FAIRFIELD, CONN. (December 29, 2016)— Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) opened up conference play for the Sacred Heart Women's Basketball team going a perfect 8-8 from the floor and posting a career high 23 points. The senior drained seven shots from downtown to help lead the Pioneers to a 69-59 win over Robert Morris. Katherine Haines (Ridgefield, N.J.) registered her first career double-double as she grabbed 14 rebounds, and 12 points.
In the third quarter, the Colonials took their largest lead of the night of seven points after hitting a shot from downtown to extend their lead to 28-21. Sacred Heart's Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) pulled the Pioneers back into the game after posting back to back three point shots to give SHU their first lead of the second half, 36-33.
Haines secured the first double-double of her career after a made layup early in the fourth quarter, but Hickey was the star of the show, in the closing quarter of the game as she went 4-4 from beyond the arc and posted 12 points. The Pioneers finished the fourth quarter with 31 points, their highest scoring quarter of the year, and having four individuals scoring in the double digits.
The Pioneers are back at home Saturday to take on the Red Flash of Saint Francis U at 1:00 p.m.
- Haines pulled down a career high 12 rebounds, and posted her first career double-double combining her boards and 14 points.
- Hickey registered a career high 23 points after going a perfect 8-8 from the field and 7-7 beyond the arc
- Four Pioneers finished with double digits for the first time this season. In addition to Haines and Hickey, Kimmel and Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) tallied 18 and 14 points respectively
Inside the Box:
- The Pioneers grabbed 35 rebounds
- SHU shot above 50% from the field for the second time this season, ending the night with a field goal percentage of .510 (26-51)
- Late in the third quarter, Kimmel and Hickey hit a trio of three pointers to give the Pioneers their first lead of the second half and they didn't show any sign of giving it up from that point on. Hickey kicked things off hitting her fourth triple at 4:23 to close the Colonial lead to one point, 31-30. Kimmel closed things out hitting not one, but two three point baskets to jump the Pioneers ahead, and give them their first lead of the second half, 36-33, with 3:29 on the clock
How It Happened:
- The Pioneers went on an 8-0 run to start the game, four points coming from Kimmel, and the other four coming from Haines
- Robert Morris struggled early missing their first ten attempts, but answered with two shots beyond the arc to cut the lead in half at 12-6 at 2:28
- The Colonials' only points came from beyond the arc, shooting 33.3%
- SHU ended the first quarter leading 12-9, with an impressive field goal percentage of .545
- Hickey drained a deep three at 7:27 to extend the SHU lead to 15-11
- Robert Morris tied the game up at 15, after a jump shot from Navarro at 6:19
- Haines lead the Pioneers in rebounds in the first half posting nine boards
- Hickey lead SHU in the second quarter with two big threes to close the gap for the Pioneers as they ended the first half trailing 25-21
- The Colonials came out hot in the third posting the first points with a made three pointer from Janee Brown. Williams would then answer that with a jump shot at 7:26 to cut RMU's lead to five
- As the Pioneers closed the gap coming within three points, the Colonials continued to capitalize from downtown, making their sixth three pointer of the game to extend the lead to 31-27 midway thru the third quarter
- A pair of shots from downtown gives the Pioneers their first lead of the second half as Kimmel and Hickey both hit their marks. Pioneers lead 33-31 at 3:39 in the 3rd
- The Pioneers ended the third quarter with a 13-2 run to lead 38-33 heading into the game's final stanza
- Kimmel and Haines both add baskets early in the last quarter to keep the lead, 42-38
- Hickey had no trouble staying in her rhythm beyond the arc as she hit her seventh three point basket of the game and set a new career high in triples, she ended the night shooting a perfect 7-7 from downtown
- The Pioneers finished the night lighting up the scoreboard with 31 points in the fourth quarter, and opened NEC play with a 69-59 victory