Pioneers Cruise to First Place Tie with 71-47 Rout of LIU Brooklyn

Pioneers Cruise to First Place Tie with 71-47 Rout of LIU Brooklyn

FAIRFIELD, CONN. (February 8, 2016)—The Sacred Heart women's basketball team moves into a tie for first place in the Northeast Conference with Monday night's 71-47 rout of LIU Brooklyn. The Pioneers outscored the Blackbirds 15-7 in the first quarter and never looked back, cruising to their 12th win of the season to improve to 12-11 overall, and 10-2 in the Northeast Conference. Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) led the charge with her ninth double-double of the season leading all players with 18 points, and 10 rebounds.

SHU continues the homestand this Saturday as they host in-state rival Central Connecticut State at 1:00 p.m. in the William H. Pitt Center. Earlier this season, the Pioneers won a double-overtime battle with the Blue Devils 61-57 in New Britain, Conn.

 

Noteworthy:

  • Twenty-four points is the Pioneers' largest margin of victory this season
  • For the 12th straight game, and 20th time this season, Kimmel reached double-digit points. The RS-junior pulled down 10 rebounds in addition to her 18 points
  • Sacred Heart improves to 5-0 when playing on Mondays
 

Inside the Box:

  • The Blackbirds used 20 offensive rebounds for 12 second-chance points, outrebounding Sacred Heart 40-38 overall. LIU Brooklyn's Jolanna Ford led all players at the glass with 13 rebounds
  • Kimmel was one of three Pioneers that reached double-digit points, as Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) was right behind her with 17 points, and Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.) tallied 16
 

First Quarter:

  • Stylz Sanders opened scoring nearly two minutes into the first, putting two points on the board for the Blackbirds
  • Hannah Kimmel lifted the Pioneers to a 3-2 lead just 10 seconds later landing a triple. The RS-junior extended SHU's slight lead going 1-for-2 from the free throw line before the seven-minute mark
  • DeAngelique White ended a four-minute scoring drought, and evened the score at four, with two good shots from the free throw line, but the Pioneers again answered with a three, this time from Castro from the top of the key
  • The senior's trey kicked off an 11-3 run for the Pioneers that sent them into the second quarter with a 15-7 lead over the Blackbirds
  • SHU held LIU Brooklyn to just two field goals and seven points, the least points an opponent has scored against Sacred Heart in the game's opening period
 

Second Quarter:

  • The teams exchanged points to start the second quarter, but Tarsi got the SHU offense going as she and Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) combined for four points
  • With just over six minutes remaining in the period, Ford attempted to halt the Pioneers with a triple, but Tarsi once again got things started as SHU put seven straight points on the board taking its largest lead thus far, 14 points, 28-13 with 4:11 on the clock
  • Sacred Heart shot .466 (7-15) from the floor in the quarter to outscore the Blackbirds 16-8, expanding its lead to 31-15 at halftime
 

Third Quarter:

  • SHU picked up right where it left off, opening the second half with an 8-2 streak, taking its lead to 39-17 with 7:38 remaining in the quarter
  • The Blackbirds began to cut into the Pioneers' lead as Brianna Farris tallied four straight points bringing a spark to the LIU offense before the seven-minute mark. Castro attempted to stop the Blackbirds in their tracks making one of two shots from the free throw line, but Shanovia Dove grabbed her own rebound and put it back capping LIU's 8-1 run as Sacred Heart Head Coach Jessica Mannetti called a timeout with 4:40 left in the quarter. The break didn't slow down LIU, who added four more points from the foul like
  • The Blackbirds brought the Pioneers lead back to 16 points by the end of the quarter, as both teams tallied 15 points
 

Fourth Quarter:

  • Tarsi put the Pioneers on the board first in the final stanza making both shots from the charity stripe, but Dove one-upped her answering with a triple before LIU Brooklyn called a timeout to try to draw up a fourth-quarter comeback
  • Farris got the and-one basket come out of the break, but the Blackbirds were stopped there as Tarsi, Castro and Kimmel combined for eight unanswered points bringing SHU's lead to 56-38 with just over six minutes to play
  • With 4:41 left in regulation, Castro sparked a 14-5 Pioneer streak that closed out the game