AMES, IOWA (December 21, 2016)—Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) and Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) led the Pioneers with 14 and 12 points respectively, but Sacred Heart women's basketball fell to Iowa State 76-56 Wednesday night in SHU's final non-conference game of the season. The loss drops the Pioneers to 3-8 on the year heading into the holiday break.
SHU came out strong in the first, but a 7-2 run by the Cyclones expanded their lead and leading to a 20-8 score after the first quarter. Poor shooting in the second quarter by the Pioneers didn't help and they went into halftime trailing 43-17.
Sacred Heart rebounded in the second half coming out strong from the get-go with a 10-point streak brought on by a Katherine Haines (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) triple to cut ISU's lead to 43-27. The Pioneers went on to win the quarter 21-15 making it 58-38 going into the fourth.
The teams traded points in the fourth to finish the period even with 18 points each, but the first half led to the Cyclones' ninth win of the season.
After a quick holiday break, the Pioneers open Northeast Conference play at home on December 29 in a rematch of last year's NEC championship game against Robert Morris.
- Kimmel tied her personal best with five steals, the most by a Pioneer in a single game so far this season
- Ashley Arroyo (Hamden, Conn.) made her collegiate debut in the fourth quarter
Inside the Box:
- The Pioneers won the third quarter, 21-15, and were even with Iowa State in the fourth with each team scoring 18 points
- SHU won the turnover game only committing 12 to ISU's 17, and capitalized off those 17 for 19 points
- Rebounding led to the Cyclones' victory as they collected 62, the most by any SHU opponent this year, and used them for 24 second-chance points
How it Happened:
- Iowa State took the first four points of the game before Williams put the Pioneers on the board with a jumper
- From there the teams exchanged baskets for the next three minutes, as the Pioneers trailed 8-4 at the 4:50 media timeout
- The Cyclones came out of the break on a 7-2 run to improve their lead to 15-6 with 2:50 on the close
- Kimmel attempted to get the Pioneers going late in the period landing a jumper, but ISU put five more points on the board before the buzzer to own a 20-8 lead going into the second quarter
- The Cyclones put up 10 unanswered points in the first 4:40 of the second quarter forcing SHU Head Coach Jessica Mannetti to call a timeout
- Kimmel finally scored the Pioneers' first points of the second half after the break picking off a pass and running it back for the fast break layup
- Emily Durr answered with a triple for the Cyclones before Kimmel and Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) went back-to-back from downtown to cut into ISU's lead, 33-16
- Fouls called on the Pioneers resulted in four straight points for Iowa State from the charity stripe before Seanna Johnson tacked on four with consecutive lay-ins
- Johnson added one more before the halftime buzzer sending SHU into the break down 43-17
- Haines got the Pioneers off to a hot start in the second half landing a trey less than 10 seconds in. The r-sophomore sparked a 10-point streak for the Pioneers that cut ISU's lead to 43-27
- Bowe attempted to stop SHU's hot streak with a layup, but Kimmel and Hickey combined for five to keep the offense going
- A pair of free throws from Bowe started a six-point run for the Cyclones before Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) converted the and-one basket at the 2:29 mark
- The Cyclones found their shot at the end of the period, outscoring SHU 7-3 in the final 1:37 for a 58-38 lead by the buzzer
- Jadda Buckey opened the fourth with a three, but Kimmel answered with one of her own followed by a jumper from Williams
- From there the teams traded points over the next five minutes before the Cyclones went on a brief five-point run
- Kiana Ye (Williamstown, N.J.) had the last say draining a triple just seconds before the final horn