Fairfield, CT. (January 21, 2017)— Sacred Heart women's basketball improves to 9-9 (6-1 NEC) after taking down the Seahawks of Wagner in an overtime thriller. The Pioneers were lead by Hannah Kimmel who ended the night with 19 points. Sacred Heart had three Pioneers finish with double digits as Adaysha William finished with 14 points, and Kelcey Castro ended the night with 10. The Pioneers are back at home on Monday as they take on Mount St. Mary's at 7pm.
Wagner got off to an early start, making four consecutive free throws to give them the early 4-0 lead. Katherine Haines put the Pioneers on the board first making a layup at 7:54 to make the score 6-2 in favor of the Seahawks. Either team saw much success in the first quarter, with the score ending 11-8 Wagner.
The second quarter started with the Seahawks firing off back-to-back baskets to extend their lead to 15-8. Castro broke the Seahawk energy helping the Pioneers to a 10 point run, contributing 8 of the 10 points. The Pioneers went into halftime with a 23-22 lead. Castro leading the Pioneers with 10 points.
Shelby Hickey started things off in the second half, driving to the basket for a layup. Kimmel, despite struggling in the first half found her rhythm hitting a deep shot from beyond the arc to move the score to 32-26 with only 5:55 remaining in the third quarter. Each team exchanged a pair of baskets to close out the third quarter with the score 36-32.
Erin Storck hit a shot from downtown to start the final quarter of the night. Wagner went on an 8-5 run, with back-to-back layups from Corinn Baggs to put the score within one, with SHU leading 41-40. With just under one minute remaining, Williams hit a clutch jumper to tie the game up at 46-46, which would go on to be the score
Overtime started with both teams exchanging basket with the score remaining tied. Haines broke up the exchange with a shot beyond the arc to give the Pioneers a 51-50 lead. Sacred Heart would go on a roll from there as Kimmel added a bucket from downtown, and the score would end 62-52 with Sacred Heart on top.
Inside the Box:
- Katherine Haines lead the Pioneers in rebounds, recording nine. The Seahawks outrebounded the Pioneers 39-33. Sacred Heart would finish the night shooting .339 from the field, while Wagner shot .440.
- Coming down to the final minute of play, Kimmel drained a three pointer to extend the Pioneer lead to 56-50. The Seahawks couldn't come back from the deficit to seal the game for Sacred Heart
How It Happened:
- The Seahawks got off to an early 6-0 lead, but Haines stopped the momentum, putting up a layup at 7:54, to move the score to 6-2
- Williams hit a three from the corner to diminish the Wagner lead to 10-8, with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter
- Wagner adds a shot from the charity line to move end the first quarter 11-8
- Wagner started the second quarter on fire, hitting their first two attempts, and extending their lead to 15-8
- Castro broke the Seahawk momentum hitting a layup, and adding an "and one" to solidify the three point play
- Castro took over the reigns for SHU, hitting a shot from downtown to diminish the Wagner lead to three
- A 10 point run from SHU gave them their first lead of the night 18-17 with 3:59 remaining in the first half
- Wagner answered with a shot from downtown to regain the lead 20-18 with 2:43 remaining in the first half
- To close out the first half, Castro spins past two defenders to put SHU ahead 23-20
- Hickey kicked things off in the second half, driving to the basket for a layup, and putting the score 25-22 in favor of SHU.
- Kimmel found her shot at 5:55 in the second quarter after making a deep three to put the Pioneers up 32-26
- Baskets from Kimmel, and Hickey extended the Pioneer lead to 36-28 with only :33 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
- Wagner ended the third, making a jumper right before the buzzer to leave the score 36-33 going into the final quarter
- Erin Storck started the fourth quarter draining a shot from downtown
- Wagner went on an 8-5 run to start the fourth, with back-to-back layups from Corinn Baggs to put the score within one
- Wagner regained the lead with 2:46 remaining after a made jumper from Tanasia Russell
- Williams made a clutch jumper just under one minute remaining to tie the score 46-46
- As the game came down to the wire, Williams tossed up a shot that didn't fall to force overtime
- After a Williams foul, Wagner made both free throws to take a two point advantage in the start of overtime
- Hickey responded with a made jumper to keep the score locked at 48
- Haines hit a jumper beyond the arc with 2:35 remaining to give SHU their first lead in overtime 51-50
- Kimmel sealed the deal with a made three, to extend the score 56-50. The Pioneers would hold on to win 62-52