Kimmel Leads Pioneers to Regular Season Sweep of St. Francis Brooklyn

Kimmel Leads Pioneers to Regular Season Sweep of St. Francis Brooklyn

FAIRFIELD, CONN. (February 6, 2016)—Behind Hannah Kimmel's (Harpursville, N.Y.) eighth double-double of the season, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team downed St. Francis Brooklyn 63-55 Saturday afternoon in the William H. Pitt Center. The RS-junior led all players with 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Pioneers improve to an even 11-11 on the season and 9-2 in Northeast Conference play. The loss drops the defending NEC champion Terriers to 4-18 on the season and 1-10 against the league.


SHU is back in action Monday night as they host the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds at 7:00 p.m. in the William H. Pitt Center.



  • Leading today's game with 18 points, Kimmel moves up the program's all-time scorers list to fourteenth place. She now needs 59 points to pass Elaine Agosti (1988-92) for thirteenth
  • Kimmel tallied her eighth double-double of the season adding 12 rebounds to her scoring total, while Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.) missed her sixth of the season by just two rebounds

Turning Point:

The Pioneers owned a five point led heading into the second half of what had up until that point been a back and forth game, but the SHU offense dominated the third quarter outscoring the Terriers 23-14 to head into the game's final period up 51-37. Sacred Heart opened the third quarter with eight unanswered points for a 36-23 lead before the teams began exchanging buckets. St. Francis Brooklyn as never able to put a run together to catch the Pioneers, however.


First Quarter:

  • Each team was held to just one field goal through the first four minutes of the game with the Terriers leading 3-2 until Tarsi put the Pioneers up 4-3 with a layup before the 4:53 media timeout
  • The Pioneers built on their lead making the first basket coming out of the break, but Maria Palarino quickly evened the score at six
  • SFBK's first nine points came on triples, as Rachel Iozzia used one with 2:33 remaining in the period for a 9-8 lead
  • With less than two minutes in the quarter, Lerae Ettienne (Kensington, Md.), who tallied 14 points in the game, kicked off a seven-point SHU run working around the defender for a layup. The run, which featured five straight points from Kimmel, put the Pioneers back on top 15-9 with 17 seconds until the buzzer
  • The Terriers landed the final bucket of the opening period, getting another three from Iozzia to go into the second period trailing by three, 15-12

Second Quarter:

  • St. Francis Brooklyn opened the second quarter on a 9-1 hot streak reclaiming the lead 21-16 after four straight points from Olivia Levey with 4:06 remaining in the half, but the Pioneers stormed back with nine unanswered points in the opening segment of a 12-2 run. Again, it was Ettienne who got things started with a lay-in with 3:44 on the clock.
  • The run, which sent the Pioneers into halftime leading 28-23, featured six points from the senior, and four from sophomore Tykera Carter (Alexandria, Va.)

Third Quarter:

  • SHU opened the second half of the game with eight straight points expanding its lead to 36-23 before Levey tallied the St. Francis Brooklyn's first two points of the half from the free throw line with 6:54 left in the quarter
  • The teams exchanged baskets through the next four minutes until Ettienne's and-one sparked a five-point streak for SHU, leading the Pioneers to a 49-31 lead
  • Sacred Heart outscored the Terriers 23-14 in the quarter, further expanding its lead, for a 51-37 lead going into the game's final stanza


Fourth Quarter:

  • The Pioneers and Terriers traded points through the first half of the quarter, but with four minutes left in regulation, SFBK began cutting into SHU's 18-point lead. Taylor Watson sparked a 10-2 hot streak for the Terriers bringing SHU's lead down to nine points, 62-53 with a minute left
  • A good free throw from rookie Danielle Durjan with under a minute to go brought the lead back to double-digits