BROOKLYN, N.Y. (February 1, 2016)—The Sacred Heart women's basketball team dominated the second quarter Monday night, 21-9, staging the comeback that would lead the Pioneers to the 62-53 win over LIU Brooklyn 62-53 in the Steinberg Center. Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) led the Pioneer offense with 18 points, while Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.) recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds. The win improves SHU to 10-11 overall and 8-2 in Northeast Conference play, while the Blackbirds fall to 6-14 and 4-6 against NEC opponents.
The Pioneers return home Saturday afternoon to host St. Francis Brooklyn at 1:00 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader with the men's team.
After trailing 17-9 at the end of the first quarter, the Pioneers dominated the second outscoring LIU 21-9. The Blackbirds opened the second period with a triple, but Kimmel responded draining a three of her own kick starting the SHU offense. The Pioneers used the spark to go on a 10-2 spree that brought the Pioneers within three points of catching the Blackbirds, 22-19, with 6:43 remaining in the quarter. A minute later, Kimmel landed another trey knotting the score at 22 before Erin Storck (Commack, N.Y.) gave SHU the go-ahead basket with 4:53 on the clock.
- Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) dished out a season-high seven assists, tying her personal best
- Kimmel moved up a spot on the Sacred Heart all-time scorers list. Now with 1,037 career points, the RS-junior owns the No. 16 spot
- Tykera Carter (Alexandria, Va.) recorded a season-high nine points
Inside the Box:
- Alissa Tarsi recorded her fifth double-double of the season totaling 15 points and 13 rebounds
- Shanice Vaughan led all players with 23 points
- The Pioneers allowed the Blackbirds just four field goals in the second and fourth quarters
- Neither team managed to score through the first three minutes of the game until Stylz Sanders laid one in giving the first points to LIU. Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) evened the score nailing both shots from the foul line
- The Blackbirds answered with five straight points kicking off a 15-7 run that would leave them with a 17-9 lead at the end of the quarter
- LIU opened the second quarter with a triple from Shanice Vaughan, but Kimmel answered with one of her own igniting a 10-2 Pioneer run that brought SHU within three points of catching the Blackbirds, 22-19, with 6:43 remaining in the second quarter
- Almost exactly a minute later, after the Pioneer defense forced the Blackbirds into a shot clock violation, Kimmel evened the score at 22 draining a three. Rookie Storck carried on SHU's momentum with the go-ahead basket at 4:53
- Storck and Tarsi tacked on four more points making it 12 straight for SHU before Vaughn snapped a five minute Blackbird scoring streak with a layup
- Both teams scored once more before the buzzer, sending the Pioneers into the locker room owning a 30-26 lead at the half
- After shooting just .231 in the first quarter, SHU shot .692 from the floor during its second-quarter comeback
- Carter picked up right where the Pioneers left off before halftime, with back-to-back baskets to open the third quarter before the teams began exchanging baskets
- The Blackbirds came within three points of SHU, 39-36, with consecutive makes from Sanders and DeAngelique Waithe, but the Pioneers fired back as Carter and Williams combined for four points
- Kimmel drained a triple from the left wing with 3:06 remaining in the period extending SHU's lead to 10 points, 46-36, and forcing LIU Brooklyn to call a timeout
- The break proved fruitful for the Blackbirds, who scored six unanswered points cutting into Sacred Heart's lead
- SHU got the last point of the period, a free throw from Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.), to go into the final quarter leading 47-42
- The teams traded baskets to open the final stanza, before SHU expanded its lead to seven points, 55-48, with back-to-back baskets from Storck before the five-minute mark. While the defense played tough until the end, the Pioneers continued expanding their lead
- Vaughan, who led all players in scoring, accounted for the Blackbirds' first eight points of the period