EMMITSBURG, MD (February 29, 2016)—The Sacred Heart women's basketball team closed out the regular season with Monday night's 60-52 win over Mount St. Mary's in the Knott Arena behind Hannah Kimmel's third straight 20-plus point performance. The RS-junior led the game with 21 points and missed a double-double by just three rebounds. The Pioneers, who clinched the No. 1 seed in the Northeast Conference Tournament on Saturday, finish the regular season 18-11 overall and 16-2 against conference opponents, while the loss drops the Mount's regular season record to 9-20 and 7-11 in NEC play.
Having clinched the Regular Season Title on Saturday, the Pioneers will host the No. 8 Mountaineers in the first round of the NEC Tournament in the William H. Pitt Center on Sunday, March 6 for a 1:00 p.m. quarterfinal matchup.
- Three Pioneers grabbed seven rebounds, with Kelcey Castro (Fair Lawn, N.J.) tying her personal best
- Kimmel recorded her third 20-plus point performance in a row, and tenth of the season
- SHU finished the regular season having won its last nine games, and 16 of its last 17
- This is the fourth time in program history that Sacred Heart is the sole owner of the Regular Season crown. Each of the previous three times, the Pioneers have gone on to win the NEC Championship and a bid to the NCAA Tournament
Down 20-16 with five minutes left in the second quarter, Kimmel laid one in cutting the Mount's lead to two points. After a two and a half minute scoring drought for both teams, Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) drained the big three that gave the Pioneers their first lead of the game, 21-20. Lerae Ettienne (Kensington, Md.) built on the lead banking a shot in for two points capping off the seven-point run. Mount St. Mary's Jody Chickey landed a jumper with 19 seconds on the clock bringing SHU's lead back to just one point, but Kimmel landed a triple in the last 10 seconds to boost Sacred Heart to a 26-22 lead at the half.
- The teams traded points through the first five minutes of the game with the Mount holding a 7-3 lead at the 4:23 media timeout thanks to six early turnovers by the Pioneers
- In the latter 10 minutes, MSM went on an 11-6 run that maxed out its lead at nine points, 15-6, inside the final minute, but Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) had the last word ending the quarter with a jumper to send SHU into the second period down 15-8
- Sacred Heart shot just 27.3% in the opening 10 minutes, making just three field goals
- Kimmel quickly made it a three-point game, scoring the first four points of the second quarter forcing Mount St. Mary's to call a timeout with 8:07 on the clock
- Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.) made both her shots from the foul line coming out of the break the minimize the Mount's lead to just one point, 15-14, but Stacey Koutris pushed off the threatening Pioneers burying a three for MSM's first field goal of the period with 6:51 remaining
- Over four minutes later, after a Kimmel layup brought SHU within two points, Hickey drained a big three that gave the Pioneers' their first lead of the game, 21-20. On the next possession, Lerae Ettienne (Kensington, Md.) added two points to the lead, banking in a layup
- SHU shot 54.5% (6-11) in the second quarter while holding Mount to just seven points to head into halftime with a 26-22 lead
- After Hickey got things going with a layup, the teams exchanged baskets throughout the period with Kelcey Castro's (Fair Lawn, N.J.) four-point streak being the only run of the first six minutes
- Each team managed brief sprints no longer than five points in the final 90 second of the game, but the Pioneers maintained a nine-point lead, 44-35, going into the final stanza
- The Mountaineers struck first in the fourth with two points from Jessica Harris at the foul line. Kimmel answered with a three bringing SHU's lead back to 10 points, but another two foul shots for the Mount sparked a five-point streak that cut the Pioneers' lead down to 47-42 with just under six minutes left in regulation
- The teams traded points over the next two minutes with the Pioneers out scoring MSM 8-3 to bring their lead back to double-digits, 55-45, on a Castro three with just under three minutes to play
- A Kayla Bates free throw sparked a four-point streak for the Mountaineers, but SHU held on until the end for the win