DURHAM, N.H. (December 18, 2016)—Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) led the Pioneers with 13 points as the Sacred Heart women's basketball team suffered a 71-43 loss to the University of New Hampshire on the road Sunday afternoon.
After the Erin Storck (Commack, N.Y.) scored the opening basket, the Wildcats took over with a eight-point run that set the pace for the game. UNH jumped out to a big 15-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
The loss drops the Pioneers to 3-7 as they prepare to head to Ames to round out the non-conference slate when they take on Iowa State at 7:00 p.m.
Inside the Box:
- The Wildcats won every quarter except the second where SHU outscore them 13-12
- Castro tied her season-high with 13 points
How it Happened:
- The Pioneers struck first with an Storck layup just under a minute into the game, but the Wildcats answered with a 11-point run over the next five minutes
- Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) ended brought an end to SHU's scoring drought with a shot-clock-beating jumper making it 11-4 by the media timeout at 2:33
- Sacred Heart got one more field goal from Kimmel before the buzzer, while the Wildcats put four more points on the board to go into the second period with a 15-6 lead. SHU's first-quarter total ties the Brown game for the season low
- SHU got off three more shots than UNH, but couldn't manage to get them to fall shooting just 17.6% (3-17) in the first quarter
- Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) got things started in the second sparking a 6-2 streak for SHU that cut the Wildcats' lead down to five points, 17-12, with 6:44 on the clock
- New Hampshire answered with back-to-back baskets extending their lead and forcing SHU Head Coach Jessica Mannetti to call a timeout
- The break didn't slow the Wildcats, who scored the first two points coming out of the break, but Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) answered with a jumper
- Down 27-14, Williams landed two free throws starting a five-point streak for the Pioneers as Katherine Haines (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) converted the and-one on the back end, ending the half with a eight-point deficit, 27-19
- The Wildcats put up four points to open the second half before Kimmel found Haines far down court for the layup that got the Pioneers started
- After Castro drained a triple to make it 35-24, UNH went on an eight-point run that forced Mannetti to call another timeout
- The Wildcats went on to outscore the Pioneers 26-10 in the quarter extending their led to 53-29 heading into the game's final 10 minutes
- The teams exchanged points through the first half of the period with the Pioneers outscoring UNH 9-6 at the 4:57 media timeout
- New Hampshire took over in the final five minutes, outscoring SHU 12-5