Women's Basketball Concludes Road Trip with Loss to Buffalo

Women's Basketball Concludes Road Trip with Loss to Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 26, 2016)—Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) and Jenna Silletti (Huntington, N.Y.) reached double-digit points, but the Sacred Heart women's basketball team fell to Buffalo 76-55 Saturday afternoon in Alumni Arena to close out a three-game road swing. The loss drops the Pioneers to 2-3 on the young season, while the Bulls improved to 5-0.

Sacred Heart returns home Tuesday night to host Harvard in the William H. Pitt Center at 7:00 p.m.

Noteworthy:

  • Erin Storck (Commack, N.Y.) grabbed a career high nine rebounds
  • Rookie Silletti tallied a career high 13 points, scoring all but three in the fourth quarter

Inside the Box:

  • Kimmel led the Pioneers with 15 points
  • The Bulls beat Sacred Heart on the glass, outrebound SHU 57-32, which led to 22 second-chance points
  • SHU won the turnover game committing 13 to UB's 15. Unfortunately, the Pioneers could not capitalize off the turnovers like the Bulls who converted Sacred Heart turnovers for 20 points

Turning Point:
After the teams traded baskets in the opening minutes of the game, the Bulls went on a 10-point streak over a three minute period to take a 12-5 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first quarter.

 

How It Happened:

First Quarter:

  • The teams exchanged points in the opening minutes before JoAnna Smith eight straight points on the board for the Bulls. Mariah Suchan tacked on a second-chance bucket to make it 12-5 in favor of Buffalo
  • Kimmel halted the streak and made it a three-point game, 12-9, with back-to-back lay-ins before the five-minute mark
  • The Bulls put 10 straight points on the board coming out of the break while holding the Pioneers scoreless for over two minutes
  • SHU shot just 26.7% from the field in the first period as Buffalo went on to take a 26-10 lead by the buzzer

Second Quarter:

  • Buffalo continued to expand its lead in the second quarter using a 9-2 streak leading into the 4:44 media timeout to take a 39-16 lead
  • The Pioneers got off their fewest shots of any second quarter so far this season, but Storck had the last say as her teardropper fell in at the buzzer sending Sacred Heart into halftime down 47-23 

Third Quarter:

  • The Pioneers started the period hot on a 7-2 streak to cut into UB's lead
  • SHU only allowed the Bulls four points throughout the first five minutes of the quarter, cutting Buffalo's lead to 18 points, 51-33
  • While Sacred Heart had its highest-scoring quarter thus far, and held Buffalo to its lowest, SHU continued to trail by 19, 59-40, heading into the fourth

Fourth Quarter:

  • The Bulls opened the fourth quarter with seven unanswered points in the first three minutes forcing SHU Head Coach Jessica Mannetti to call a timeout. The streak led to Buffalo's largest lead of the game of 28 points, 68-40
  • Silletti broke the Pioneers' scoring gap at the 5:45 mark, landing a jumper in the paint for SHU's first points of the quarter
  • Sacred Heart scored 13 points in the last five minutes, but couldn't overcome the Bulls