Women's Basketball Falls To Saint Joseph's

Women's Basketball Falls To Saint Joseph's

The Sacred Heart University women's basketball team fell 61-44 to visiting Saint Joseph's Thursday at the Pitt Center. The Pioneers fall to 4-6 on the year, while the Hawks improve to 3-7.

Katherine Haines led all scorers with 18 points, hitting 10-10 at the free throw line. She also pulled in 10 rebounds, a game-high, to record her third double-double of the season. Erin Storck was also in double figures, scoring 13 for the Pioneers.

Alyssa Monaghan led the Hawks with 13 points and was joined in double figures by Whisper Fisher, who finished with 10 points and a team-best nine rebounds.

SHU returns to action after Christmas when its travels to Kentucky for a 1:00 pm game on December 29


Turning Point

  • Saint Joseph's shot 58 percent, 7-12, from the field in the third quarter, outscoring the Pioneers 15-6 in the period to break a 30-30 halftime tie
  • The Pioneers were 3-9 from the field in that quarter, with six turnovers and didn't earn a free throw attempt, after making all 14 attempts they earned in the first-half

First Quarter

  • The Pioneers jumped out to a 7-0 lead, with a Storck layup off of the opening tip, which was followed by a Hagood three and a pair of Katherine Haines free throws at the 7:06 mark 
  • The Hawks scored seven of the next nine points, closing to within a pair, 9-7, at the 5:22 mark on a Michala Clay three-point play
  • Stork (5:14) and Haines (4:33) converted baskets to end the Hawks run, and Haines gave SHU its largest lead of the quarter, 15-7, with two free throws with 3:43 to play in the quarter
  • Haines and Storck both finished the quarter with six points

Second Quarter

  • The Hawks ended a scoring drought by both teams with a conventional three-point play from #4 at the 7:33 mark, cutting the deficit to three
  • A pair of Storck free throws at the 6:29 mark of the quarter, gave SHU a seven-point edge, 21-14
  • The Hawks used a 16-6 run over the next 5:14 to take its first lead of the game on a basket by Alyssa Monaghan with 1:15 to play before the break
  • She was fouled on the play and knocked down a pair of free throws to give Saint Joseph's a 30-27 advantage
  • Storck tied the game, 30-30, with a three as the shot clock expired, to send the game to halftime tied when the Hawks shot at the buzzer rimmed out

Third Quarter

  • Haines scored on consecutive possession to answer an early Hawks basket, to put SHU in front 34-32 1:44 into the third quarter
  • Monaghan answered with a three-pointer at 7:23 for the second lead change of the period, 35-34
  • Neither team scored until Fisher converted a jumper for the Hawks at the 3:38 mark 
  • That basket was part of a 9-0 run the Hawks used to build a 41-24 lead with 2:32 to play in the quarter
  • Allyson Murphy ended the run with a fast break basket, from a Haines pass, at the 2:04 mark
  • Monaghan ended the quarter with a driving layup to give the Hawks their largest lead of the game, 45-36

Fourth Quarter

  • Saint Joseph's scored the first four points of the fourth-quarter to push its advantage to 49-36 on baskets from Katie Jekot and Fisher
  • The Hawks shot 54.8 percent from the field in the fourth-quarter

The Numbers

  • SHU welcomed 800 grade school students from the local area schools to the game
  • Haines has double-doubles in each of the last two games and has reached double figures in rebounds in three straight games
  • The Hawks shot 42.9 percent from the field in the first-half
  • The Pioneers were good on 14-14 from the line in the first two quarters
  • Saint Joseph's did not get to the free throw line in the second-half, going 5-6 in the opening two quarters
  • The Hawks finished with a 33-24 edge in rebounds