FAIRFIELD, CONN. (December 31, 2016)—Katherine Haines (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) recorded her second double-double in as many games as the Sacred Heart women's basketball team took home a 73-63 win over Saint Francis U Saturday afternoon in the William H. Pitt Center. Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) tied for a game-high with 18 points, and was one of four Pioneers to reach double-figure scoring.
The teams were even at 14 at the end of the first quarter before the Pioneers jumped out to a 38-29 lead by halftime, but the Red Flash evened the score again at 46 with just under two minutes left in the third.
With time running out, Kimmel knocked down a triple with just three seconds left on the clock to send the Pioneers into the fourth quarter with a 49-46 lead. SHU ran away with the game in the first two minutes of the fourth, putting eight unanswered points on the scoreboard as part of a 13-4 run that spanned over five minutes.
The Pioneers head up to New Britain next Saturday to face off with in-state rival Central Connecticut in a 1:00 p.m. game.
- With her second rebound of the third quarter, Haines posted her second straight double-double totaling 14 points and 16 rebounds, a career-high
- The Pioneers combined for a season high 52 rebounds, blowing away the previous season high of 38 set at Binghamton in November
The Red Flash evened the score at 46 with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter, but Kimmel drained a trey from the top of the arc to give the Pioneers a 49-46 advantage going into the fourth. Sacred Heart built on the small lead with eight straight points to open the game's final chapter, jumping out to a 57-46 lead SFU could not come back from.
Inside the Box:
- For the first time this season, Sacred Heart outrebounded its opponent grabbing 52 boards to SFU's 36
- For the second straight game, the Pioneers had four players reach double-digit scoring with Kimmel leading the way with 18, Haines right behind her with 14 and Erin Storck (Commack, N.Y.) and Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) finished with 15 and 12 respectively.
How It Happened:
- The Red Flash got on the board first, but the Pioneers answered right back evening the score at two. SFU took the advantage as Katie Reese went 1-for-2 from the free throw line, but Haines and Kimmel went back-to-back giving Sacred Heart a 6-3 lead
- A triple from Courtney Zezza knotted the game at six, and Ace Harrison's jumper put SFU back in the lead before the 4:26 media timeout
- Coming out of the break, Williams and Tykera Carter (Alexandria, Va.) gave SHU back the lead, 10-8, with just over four minutes remaining in the period
- Back-and-forth action continued as Jessica Kovatch evened the game at 10 knocking down a pair from the free throw line
- The teams continued to exchange baskets until the buzzer leading to a 14-14 tie at the end of the quarter, during which the score tied six times and exchanged hands on three occasions
- Carter tipped the score in favor of SHU with a free throw to start the second, but Zezza answered with a jumper to put the Red Flash up by one, 16-15
- Haines spurred the Pioneer offense with a layup that sparked a 8-2 hot streak to lift Sacred Heart to a 23-18 lead and force SFU Head Coach Joe Haig to call a timeout at the 6:24 mark
- The break proved fruitful for the Red Flash as Taylor Allison landed a triple on SFU's first possession, but Kimmel responded with back-to-back treys of her own to further extend SHU's lead, 29-21
- SHU's offense continued to thrive in the second half of the period going on to outscore the Red Flash 24-15, its highest second quarter total of the season, for a 38-29 lead at halftime
- Kimmel and Haines were both in double-figure scoring by the end of the first half with 11 points each. The r-sophomore was already flirting with a double-double by the buzzer with eight rebounds
- The teams traded baskets before each suffering a nearly three-minute scoring drought. Reese ending the gap with a jumper, but Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) answered by draining a three
- Kovatch began the back-and-forth action again knocking down a triple of her own, but SHU held onto the lead, 44-40, with 3:49 remaining in the period
- After Castro and Haines each went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe, Reese put up six straight points for the Red Flash with a triple and an and-one conversion to even the score at 46 with 1:47 left
- It looked like the score would remained tied heading into the fourth, but with just three seconds on the clock, Haines grabbed an offensive rebound and dished it out to Kimmel who landed the three to put SHU up 49-46 at the buzzer
- Sacred Heart came out red hot in the fourth quarter putting up eight unanswered points forcing SFU to call a timeout less than two minutes into the game's final stanza
- The Red Flash put up four points coming out of the break, cutting SHU's lead to seven points, 57-50, but Storck halted the streak before it could go any further landing a shot from the top of the arc. That was the first of the sophomore's three consecutive baskets
- With less than a minute left and SHU leading 67-54, Reese put up four straight points for the Red Flash cutting the Pioneers' lead to nine points, 67-58