BRIDGEPORT, CONN. (November 11, 2016)—Katherine Haines (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) used a career high 18 points to lead the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a 56-44 victory over the Fairfield University Stags Friday evening at the Webster Bank Arena.
The Pioneers jumped out to an 18-10 lead by the end of the first quarter after making 53.8% of their shots. Fairfield outscored SHU by just one point in each of the next two quarters, 13-12 and 11-10 respectively, allowing Sacred Heart to maintain the lead throughout the game.
Tough defense in the fourth allowed SHU to make up some ground, taking the quarter 16-10, clinching the first win of the season and bragging rights in Fairfield.
- Haines made her return to the floor after missing the 2015-16 season due to injury. The R-sophomore tallied 18 points, a new personal best, after making her debut in the starting lineup. By halftime, she had already tied her previous career-high of 12 points.
- Rookie Jenna Silletti (Huntington, N.Y.) made her collegiate debut scoring two points
- Allyson Murphy (North Bellmore, N.Y.) and Madison Cheatham (Upper Marlboro, Md.) also made their collegiate debuts getting in in the fourth quarter
Inside the Box Score:
- The Pioneers shot 53.8% from the floor in the first quarter to jump out to an 18-10 lead that they carried throughout the game
- Haines led all players with 18 points and was the only Pioneer to reach double figures
- SHU owned the paint scoring 54% of their points in the lane
- Sacred Heart was out-rebounded, but won the turnover game forcing Fairfield to make 17 while only committing 11
- The Pioneers shot an impressive 53.8% from the floor in the first period
- After SHU forced a Stags turnover on the first possession, Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) got the game started scoring the first points of the 2016-17 season
- Fairfield quickly answered with a triple for its only lead of the quarter, as SHU took the next three points reclaiming the lead, just as they did seconds later when the score was even at five and a Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) free throw tipped the scoreboard back in favor of the Pioneers
- Sacred Heart held Fairfield scoreless for the last five minutes of the period for an 18-10 lead heading into the second
- The teams opened the second quarter by exchanging baskets before a two-minute scoring drought on both ends
- Coming out of the media timeout, Haines laid one in, but the Stags answered with four straight points making it a six-point game with just under five minutes left in the quarter
- While the Stags put up seven straight points in the final minutes, the Pioneers had the last word with Erin Storck (Commack, N.Y.) and Haines making the last two baskets of the half
- Haines accounted for eight of SHU's 12 points in the period to send the Pioneers into halftime leading 30-23
- SHU came out red hot starting the third period with a six-point streak forcing Fairfield Head Coach Joe Frager to call a timeout
- The Pioneers held Fairfield scoreless through the first four minutes, while they expanded their lead to 38-23
- For the second quarter in a row, the Stags outscored SHU, this time 11-10 due to Sacred Heart only shooting 27.3% from the floor, but the Pioneers held onto a 40-34 lead heading into the game's final stanza
- Once again, SHU held the Stags scoreless for the first part of the quarter, while the Pioneers expanded their lead by five over the first four minutes
- Fairfield brought Sacred Heart's lead down to single digits, 45-36, with less than five minutes to play, but the Storck and Castro fending off the Stags combining for three free throws bringing SHU's lead to 12 points