BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (November 23, 2016)—In front of her hometown crowd, Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) led a trio of Pioneers that set new season and career highs in the Sacred Heart women's basketball team's 77-69 win over Binghamton Wednesday afternoon in the Binghamton Events Center.
The r-senior tallied a season best of 30 points, missing her career high by just three points, while Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) and Erin Storck (Commack, N.Y.) posted new personal bests with 22 and 15 points respectively. As a team, the Pioneers posted their best field goal percentage of the season shooting 50.9% (29-57) from the floor.
After the Pioneers owned a 42-32 lead at halftime, Binghamton made a comeback in the third evening the score three times, but it always tipped back in favor of Sacred Heart.
The Bearcats threatened again in the fourth, but only managed to come within one point, 63-62, before Kimmel sparked a 9-3 run that expanded Sacred Heart's lead back to seven points, 72-63, with 2:12 left to play. The Pioneers ended the game on a 10-4 streak with seven points coming from Williams.
The Pioneers wrap up the road trip Saturday as they continue north to take on Buffalo at 2:00 p.m.
- Williams posted a new person best with 22 points, including seven in the final quarter that helped SHU make the final push for the win
- Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) broke her season high before the half time buzzer and went on to set a new mark with 30 points in the game, just three shy of her career high. Combined with 10 rebounds, Kimmel posted her second double-double of the season
- Storck who appeared in the starting lineup for the second straight game, posted a new career high tallying 15 points
Inside the Box:
- The Pioneers shot their highest field goal percentage from the floor of the season in the first and second quarters, shooting 58.8% (10-17) and 46.7% (7-15) respectively.
- Storck and Williams each shot 70.0% (7-10) from the floor, contributing to SHU's highest field goal percentage of the season of 50.9%
How It Happened:
- The teams exchanged the opening baskets before a Williams jumper sent the Pioneers on a 15-5 run to take a 17-7 lead just under the five-minute mark
- Binghamton's Jasmine Sina tried to halt the Pioneers' offense with a layup, but Williams answered with five straight points before the media timeout at 4:02
- The Bearcats put up four straight points coming out of the break, but Kimmel answered with four of her own bringing SHU's lead back to 13 points
- The Pioneers posted their best first quarter of the season so far, outscoring Binghamton 26-15 by the buzzer. 12 of those points belonged to Kimmel as the R-senior was one shy of her season high just 10 minutes into the game
- Sacred Heart started the period by expanding their lead to 19 points, 36-17, with a 10-2 streak
- Binghamton started to cut into the Pioneers' lead with a 5-2 run before the 4:54 media timeout, but SHU held onto a 38-22 lead going into the breather
- The Bearcats brought SHU's lead down to 10 points, 38-38, as Imani Watkins put up six straight points coming out of the break
- Both teams put up four more points in the final 2:17 of the half to send the Pioneers into the halftime break up 42-32
- Binghamton staged a comeback in the third quarter opening the period on a 12-5 run over the first four minutes cutting SHU's lead to three points, 47-44
- The Bearcats continued to chip away making it a two-point game, 51-49, at the 4:42 media timeout
- Coming out of the break, a foul called on Kimmel send Kai Moon to the line for two shots. She landed them both to even the score at 51-51 with 4:25 remaining in the quarter
- Less thank a minute later, Williams laid one in to tip the score back in SHU's favor, but Watkins tied it up once again with a lay-in of her own
- Back-and-forth action caused the score to tie three times in the final four minutes of the quarter, but it always broke in Sacred Heart's favor with a Kimmel layup making the difference as the Pioneers carried a 60-58 lead going into the game's final stanza
- Kimmel's triple opened scoring in the fourth as neither team scored until the 7:13 mark
- The Bearcats answered with four straight to make it just a one-point game, 63-62, with 5:31 to play, but Kimmel and Storck combined for five straight to fend off the threatening Binghamton
- In the final three minutes of the game, Sacred Heart outscored Binghamton 10-4 to clinch the win. Williams was a huge part of that, as the senior scored seven of SHU's final 10 points