Senior Game End With SHU On Top 82-61

Senior Game End With SHU On Top 82-61

Fairfield, CT. (February 11, 2017)— The Sacred Heart women's basketball team redeemed their loss to Central Connecticut State, as they blew the Blue Devils out of the water, handing them their largest margin of defeat in conference play, with a score of 82-61. Katherine Haines lead the Pioneers as she posted her fifth double-double of the season, as she ended the night with 22 points, and 15 rebounds. The Pioneers now clinch a spot in the NEC tournament and move on to play St. Francis Brooklyn Monday at 6:00pm.

 

The Blue Devils got on the board first, after a made jumper, but the Pioneers were respond with a layup from Haines, and a bucket from downtown from Kimmel to give SHU a 5-4 lead. Hickey who is known for her accuracy beyond the arc, hit a deep three to keep the Sacred Heart lead 8-7 with 6:24 remaining in the first. The Pioneers would go on a 10-3 run from there, where Haines would account for 5 of the 10 points, moving the score to 18-10 in favor of SHU with 3:58 remaining. The Blue Devils would end the first quarter on a hot streak, going on an 8-1 run, leaving the score 19-18 with SHU leading.

 

Haines would get the second quarter started, adding a pair of free throws within the opening minute of the second, but the Blue Devils would respond, tying the game up at 21-21 after an Andi Lydon layup. The Pioneers would go on a quick run of 10-2, scoring eight points in just 46 seconds. Tykera Carter, and Erin Storck both added shots beyond the arc in the run. Sacred Heart would end the second quarter on fire, shooting 3-6 from downtown, going into halftime with a 36-28 lead

 

To open up the second half, Kimmel would grab an early layup followed by a bucket from beyond the arc to spark a 10-0 run to give the Pioneers a commanding 46-28 lead. The Blue Devils would claw back as they would go on a 8-0 run to shrink the Pioneer lead to 46-36 with 4:15 remaining. The CCSU momentum would be stopped in its tracks after a pair of free throws from Williams, and back-to-back layups from Haines to get the Pioneer lead up to 53-38 with 2:47 left in the 3rd. . Haines snagged a board to pick up her fifth double-double of the season, as the third quarter ended with the Pioneers up 69-46  

 

As the fourth quarter started, multiple Pioneers found themselves in foul trouble. This disadvantage didn't hold them back as they rattled off eight points to move the score to 69-46 with 6:37 remaining in regulation. Kimmel would add a bucket from downtown, and pick up the "and one" to keep the SHU lead at 80-53 with 3:07 remaining. The Pioneers would hold on to roll over the Blue Devils 82-61, and redeem their loss and clinch a spot in the NEC tournament.

 

 

Noteworthy:

  • The Pioneers were 58.3% (7-12) from downtown in the first half of play. Sacred Heart would end the night shooting 56.5 (13-23) from beyond the arc.
  • Haines added her fifth double-double of the season to her resume today, as she picked up her 10th board of the night in the third quarter
  • Hickey picked up her first career double-double as she finished the night with 12 points, and 10 rebounds to cap off her Senior Day game
  • The Pioneers ended the night with 82 total points, marking their highest scoring game of the season

 

Inside the Box:

  • The Pioneers ended the night with 50 rebounds, and out rebounded the Blue Devils 50-31.  Haines ended the night with a 15 rebounds leading the Pioneers
  • The Pioneers were lights out beyond the arc, finishing the night at 56.5 (13-23)

Turning Point:

  • The Pioneers went into halftime with a score of  28-36. SHU would start the 3rd quarter on a 10-0 run that would give them a commanding 46-28 lead with 7:37 remaining in the third. The 17 point lead would be too much for the Blue Devils to handle as Sacred Heart would finish the game with a score of
 

How It Happened:

First Quarter:

  • The Blue Devils got on the board first, after a made jumper, but the Pioneers were respond with a layup from Haines, and a bucket from downtown from Kimmel to give SHU a 5-4 lead
  • Hickey who is known for her accuracy beyond the arc, hit a deep three to keep the Sacred Heart lead 8-7 with 6:24 remaining in the first
  • The Pioneers would go on a 10-3 run from there, where Haines would account for 5 of the 10 points, moving the score to 18-10 in favor of SHU with 3:58 remaining
  • The Blue Devils would end the first quarter on a hot streak, going on an 8-1 run, leaving the score 19-18 with SHU leading

Second Quarter:

  • Haines would get the second quarter started, adding a pair of free throws within the opening minute of the second, but the Blue Devils would respond, tying the game up at 21-21 after a Andi Lydon layup
  • The Pioneers would go on a quick run of 10-2, scoring eight points in just 46 seconds. Carter, and Storck both added shots beyond the arc in the run
  • Sacred Heart would end the second quarter on fire, shooting 3-6 from downtown, going into halftime with a 36-28 lead

 

Third Quarter:

  • To open up the second half, Kimmel would grab an early layup followed by a bucket from beyond the arc to spark a 10-0 run to give the Pioneers a commanding 46-28 lead
  • The Blue Devils would claw back as they would go on a 8-0 run to shrink the Pioneer lead to 46-36 with 4:15 remaining
  • The CCSU momentum would be stopped in its tracks after a pair of free throws from Williams, and back-to-back layups from Haines to get the Pioneer lead up to 53-38 with 2:47 left in the 3rd
  • Haines snagged a board to pick up her fifth double-double of the season, as the third quarter ended with the Pioneers up 69-46

 

Fourth Quarter:

  • As the fourth quarter started, multiple Pioneers found themselves in foul trouble. This disadvantage didn't hold them back as they rattled off eight points to move the score to 69-46 with 6:37 remaining in regulation
  • Kimmel would add a bucket from downtown, and pick up the "and one" to keep the SHU lead at 80-53 with 3:07 remaining
  • The Pioneers would hold on to roll over the Blue Devils 82-61, and redeem their loss and clinch a spot in the NEC tournament