WEST HARTFORD, CONN. (December 4, 2016)—The Sacred Heart women's basketball team could not stifle Hartford's second-half comeback Sunday afternoon in the Chase Arena and headed back to Fairfield with a 81-64 loss. Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) led the Pioneers with 18 points. Combine that with 10 rebounds, and the r-senior recorded her third double-double of the season as SHU falls to 2-5 overall.
Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) led the Pioneers to an early 7-0 lead and Sacred Heart continued to ride that momentum holding onto the lead thanks in large part to sharp shooting (.500 in the first quarter and .636 in the second quarter).
After SHU led through most of the game, the Hawks staged a run late in the third quarter to take their first lead of the game. Hartford's offensive hot streak continued into the fourth expanded their lead.
Sacred Heart returns home for a rare midweek doubleheader with the men's team this Thursday when they host former Northeast Conference foe Monmouth at 6:00 p.m. in the William H. Pitt Center.
Inside the Box:
- Kimmel posted her third double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 50.0% (6-12) from the field
- Kimmel was one of three Pioneers in double-figure scoring as Katherine Haines (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) and Williams each tallied 12
- The Hawks outscored SHU 51-25 during their second-half comeback to come away with the win
Hartford managed to cut SHU's lead all the way down to one point, 52-51, late in the third quarter, and before the period-ending buzzer, Deanna Mayza sunk a three to give the Hawks their first lead of the game, 55-54. Hartford's offense continued to thrive in the beginning of the fourth stretching their run to 12 points in the first thee minutes.
- Kiana Ye (Williamstown, N.J.) scored the first points of her collegiate career with a three in the fourth quarter
How It Happened:
- Williams got the Pioneers off to a hot start. The senior opened scoring with a layup and added a triple and jumper to give SHU a 7-0 in the first four minutes forcing Hartford to call a timeout with 6:13 remaining in the period
- Coming out of the break Lindsey Abed put the Hawks on the board with a basket in the paint, but Kimmel answer with a shot clock-beating triple to keep the Pioneers' offense going
- Consecutive baskets for Hartford brought the Hawks within two points of catching the Pioneers, 10-8, with just under four minutes before the buzzer
- Getting off another just before the shot clock ran out, Kimmel buried another three inside three minutes to expand SHU's lead. Right behind her was Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) who tacked on three more points to the Pioneers' lead making it 16-8
- Kimmel capped of the eight-point streak with a layup as Sacred Heart headed into the second quarter with a 18-10 lead
- Castro got the Pioneers going in the second, wasting no time draining a three, but this time the Hawks had an answer for every SHU basket as the teams went back-and-forth through the opening minutes
- Mayza sparked a six-point run for Hartford that brought the Hawks within four points of catching SHU, 28-24, but Kimmel found Haines under the basket, and the r-sophomore banked it in for two points to halt the Hawks' streak. She then further expanded SHU's lead back out to eight points by knocking down a pair of free throws less than a minute later
- Darby Lee's layup prompted the teams to exchange baskets throughout the rest of the quarter, but Tykera Carter (Alexandria, Va.) had the last say driving under the basket for the back door layup giving SHU a 39-31 lead at halftime
- Hartford started the second half with five straight points cutting into SHU's lead, but Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) drained a three from the right wing fend off the threatening Hawks
- That was the pattern of the for the opening minutes as the Hawks came close on three occasions before the 4:15 media timeout, but SHU always managed to hold them off
- The Hawks used a six-point streak to take their first lead of the day as Mayza landed a jumper with 1:41 on the clock to lift Hartford to a 52-51 advantage, but Haines wasn't standing for it laying one in on the next possession to put SHU back in the lead.
- Erin Storck (Commack, N.Y.) made one of her two free throws with just over one minute remaining to make it a two-point game, 54-52, but Mayza responded with a trey from the top of the key to once again give Hartford the lead 55-54. And that's where it would stand as the teams headed into the fourth quarter
- The Hawks expanded their lead in the fourth quarter scoring seven unanswered points in the first three minutes forcing SHU Head Coach Jessica Mannetti to call a timeout
- Hartford held SHU to just four points, all off free throws, through nearly six minutes of play in the game's final stanza. At the four-minute mark, Haines made the Pioneers' first field goal of the period
- The Hawks continued to stifled Sacred Heart's offense throughout the remainder of the game forcing SHU to make ____ turnovers in the fourth quarter alone