Women's Basketball Overcome by Harvard

Women's Basketball Overcome by Harvard

FAIRFIELD, CONN. (November 29, 2016)—Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) led a trio of Pioneers in double-digits with a game leading 23 points as the Sacred Heart women's basketball team's came up short against Harvard falling 68-60 Tuesday night in the William H. Pitt Center. Kelcey Castro (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and Erin Storck (Commack, N.Y.) were also big contributers for the Pioneers, tallying 13 points each.

The Pioneers will travel up to Hartford this coming Sunday to face the Hawks in a 2:00 p.m. matchup in the Chase Arena.

 

Noteworthy:

  • Kimmel and Storck landed a career-high four three-pointers while Kimmel tied a personal best draining six as the Pioneers combined for a season-high 12 triples
  • Allyson Murphy (North Bellmore, N.Y.) score her first collegiate points with a layup in the third quarter

Inside the Box:

  • Knocking down a season-high 12 three-point field goals, SHU posted its highest shooting percentage from downtown this season of 41.4% (12-29)
  • Harvard's post play got the better of Sacred Heart as the Crimson outrebounded SHU 46-32 and tallied 26 points in the paint
 

How It Happened:

First Quarter:

  • The Pioneers got on the board first with a three from the top of the key by Storck, but the Crimson answered with consecutive baskets to take a 5-3 lead early
  • A jumper from Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) evened the game at five and began the back-and-forth action that would go on over the couple minutes
  • With back-to-back triples, the Crimson took a 13-8 lead that they'd hold onto until the 3:13 mark when a pair of good free throws by Kimmel tied the game at 15
  • After it broke in Harvard's favor, the score knotted again at 17 as Williams laid one in. However, the Crimson had the last word to carry a 19-17 lead into the second quarter

Second Quarter:

  • Storck opened second-quarter scoring by putting the Pioneers back on top, 20-19, with her career-high third three-pointer of the night, but Harvard nailed the next two baskets as part of a six-point streak reclaiming the lead
  • Castro's and-one basket with 5:30 remaining in the quarter brought SHU within two points of catching the Crimson, 25-23, but Harvard fended them of with four-straight points
  • With 3:28 left in the half, Kimmel again brought SHU within one point, 29-28, with a layup as the teams began trading baskets
  • Harvard held onto the lead by the final buzzer to send the Pioneers into the locker room trailing 37-33

Third Quarter:

  • The Crimson expanded their lead early in the third, opening the period with a 6-1 run, forcing SHU Head Coach Jessica Mannetti to call a timeout less than three minutes into the quarter
  • The break didn't stop Harvard's hot streak as the Crimson made it 10 straight points before Kimmel halted the run with a triple
  • The teams traded baskets the rest of the way as the Pioneers managed to bring Harvard's lead back down to single-digits, 57-50, by the end of the quarter

Fourth Quarter:

  • Back-to-back layups from Williams and Kimmel helped SHU bring the Crimson's lead down to five points, 62-57, just before the 4:46 media timeout
  • After Destiny Nunley nailed two free throws to put more room between the Pioneers and Crimson, Storck drained another trey to make it a four-point game, 64-60, with 2:16 remaining in the game
  • There it stayed for nearly two minutes until Sydney Skinner expanded Harvard's lead with two free throws. Seconds later Madeline Raster did the same putting the game out of SHU's reach with 22.5 seconds left on the clock