TEANECK, N.J. (February 20, 2016)—The Sacred Heart women's basketball team completed the regular-season sweep of Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday afternoon in the Stratis Arena thanks to five players' double-figure scoring performances. Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) paced the Pioneers with 16 points in the 80-65 victory.
Trailing 14-11 after the first quarter, SHU shot .667 (10-15) from the floor in a dominating second quarter that saw Sacred Heart outscore the Knights 23-12. After the lead traded sides seven times in the period, the Pioneers went on a nine-point hot streak to close out the half boosting SHU to an eight-point lead, 34-26, that FDU would never come back from.
Monday night, the Pioneers head to Smithfield, R.I. for a one-verses-two matchup against the Bryant Bulldogs at 7:00 p.m. live on ESPN3.
- The Pioneers had five players in double-figure points for the first time in over a year with the last time being SHU's high-scoring affair against Saint Francis U on January 17, 2015. In addition to Kimmel, Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) totaled 13, rookie Erin Storck (Commack, N.Y.), who was a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor in the first half, added a career-best 12 points, while Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.) posted her sixth straight double-digit game with 11, and Tykera Carter (Alexandria, Va.) tallied a season-high 10 points
- Erika Livermore, on her senior day, led the game with 23 points and eight rebounds
With the Knights leading 26-25, Lerae Ettienne (Kensington, Md.) found Williams at the top of the key. The junior drained a three with just over two minutes to play in the second quarter putting SHU back on top. Kimmel and Ettienne extended the streak, and rookie Storck had the last-second put-back basket to complete the nine-point run and send SHU into halftime leading 34-26.
- Tarsi got things started making one of two free throws for the first point of the game, but the Knights answered with five straight for an early lead
- Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) drove the lane to stop FDU's streak. Combined with Hannah Kimmel's two points from the charity stripe, the score was even at five with 7:22 left in the period
- Brianna Thomas broke the score in favor of the Knights with consecutive buckets for five points. In the final possession of the period, Storck sank a jumper with just three seconds on the clock sending SHU into the second quarter trailing 14-11
- After Livermore landed the first bucket of the period, Kimmel sparked a six-point streak that culminated with Ettienne giving the Pioneers a 17-16 lead less than two minutes in with a layup
- After the teams traded baskets and the lead, Carter and Storck combined for six points for a 23-20 Pioneer lead, but FDU answered with six straight points of its own to reclaim the lead 26-25 with 2:28 left in the half
- With just over two minutes on the clock, Ettienne found an open Williams at the top of the key. The junior knocked down her shot igniting a nine-point, quarter-ending run, but more importantly putting SHU back on top 28-26. Storck's last-second putback capped the streak and sent Sacred Heart into halftime with a 34-26 lead
- Kelsey Cruz got things started in the second half with a jumper, but Hickey and Tarsi answered with three points extending SHU's lead. The opening minutes were telling of the quarter, as the Pioneers prevented FDU from getting anything going by never allowing more than one basket at a time
- After another three from Williams and an uncontested layup from Tarsi extended Sacred Heart's lead to 11 points, 44-33, the Knights called a timeout just inside the six-minute mark
- The Pioneers continued to expand their lead throughout the quarter to head into the game's final chapter with a 56-42 advantage
- After Carter made the first basket of the quarter, FDU outscored the Pioneers 12-3 over a four-minute span cutting SHU's lead to eight points, 62-54, with 5:20 left in regulation, but the Pioneers held on through every threat