Late Run Powers SHU Past Robert Morris for 62-52 Win

Late Run Powers SHU Past Robert Morris for 62-52 Win

FAIRFIELD, CONN. (February 15, 2016)—The Sacred Heart women's basketball teams sits alone atop the Northeast Conference after Monday night's 62-52 win over Robert Morris in the William H. Pitt Center. Alissa Tarsi's (Clinton, N.J.) second double-double of the weekend, which included a career-high 18 rebounds and 14 points, led the effort as the Pioneers improved to 14-11 on the season and 12-2 against NEC opponents, while the Colonials fall to 14-11 overall and 8-6 in conference. 

The Pioneers hit the road next weekend facing Fairleigh Dickinson on ESPN3 on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. before heading to Bryant for No. 1-No. 2 showdown in Smithfield.

 

Noteworthy:

  • Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.) pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds. Combined with 14 points, the senior recorded her second straight double-double and seventh of the season
  • Fifteen points of the Pioneers' 21-8 game-ending run were from the free throw line
  • Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) tallied 12 points, extending her double-digit streak to 14 games
 

Turning Point:
With SHU down one, 44-43, and just 4:28 left in regulation, Tarsi tallied six straight points bringing the Pioneer defense to life, and giving SHU a 47-44 lead, sparking a 21-8 game-ending streak

 

Inside the Box:

  • Tarsi grabbed eight rebounds in the first quarter alone, and amounted 10 in the first half
  • Each team won two quarters. After SHU edged out the Colonials in the first 14-12, RMU took the next two 15-13 and 12-9 respectively. But the Pioneers dominated the fourth quarter 26-13
 

First Quarter:

  • Tarsi opened the game with a jumper in the paint, but RMU responded with five straight points for an early lead
  • The teams exchanged points, but the Colonials always came out on top until Hickey and Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) combined for four straight to even the score at seven just inside the six-minute mark
  • Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) kept the streak going circling the defense for a layup coming out of the 4:48 media timeout
  • The Colonials reclaimed the lead on Ravelli's triple, 10-9, and Jocelynne Jones made it a three-point game when Anna Niki Stamolamprou found her under the basket for the lay-in with 2:30 left in the period
  • SHU ended the quarter on top, 14-12, using a five-point run to do so. Castro and Tarsi evened the score at 12 combining for three points all from the free throw line, before Tykera Carter (Alexandria, Va.) landed a layup in the final minute
 

Second Quarter:

  • Tarsi added to the Pioneers' lead, once again scoring the first basket of the quarter with a layup, but from there the teams exchanged baskets, but SHU managed to maintain its small lead throughout the majority of the period
  • Using consecutive baskets, the Colonials knotted the score at 22 with 2:38 left in the half. Castro tipped the scales back in SHU's favor going two-for-two from the charity stripe, but Ravelli's third three of the night put the Colonials up by one, 25-24 going into the final minute
  • Tarsi and Kimmel tallied three from the line to put the Pioneers up by two with just 11 seconds, but Janee Brown landed the last-second to send the teams into halftime even at 27
 

Third Quarter:

  • Mikalah Mulrain broke the tie just over a minute into the period with a layup. That would be the only field goal in the first five minutes of the quarter until Castro tied it back up from the free throw line and drained a triple to put the Pioneers up 32-29 before the 4:17 media timeout
  • The score tied three more times and exchanged hands twice before the end of the quarter, but the Colonials got the last word with Lou Mataly's triple six seconds before the buzzer for a 39-36 lead going into the game's final stanza
 

Fourth Quarter:

  • Neither team was able to score in the first three minutes of the quarter, but just inside the seven-minute mark, Kimmel landed a three to once again even the score. A minute later it was Ravelli again from downtown to give the Colonials the advantage
  • Hickey laid one in the bring SHU within one, 42-41, but Rebeca Navarro landed one of her own on the put-back making it once again a three-point game before the 4:39 media timeout
  • A six-point run by Tarsi gave the Pioneers their largest lead of the half so far, 47-44, with just over three minutes left in regulation
  • Ravelli, who led the game with 18 points, cut SHU's lead to one point, 47-46, with a jumper in the paint, but Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) fended off the threatening Colonials landing a quick layup off the inbound, and picking off a Colonial pass and taking to the hoop on the fast break boosting SHU to a lead the Colonials could not come back from
  • Fifteen points of the Pioneers' 21-8 game-ending run were from the free throw line