FAIRFIELD, CONN. (January 26, 2016)—Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.) came through in the clutch with two last-minute baskets to lift the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a 61-58 victory over Mount St. Mary's Tuesday night in the William H. Pitt Center. Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) led the team with 17 points as the Pioneers improve their win streak to seven straight games, moving to 9-10 on the season and 7-1 in Northeast Conference play.
SHU is back in action Saturday afternoon as they take on first place Bryant at 1:00 p.m.
After Mount staged a comeback with a 19-2 run over the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters, the Pioneers chipped away reclaiming the lead with 42 seconds remaining on an Tarsi lay-in. Alexis Carter quickly retaliated landing a jumper before Sacred Heart Head Coach Jessica Mannetti called a timeout to draw up the game-winning play. With 5.5 seconds on the clock, Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) once again found Tarsi in the paint. A little fancy footwork around the defender and Tarsi found the basket giving SHU the game's final lead.
Inside the Box:
- Mount St. Mary's Jessica Harris led the game with 18 points
- The Mount's comeback was spurred by aggression at the boards as MSM grabbed 19 offensive rebounds to SHU's nine, scoring 14 second-change points
- The Pioneers out shot the Mount .418 (23-55) to .371 (23-62)
- After neither team scored through the first 90 seconds of the game, Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) kicked off six straight Pioneer points with a layup. The early lead forced Mount St. Mary's to burn a timeout
- The break didn't slow Sacred Heart as they went on to add five more points to their total for an 11-0 lead, while holding the Mount scoreless for over six minutes as Harris made the first field goal with 3:51 on the clock
- Harris got MSM going as they closed the period on an 8-4 run minimizing the Pioneers' lead to 15-8 but the buzzer
- SHU put the first five points of the period on the board with a triple from rookie Erin Storck (Commack, N.Y.) and a layup from Williams, but it was all back and forth from there as the teams traded baskets through the quarter
- Only allowing Mount two consecutive baskets in the 10 minutes, the Pioneers went into halftime owning a 30-20 lead
- Each team landed a layup before a 2:30 scoring drought before Williams landed two free throws improving the Pioneers lead
- Katrice Dickson drained a triple for Mount St. Mary's, once again triggering back-and-forth action
- Kimmel, Catro and Lerae Ettienne (Kensington, Md.) combined for 6-2 spree further expanding Sacred Heart's lead, 42-29, with just under three minutes remaining in the quarter
- The Mount nailed the last two shots of the period with back-to-back threes from Kathleen Belanger-Finn and Alexis Carter cutting SHU's lead to nine points, 47-39
- MSM's hot shooting continued in the fourth quarter with Carter and Sarafina Arthur-Williams making consecutive shots, limiting SHU's lead to just three points, 47-44, and forcing Mannetti to call a timeout to rally the team with 8:35 left to play
- Castro attempted to halt the streak making both her shots from the free throw line, but Carter answered with the team's fifth triple of the night leaving SHU with a two-point lead, 49-47
- With 6:46 left in regulation, Belanger-Finn drained a big three giving the Mount its first lead of the game, 50-49, as part of a 17-2 run that carried over from the end of the third quarter. Jody Chickey expanded Mount St. Mary's streak with two good foul shots
- The Pioneers just couldn't get the shots to fall late in the half, landing just one field goal through a six minute period until Williams got the three-point play on the and-one call, making it a two-point game, 56-54, with 1:39 to play
- With less than a minute to go, Tarsi used some fancy footwork to find the basket landing a layup through three defenders to put SHU up by one, 57-56, but Carter quickly answered with a jumper giving Mount back the advantage. With 19 minutes to play, Mannetti called a timeout to draw up a play
- With 5.5 on the clock, Castro found Tarsi in the paint for one of her signature lay-ins to put the Pioneers ahead. Castro extended it to a three-point game going two-for-two from the charity stripe