Pioneers Fall In NEC Title Game To Robert Morris

Pioneers Fall In NEC Title Game To Robert Morris

FAIRFIELD, CONN. (March 13, 2016)— The Sacred Heart women's basketball team's NEC Tournament run ended on Sunday with a 56-51 loss to the Robert Morris Colonials at Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center.

 

Sacred Heart (20-12) was led in scoring by Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) with 13 points. Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) added nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field with Kelcey Castro (Fair Lawn, N.J.) putting up eight points. Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.) had a game-high 13 rebounds. Robert Morris' (20-12) Ashley Ravelli led all players with 14 points and seven assists. Anna Niki Stamolamprou had 10 points and eight rebounds.

 

Robert Morris led 19-14 after the first quarter, scoring eight points off of three Sacred Heart turnovers. The Pioneers used a 7-0 run midway through the second quarter to tie the game 23-23 on a Castro three-pointer with 4:44 left until halftime. The Colonials closed the half on an 8-4 run to take a 31-27 lead into the locker room.

Robert Morris took its largest lead of the game with 6:31 remaining in the third quarter on a three by Lou Mataly which made the score 40-31. The Pioneers battled back to get within three points, 42-39, with 2:50 to play in the third on an Adaysha Williams fast break layup and a Lerae Ettienne free throw. The Colonials, however, extended the lead back to six with 0.2 seconds left in the quarter on a Nia Adams three-point play that gave RMU a 45-39 lead. 

 

RMU led by seven with 4:28 to play before the Pioneers made one last charge. Sparked by two Williams free throws, SHU went on a 6-0 run to make the score 52-51 with 0:14 left. After Ravelli made two free throws to put the score at 54-51 with 0:13 to play, the Pioneers had one last chance to tie the game. With 0:06 to play, Williams put up a three that missed the mark and RMU went on to win the game.

 
 

Noteworthy:

  • Kimmel scored in double-figures for the 21st consecutive game and for the 29th time this season
  • Hickey and Kimmel were named to the NEC All-Tournament Team after averaging 10.7 and 11.7 points per game respectively through the three rounds
 

Turning Point:

  • Robert Morris got a three-point play from Nia Adams with 0.2 seconds left in the third quarter, giving the Colonials a 45-39 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
 

First Quarter:

  • Both teams were held scoreless through the first two minutes of the first quarter until Stamolamprou picked off a SHU pass and laid it in on the fast break. Kimmel was quick to answer with a lay-in of her own to tie the game 2-2 2:14 into the game.
  • The Colonials managed to string together two field goals for a 10-5 lead at the 4:52 media timeout
  • RMU got two more points coming out of the break on a Stamolamprou jumper. Tykera Carter (Alexandria, Va.) came in off the bench to stall the Colonial offense , making a tricky layup to cut Robert Morris's lead to five points, 12-7.
  • The Redshirt-Junior, who accounted for 10 of the Pioneers' first-quarter points, made it a two-point game, 14-12, with a deep triple at the 2:23 mark.
  • Carter landed the last basket of the quarter, a layup with just under a minute left, to make it a 19-14 game going into the second quarter
 

Second Quarter:

  • RMU extended its lead to seven, 23-16, on a Rebeca Navarro jumper at the 8:44 mark
  • SHU responded with a 7-0 run of their own, capped off by a Castro three that tied the game 23-23 with 4:44 remaining until halftime
  • Mikalah Mulrain tipped the score back in favor of the Colonials where it stayed until the halftime buzzer as Robert Morris outscored SHU 5-2 in the final minute of the half to go up 31-27 at halftime
 

Third Quarter:

  • Sacred Heart got the first points of the quarter on a layup from Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.), but the Colonials answered with six straight increasing their lead to eight points, 37-29
  • Hickey cut off the run with a layup with 7:51 on the clock. Over the next three minutes, the junior outscored the Colonials 7-3
  • Coming out of the media timeout, Carter continued the streak driving the lane for a layup before Williams did the same to make it a two-point game, 40-38, with 3:31 left in the period
  • With the Pioneers trailing by just three after Lerae Ettienne (Kensington, Md.) went one-for-two from the free throw line, Nia Adams converted a three-point play with 0.2 seconds left to put the Colonials ahead 45-39 going into the final quarter
 

Fourth Quarter:

  • Two layups from Hickey brought the gap down to two points, 47-45, with 6:55 left in regulation. Before the Pioneers could get anything going, Leah Wormack scored three straight (one from the foul line and two with a jumper) pushing the Colonials back ahead by five with just over five minutes to play
  • SHU went on a 6-0 run in the span of 2:33 to cut the deficit to one, 52-51, with 0:14 remaining. Williams had three of the six points, all at the foul line.
  • Williams missed a three-pointer with six seconds remaining that could have tied the game 54-54.