Pioneers Lose Battle with Bryant

Pioneers Lose Battle with Bryant

FAIRFIELD, CONN. (January 30, 2016)—The Sacred Heart women's basketball team lost Saturday afternoon's battle to Bryant 61-59 in the William H. Pitt Center. Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) led all players with 22 points as the Pioneers fall to 9-11 overall and 7-2 in Northeast Conference play. While SHU put up a good fight in a game where the lead changed hands 12 times, Bryant remained undefeated in conference and improves to 12-8 on the season with the win.

The Pioneers open February on the road Monday night, heading to LIU Brooklyn for a 7:00 p.m. tip.


Inside the Box:

  • Each team was held to single digits in a period with SHU outscoring Bryant 14-6 in the second, and the Bulldogs winning the third quarter 19-8
  • Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.) flirted with a double-double totaling eight points and eight rebounds
  • Breanna Rucker recoreded a double-double leading the Bulldogs with 17 points, and all players with 15 rebounds
  • Bryant's work at the glass was a key factor in the win. The Bulldogs grabbed 45 rebounds to Sacred Heart's 32

First Quarter:

  • Bryant wasted no time, scoring on its first possession with a triple from Kierra Palmer, but Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) quickly answered draining a bucket from the top of the key sparking a seven-point SHU run
  • The Bulldogs reclaimed the lead, 8-7, as Tiersa Winder and Rucker combined for five points
  • Castro single-handedly gave Sacred Heart the advantage with five straight points for a 12-8 lead with 5:30 remaining in the period. Kimmel added to the Pioneers' lead with a teardrop jumper in the paint before the 4:54 media timeout
  • Bryant made it a two-point game, 14-12, with 3:32 remaining on Rucker's fast break, but Lerae Ettienne (Kensington, Md.) and Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) teamed up for four straight points to push off the threatening Bulldogs
  • The Bulldogs made the push at the end of the quarter, ending on a six-point run, tying the game at 18 with just nine seconds on the clock. The tie would hold through the buzzer

Second Quarter:

  • Nearly 90 seconds into the second quarter, Rucker finally broke the tie going 2-for-2 from the foul line
  • Williams on the response for SHU, driving the lane for a lay-up, sparked a six-point Pioneer run, lifting SHU to a 24-20 advantage
  • Maureen Leahy attempted to slow the SHU offense with four straight points evening the score at 24, but the Pioneers fired back as Ettienne, Williams and Kimmel put eight unanswered points on the board before the end of the half for a 32-24 lead

Third Quarter:

  • The Pioneers shot just 10% (1-10) in the first five minutes of the third quarter, while Bryant chipped away at their lead. On a 7-1 run before the 4:55 media timeout, the Bulldogs came within two points of SHU, 35-33
  • With 3:15 left in the quarter, Alex Klein boosted Bryant to its first lead of the second half, 36-35, getting the and-one call under the basket and converting the three-point play
  • Rucker and Dani Anderson combined for five points adding to the Bulldogs' lead and forcing SHU Head Coach Jessica Mannetti to call a timeout with 2:08 on the clock and the Pioneers down by six, 61-35
  • After holding Bryant to single digit points in the second quarter (14-6), the Pioneers were minimized to just eight points and two field goals in the third
  • SHU chipped away though, ending the period on a 5-2 streak that brought the Pioneers within three points, 43-40, going into the final quarter

Fourth Quarter:

  • Going 1-for-2 from the foul line before banking in a layup, Kimmel knotted the score at 43 early in the final stanza
  • Winder answered with a triple of her own starting the teams in back-and-forth action with the score tying at 46 and 48, before Leahy and Ivory Bailey combined for five straight lifting the Bulldogs to a 53-48 lead
  • Kimmel and Bailey traded threes, with Kimmel's at 3:32 minimizing Bryant's lead to two points, 56-54. With just over three minutes to play, Williams tied the game at 56 making both her free throws. Kimmel added one of her own less than a minute later putting SHU up 57-56
  • Over the next minute, the teams exchanged baskets and the lead. With just 25 seconds to play, the Bulldogs took a 60-59 lead on Klein's lay-in, and the Pioneers were unable to make up the difference before the buzzer