Kelcey Castro Records Season High 17 Points As SHU Takes Down Bryant 66-59

Kelcey Castro Records Season High 17 Points As SHU Takes Down Bryant 66-59

Fairfield, CT. (February 4, 2017)— The Sacred Heart women's basketball team kicked off their annual "Pink Game" as they picked up a 66-59 win over the Bryant Bulldogs. Kelcey Castro who recorded a new season high 17 points led Sacred Heart. Three Pioneers finished the night in the double digits as Hannah Kimmel posted 15 points, and Katherine Haines tallied 14.

 

Haines got things started for SHU as she picked up an early layup to put the Pioneers up 2-0 After a steal from Kimmel, Castro hit a pair of shots beyond the arc to move the score to 8-0 with 7:31 remaining in the first The Bulldogs got their first points on the board following the pair of threes, but SHU's Haines would add another layup, forcing Bryant to take an early timeout. Bryant's Kierra Palmer would hit a shot beyond the arc to move the score to 12-5 midway thru the first quarter. The bulldogs would tie the game up at 17-17 after a layup from Sydney Holloway with 1:47 remaining the first quarter. Shelby Hickey would keep Sacred Heart in the lead, adding a pair of baskets to end the first quarter 22-17.

 

The Bulldogs would start the second quarter going 4-4 from the charity stripe, moving the score within one, with SHU leading 22-21. Kimmel would answer with 7:04 as she added a layup to give the Pioneers the three point advantage. Bryant's Haley Connors would add a bucket from beyond the arc to tie the score up 24-24 with 4:41 remaining.  Kimmel would give SHU the 29-26 advantage going into halftime, after adding a shot beyond the arc.

 

Kimmel started off the second half picking up a steal, which lead to a layup to give the Pioneers the 31-26 lead. Williams would hit a big three to extend the Pioneer lead to 10, where they held a 36-26 advantage with just under 7:00 remaining in the third quarter. Following an offensive board from Kimmel, Castro would hit her fourth triple of the night, to put SHU up 44-35 with 1:16 remaining. The bulldogs would add two more points as they go into the final quarter 45-37, Sacred Heart leading.

 

A beautiful dish from Tykera Carter would give Haines a layup, the Bulldogs would then turn the ball over which would lead to another Haines layup, leaving the score 50-42 with 7:23 remaining. The Bulldogs would answer with a Masey Zegarowski triple. Castro would hit, yet again another bucket from downtown to move the score 53-47 with just under 5:00 remaining in regulation.  Erin Storck would go on to hit big back-to-back threes to give the Pioneers a 59-48 advantage with 2:26 remaining. The Bulldogs would claw back as they moved the score within eight, but SHU would hold on taking the win 66-59.

 

 

Noteworthy:

  • The Pioneers went on a 12-2 run to start the game, where Castro hit back-to-back buckets from downtown. Sacred Heart would finish the first quarter shooting 44.4% (8-18) from the field 
  • Three Pioneers finish in double digits, as Castro leads the way with 17 points, Kimmel finishes with 15, and Haines with 14.
  • Castro records new season high after posting 17 points.

Inside the Box:

  • The Bulldogs managed to outrebound the Pioneers 44-33. Haines lead the Pioneers with eight rebounds. SHU finished the night shooting 36.1% (22-61) from the field.

 

Turning Point:

  • Castro would hit her fifth bucket from beyond the arc to move the score to 53-47 in the closing five minutes of regulation, where the Bulldogs couldn't come back from the deficit. Castro who would finish the night with 17 points that would make a new season high.
 

How It Happened:

First Quarter:

  • Haines got things started for SHU as she picked up an early layup to put the Pioneers up 2-0
  • After a steal from Kimmel, Castro hit a pair of shots beyond the arc to move the score to 8-0 with 7:31 remaining in the first
  • The Bulldogs got their first points on the board following the pair of threes, but SHU's Haines would add another layup, forcing Bryant to take an early timeout
  • Bryant's Palmer, would hit a shot beyond the arc to move the score to 12-5 midway thru the first quarter
  • Bryant would go on a 7-0 run to move the score to 15-12 with 3:06 remaining, till Haines would break the run adding another layup
  • The bulldogs would tie the game up at 17-17 after a layup from Holloway with 1:47 remaining the first quarter, Hickey would keep Sacred Heart in the lead, adding a pair of baskets to end the first quarter 22-17

 

Second Quarter:

  • The Bulldogs would start the second quarter going 4-4 from the charity stripe, moving the score within one, with SHU leading 22-21. Kimmel would answer with 7:04 as she added a layup to give the Pioneers the three point advantage
  • Bryant's Connors would add a bucket from beyond the arc to tie the score up 24-24 with 4:41 remaining
  • After neither team scoring for 5:50 in the second quarter, Haines broke the silence and added a layup to give the Pioneers the 26-24 advantage with 1:19 left in the first half
  • Kimmel would give SHU the 29-26 advantage going into halftime, after adding a shot beyond the arc

 

Third Quarter:

  • Kimmel started off the second half picking up a steal, that lead to a layup to give the Pioneers the 31-26 lead
  • Williams would hit a big three to extend the Pioneer lead to 10, where they held a 36-26 advantage with just under 7:00 remaining in the third quarter
  • Following an offensive board from Kimmel, Castro would hit her fourth triple of the night, to put SHU up 44-35 with 1:16 remaining

 

Fourth Quarter:

  • A beautiful dish from Carter would give Haines a layup, the Bulldogs would then turn the ball over which would lead to another Haines layup, leaving the score 50-42 with 7:23 remaining
  • The Bulldogs would answer with a Zegarowski triple
  • Castro would hit, yet again another bucket form downtown to move the score 53-47 with just under 5:00 remaining in regulation
  • Storck would go on to hit big back-to-back threes to give the Pioneers a 59-48 advantage with 2:26 remaining. The Bulldogs would claw back as they moved the score within eight, but SHU would hold on taking the win 66-59