Women’s Hoops Journeys to Siena for Final Non-League Road Assignment

Women’s Hoops Journeys to Siena for Final Non-League Road Assignment

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LOUDONVILLE, NY – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team (4-5) paused action last week submerging itself in finals academia. However, the Pioneers are back venturing to Siena (4-5), Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Alumni Recreation Center.

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History class…

Sunday marks the eighth time these two teams meet. Last season's 62-58 Sacred Heart victory at the Pitt Center gave SHU the slight 4-3 nod all-time. The Saints are 1-2 when they host Sacred Heart.

About a year ago…

Then Pioneer Adaysha Williams had a big night against the Saints. The senior led Sacred Heart to a thrilling 62-58 victory with 22 points, during which she became the 20th Pioneer in program history to eclipse the 1,000 career-point milestone. Erin Storck flirted with her first career double-double totaling eight points and eight rebounds.

About a week ago…

Sacred Heart displayed its second-highest offensive output through the first 10 minutes this season (23 points) before the second quarter proved why Providence was an eighth-ranked three-point shooting team. A competitive third quarter followed enduring four lead changes and three ties before the Friars staged a fourth-quarter production that nearly put the game's victory in their possession.

Candice Leatherwood produced the go-ahead bucket with less than a minute remaining, 76-75, prior to a Katherine Haines' rejection down the other end forcing Providence to call for time. 

Out of the huddle, Tykera Carter interrupted the play drawn up for the Friars' as she impeded on their passing lane, came up with the ball and converted a pair at the charity stripe with 10 seconds remaining. A trio of three-point heaves by Providence were left off the mark and Sacred Heart credited the 78-75 win.

MAACin'...

The Pioneers have split outcomes against two MAAC opponents this season in back-to-back affairs. In its season opener, Sacred Heart fell to Monmouth, 69-64 before topping Manhattan, 65-61.

In West Long Branch, NJ, both the Pioneers and Hawks played a tightly contested battle. The game underwent 14 ties and 13 lead changes in the back and forth event before the hosts opened up their largest lead of the evening, up eight with 33 seconds left to play. Carter and Haines secured three-pointers in an attempt to keep Sacred Heart in the game but Monmouth continued to punish the visitors at the line hitting seven of their eight tries until time expired.

Sacred Heart gutted out the victory against Manhattan. Both teams traded six-point leads as the Pioneers credited their advantage in the third and the Jaspers saw their cushion come to fruition in the fourth. However, the Pioneers remained relentless registering a 7-2 run to deadlock play at 61-61 apiece. With just 70 ticks pictured on the clock, Sacred Heart eliminated any more scoring of the visitors while tacking on four more of its own to settle the final.

Take note…

The Pioneers' win over Providence became the fourth straight game in which four players finished in double-figure scoring. Storck (29), Leatherwood (14) and Carter's (16) totals marked the fourth consecutive time this cohort recorded double-figures, while Haines (12) appeared in three of those matches.

The 23 points poured in the first quarter against the Friars are second-highest by the Pioneers this season. Sacred Heart scored 27 points through the first 10 minutes of play at Brown.

Remember around this time last year…

Last season's hoop group was 3-6 around this time a year ago after earning its third win against Siena but falling to this Wednesday's opponent, New Hampshire, and Iowa State. This year's squad already has one more win than it did a season ago and wraps up their non-conference slate against foes they split against last Holiday season.

"Storck"ing Stuffer…

For her week five production, Storck was named the NEC Co-Player of the Week as well as a Prime Performer and a Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association's Honorable Mention for the Week. The accolades came after the junior set a new career scoring clip against Brown and subsequently re-set her career superlative against Providence three days later (29 points). After shooting 66.7-percent from downtown against the Bears, Storck hectored then nationally regarded three-point shooting Friars with an unrivaled mid-range showing (11-of-14). Storck was one of three different NEC players to score at least 29 points in a game this season.

Where are my manners, please "go-ahead"…

In half of the Pioneers' wins this season, Leatherwood has thrived in the defining moments crediting a pair of fourth-quarter go-ahead makes. Against Manhattan, Leatherwood's trip to the line with 1:10 remaining awarded SHU a lead it would clutch for the rest of the game. Over Providence, the guard benefitted from the lucky bounce with 49 seconds pictured on the clock.

Despite Leatherwood's pivotal shooting, Storck leads the club with 13 go-ahead buckets, four of which hailed from three-point land. Leatherwood is slotted second in the category with 11 while Carter sank one shy of her teammate. Haines has put the Pioneers in the forefront seven times while Jayla Davis (2), Jenna Silletti (1) and Olivia Dabney (1) have also influenced lead changes.

Pioneers Pioneering…

The trio of Carter, Storck and Haines are on the milestone radar as the current longest-tenured Pioneers.

Now in her fourth season, Carter has accumulated 388 points, 151 rebounds, 73 assists and 60 thefts.

Amid their third year out on the court, Storck has raked in 435 points, dished out 189 helpers and 35 steals. Haines has amassed 564 points, crashed the boards 384 times and has raised for 62 rejections. 

You shouldn't compare yourself to others but…

Storck is positioned second in the Northeast Conference's scoring column. The junior ties Denisha Petty-Evans out of LIU Brooklyn with 16.7 points dropped a contest only behind Saint Francis U's Jessica Kovatch's near 20 points per game. Moreover, Storck is slotted fifth in field goal percentage netting 49.2-percent of her tries, and fourth from far draining 45.2-percent of those looks. She also leads the league with 36.9 minutes played in each occasion.

Leatherwood is fifth best in the league-wide scoring statistic earning 15.0 points in each of her performances. Perhaps more impressively, the redshirt-junior is third in dimes distributing 4.3 a game. Her 70.7-percent clip at the charity stripe is 10th best.

Carter has competed in 33.2 minutes in each outing which puts her fifth against her conference counterparts. 

Carter back on the come up…

After re-establishing her career-high tallying 20 points facing Florida A&M on November 22, Carter only put up seven points against then nationally ranked Florida State. The senior managed to get back in double-figures against Hofstra to close out the month and since has been upping her offensive production from game-to-game. She topped her 10 points secured at Hofstra by one against Lehigh, earned 14 points versus Brown and added 16 points to Providence. Though the senior is shooting 44.7-percent for the season, in the four-game stretch, Carter is swishing 46.34-percent of her attempts. 

Carter's game has been exciting in the paint as she manages to beat defenders finishing with nifty scoops to the cup in the open court and out on fast breaks. Despite the showing, the guard has only made five trips to the line in the four-match stretch all stemming from the Pioneers' most recent outing.

Fresh Faces...

Dabney was elected to start twice last week which marked the third and fourth time this season a freshman was summoned for the first time and the sixth and seventh time a first-year was featured in the initial lineup. Davis was included in the first five out against Harvard, Florida A&M, and Florida State. Hagood competed with the first batch versus Hofstra and Lehigh.

Hagood leads the newest crop of student-athletes with 7.9 points a contest on 36.4-percent shooting. Dabney spearheads the rookies with 1.6 dimes per game and ties for the most steals per game (1.3) regardless of class. Abigail Kangudie is seated first in rebounds for freshmen talent swiping 4.0 boards a game including 1.7 offensive rebounds. Asia McCray has competed in each December game thus far exhibiting play for 15 minutes.

You might be seeing double… double…

Last Saturday, Haines was re-inserted into the starting lineup registering the 15th double-double of her career comprised of a dozen points and a dozen rebounds. She also went 40-percent from the floor and drilled a three from the outside.  Haines raised for three rejections and earned two steals on the defensive end.

The redshirt-junior has contributed four double-doubles this season evidenced against Monmouth, Manhattan, Hofstra, and Providence.

So Siena…

The Saints dropped their most recent contest falling 78-63 to UAlbany. As a result, the Great Danes reclaimed the Albany Cup and moved ahead all-time, 11-10. Aaliyah Jones led Siena with 15 points, seven of which were attained through the first 10 minutes of play. Deja Rawls finished with a dozen points on 71.4-percent shooting. Emmanuella Edoka ended with 11 points, earning seven at the charity stripe. Saints' reserve, Maddie Sims, checked in tallying 10 points.

Kollyns Scarborough leads her club with 13.3 points per game sinking 47.5-percent of her looks. Sims adds her second-leading 10.4 points each outing serving as resurgence off the sideline. The glass has been covered by Scarborough coming down with 7.9 rebounds per game with Sims has helped for 6.0 boards. Rawls directs the offense and has distributed 39 assists this season. Jones has snuck in with a team-leading 18 thefts.