FAIRFIELD, CONN. (March 6, 2016)—The Sacred Heart women's basketball team advances to the Northeast Conference semifinal with Saturday's 66-47 defeat of the eight seeded Mount St. Mary's in the quarterfinal. Behind NEC Player of the Year Hannah Kimmel's (Harpursville, N.Y.) tenth double-double of the season, the Pioneers clinched NEC Coach of the Year Jessica Mannetti's first NEC Tournament win of her three-year career.
SHU started off hot jumping out to an early 10-0 lead, thanks to Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) and Kelcey Castro (Fair Lawn, N.J.) landing the first four field goals of the game, and never looked back.
With the two high seeds, Bryant and Robert Morris, winning the early games, the Pioneers will host the winner of No. 4 Saint Francis U and No. 5 Central Connecticut Wednesday night in the William H. Pitt Center for a 7:00 p.m. semifinal game.
- The Pioneers held Mount St. Mary's to single-digit scoring in both of the first two quarters, allowing the Mount to score seven in the first and nine in the second
- Sacred Heart landed a season-high 11 three-point field goals
- Kimmel recorded her tenth double-double of the season adding 10 rebounds to her game-leading 12 points
- In addition to Kimmel, three other Pioneers reached double figures as Castro tied the NEC Player of the Year with 12 points, and Williams and Tykera Carter (Alexandria, Va.) each tallied 11
- Williams was nearly perfect from the floor knocking down four of her five shots, and going 3-for-3 from deep
- Williams gave the Pioneers an early three-point lead, knocking down the shot from the right corner on the game's first possession. Castro tacked on four more driving the lane for two baskets forcing Mount St. Mary's to call a timeout less than two minutes into the game
- The Pioneers extended their lead to 10-0 before the Mountaineers got on the board with a layup from Seraphina Arthur-Williams with 6:19 on the clock
- Sacred Heart held the Mount to just two field goals and seven points in the opening chapter to go into the second quarter leading 17-7
- Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) got things started in the second draining a three to give the Pioneers 20 points. MSM held Sacred Heart there through the next five minutes while it went on to score four points to bring SHU's lead down to nine points
- Carter snapped SHU's scoring drought hitting the long three just before the five-minute mark
- Alexis Carter answered with a three of her own sparking a 6-2 streak for the Mount that once again brought Sacred Heart's lead down to single-digits, 25-16, with 2:50 remaining in the half
- A Kimmel three got things going again for the Pioneers, igniting a seven points run that SHU road to the halftime buzzer, improving their lead to 32-16 at the break
- Kimmel got things started in the second half with back-to-back threes inside the first minute of the quarter
- Mount St. Mary's outscored SHU 6-2 over the next two minutes to bring the Pioneers' lead back until 20 points. Williams, Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J) and Castro pushed the lead back out to 23 points with an 8-2 run
- The Mount made it a 16-point game, scoring seven straight, but Carter scored the final five points of the quarter, including the buzzer-beating triple, to give SHU a 53-32 going into the game's final stanza
- MSM got the first four points of the fourth quarter, forcing Mannetti to call a timeout. Coming out of the break, Lerae Ettienne (Kensington, Md.) started back-and-forth action
- With 5:31 remaining in the game, the senior and Hickey combined for a 7-2 streak over a four minute period to put SHU up 64-24 heading into the game's final minute