Women’s Basketball Catch Fire from Three, Torching Mount St. Mary’s 76-41

Women’s Basketball Catch Fire from Three, Torching Mount St. Mary’s 76-41

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – If asked to write a perfect game script, one would be hard pressed to better the outing put forth by the Sacred Heart women's basketball team on Saturday. Playing in front of a season-high crowd on the team's annual Pack the Pitt, the Pioneers drained a season-high 13 three-pointers and held Mount St. Mary's to just 28.6 percent shooting on the way to a dominating 76-41 victory.

SHU snaps a season-long three-game losing skid, improving to 11-10 on the season while remaining in a tie for second place in the league standings with a 7-3 mark in NEC play. The Mountaineers dropped their second straight to fall to 10-11 on the season and 4-6 in the NEC.

All five of the Pioneer starters hit double figures in scoring, marking the first time since Feb. 20, 2016 that SHU had five players net at least 10 points. Katherine Haines led the way with 19 points while Adrianna Hagood scored all 16 of her points in the first half. Olivia Dabney played the best game of her career, going for 12 points, seven rebounds, seven steals, five assists and three blocks. 

SCORE
Sacred Heart 71 / Mount St. Mary's 46

RECORDS
Sacred Heart (11-10, 7-3 NEC) / Mount St. Mary's (10-11, 4-6 NEC)

LOCATION
Pitt Center / Fairfield, CT

First Quarter (24-6 SHU)

  • Today's outcome was largely decided in the first quarter as the Pioneers finished the frame going 9-for-14 from the floor and 4-of-5 from deep while holding the Mountaineers to just 3-for-14 shooting (21.4 percent) and 0-for-6 from three-point range
  • SHU hit four of their first five field goal attempts, jumping out to a 9-2 lead in the opening 3:31 of play, forcing MSM into an early timeout
  • The gap was cut to 11-4 but that was the closest MSM would get to the lead for the remaining 34:16 of play
  • The lead ballooned to 18 late in the quarter as both Hagood (eight) and Haines (seven) each outscored the entire Mountaineer lineup in the opening quarter
  • SHU tied their highest-scoring first quarter of the season as they also went for 24 points at LIU Brooklyn on January 7th
  • Meanwhile, the six MSM points is the fewest points scored for a SHU opponent in a quarter this season

Second Quarter (41-15 SHU)

  • The second quarter was much of the same as MSM was again held to single digits (nine) while SHU hit four more three-pointers to finish the first half with eight (8-for-13 3FG)
  • After MSM made it 27-11, the Pioneers rode a 14-4 run into the halftime break
  • Hagood continued to dominate the scoring for SHU, netting eight points in consecutive quarters while going a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor (3-for-3 from three) in the first half
  • Hagood (16) and Haines (10) combined for nearly two-thirds of the Pioneers' 41 total points in the first half
  • Coupled with the superior offensive performance, SHU set a new season-high for fewest points allowed in a half all season (previous low 19 vs Bryant, Jan. 14)

Third Quarter (63-25 SHU)

  • Despite switching to more zone defense in the second half, MSM couldn't contain the SHU offense as Candice Leatherwood connected from deep on the Pioneers' first possession followed by a Haines jumper and the lead swelled to over 30 points
  • The teams traded buckets for the next five minutes before another dominating 10-2 SHU run gave the Pioneers their biggest lead of the game (38 points) with the score sitting at 63-25
  • Dabney began to take over as she dished out three assists and tallied two steals and two blocks in the third quarter alone

Fourth Quarter (71-46 SHU)

  • With the game very much decided, MSM outscored the Pioneers 16-13 in the final quarter
  • SHU managed to grab seven offensive rebounds in the fourth and outscored the Mountaineers 8-0 in second chance points
  • Dabney continued to dominate as she scored nine of her 12 points in the second half alone

NOTES

  • The SHU defense completely locked the second-highest scoring offense in NEC play (69.6 PPG heading into today), holding the Mountaineers to their lowest point total in an NEC game in program history
  • The 41-point total for the visitors also marked the fewest points SHU has allowed to an opponent since a 61-39 victory over CCSU on Feb. 25, 2013 (181 games ago)
  • Holding MSM to just 28.6 percent shooting (16-for-56 FG), this marked the second time since the start of conference play (third time overall this season) that the Pioneers have held an opponent to under 30 percent from the floor
  • The 35-point margin-of-victory marks the largest victory for the Pioneers in an NEC game since an 81-45 win over FDU on Dec. 6, 2008 (188 games ago)
  • Five different Pioneers hit a three-pointer, combining to go 13-for-26 (50 percent) from three which marks a new season-high for SHU and the most made triples in a game for the Pios since hitting 16 in a win over St. Francis Brooklyn on March 5, 2017 (53 games ago)
  • Dabney's prolific outing saw her hit double figures for the fourth time this season while her five assists and seven steals each set a career-high while she matched her career-best with three blocks
  • Dabney's defensive performance is one of the better individual outings in quite some time as her seven steals are the most for a Pioneer in a single-game since Ericka Norman had 10 in a game at Stony Brook on Jan. 4, 2012 (192 games ago)
  • Haines was stellar once again in NEC play, finishing with a game-high 19 points (7-10 FG, 2-2 3FG) and two blocks
  • Haines' 19-point outing marks the ninth time she has gone for double figures in 10 NEC games while she ranks third in NEC-only games at 18.4 PPG
  • Leatherwood is starting to find her shooting form, finishing with 12 points (4-7 3FG) to go along with six assists and three rebounds
  • Over the last five games, Leatherwood is shooting 13-for-26 (50 percent) from three
  • Erin Storck quietly chipped in 10 points, six rebounds and four assists while drawing six MSM fouls (most of any player on the team)
  • After losing the rebounding battle the three games prior, SHU finished with a +7 rebounding margin over the Mountaineers
  • The Pioneers set a new season-high with 20 assists and dished out an assist on 20-of-25 field goals (80 percent)

UPCOMING GAME

The Pioneers' season-long three-game homestand concludes on Monday night when they clash with Fairleigh Dickinson for the first time in 2018-19. SHU split the season series against FDU in 2017-18, claiming a 61-48 win at home while losing 69-59 in Teaneck.