Allyson Murphy Nets Career-High, Leading Women’s Basketball Past Bryant, 67-57

Allyson Murphy Nets Career-High, Leading Women’s Basketball Past Bryant, 67-57

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Behind a career-high 15 points from Allyson Murphy, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team scored a 67-57 road win over Bryant on Saturday afternoon from the Chace Athletic Center. Coupled with a 49-48 home victory over the Bulldogs back on Jan. 14, the Pioneers sweep the season series against Bryant for just the second time in the last six seasons.

A third straight win for SHU moves the Pioneers to 13-10 on the season and 9-3 in the Northeast Conference, remaining in a tie for second in the league standings with St. Francis U. Bryant suffers their fourth straight loss, falling to 6-17 overall and 4-8 in league play.

SCORE
Sacred Heart 67 / Bryant 57

RECORDS
Sacred Heart (13-10, 9-3 NEC) / Bryant (6-17, 4-8 NEC)

LOCATION
Chace Athletic Center / Smithfield, R.I.

First Quarter (15-14 SHU)

  • It was a trying opening five minutes in this one for the Pioneers, as SHU was forced into an early timeout after Bryant jumped out to an 8-0 lead
  • The Pioneers couldn't buy a basket in the early going, going 0-for-6 to start the game while committing five turnovers, but the offense started to click in the latter half of the opening frame
  • After going 11 straight possessions without a field goal, the Pioneers went 6-for-9 across the final 4:48 of the period, riding a 15-6 run to take the one-point lead after the first

Second Quarter (45-27 SHU)

  • Murphy was the star of the show for the Pioneers in an electrifying 30-point quarter for SHU as the junior guard was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor, as she netted 11 of her career-high 15 points in the second quarter alone
  • The two sides traded baskets in the opening three minutes before the Pioneers ripped off a 13-2 run, Murphy accounting for eight of the 13 SHU points in that span
  • On the final possession of the period, Murphy was left open on the wing and she hit just her ninth three-pointer of the season to give her 11 points and her team 30 in the frame
  • Struggling for large stages of the first quarter, the Pioneers erupted with a 30-point second quarter as SHU shot 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) in the frame while knocking down 3-of-6 from behind the three-point line
  • The 30-point second quarter marks the second-highest scoring period in program history, just one point off a 31-point fourth quarter in a 69-59 home win over Robert Morris on Dec. 29, 2016 (NCAA moved to quarters at the start of the 2015-16 season)

Third Quarter (52-33 SHU)

  • Both coaches seemed to preach defense in their respective halftime locker rooms as just 13 combined points were scored by the two sides (7 SHU, 6 BRY)
  • The two sides combined to go 5-for-27 from the floor and just 1-of-11 from three-point range
  • Adrianne Hagood scored all seven of the Pioneer points in the third quarter as Naomi Ashley scored five of the six points for the Bulldogs in the frame
  • Other than Hagood and Ashley, both teams combined to go 0-for-15 from the floor in the third
  • The six points the Pioneers allowed in the third quarter goes down as the second-fewest points allowed in a single-quarter in program history, something the Pioneers have accomplished seven times and twice this season

Fourth Quarter (67-57 SHU)

  • A 24-point fourth quarter for the Bulldogs made the final 10-point margin seem closer than the game played out
  • The Pioneers stretched their advantage to its highest point in the game (22 points), as Madison Cheatham hit a bucket in the lane to make it 66-44 Pioneers with 3:44 remaining
  • Bryant held SHU without a field goal for the remainder of the game while outscoring the Pioneers 13-1 over the final 3:28 of play

NOTES

  • Murphy led the Pioneers in scoring for the first time in her career while she hit double figures for just the fourth time in 65 career games
  • Murphy established new career-highs in points (15) and field goals made (six) while she matched her career-best in minutes (36) and field goals attempted (10)
  • The 15-point total represents a higher scoring total for Murphy than in her previous six games combined (13 points)
  • Katherine Haines was another key player on the afternoon, finishing with 12 points and 14 rebounds while matching her career-high with three assists in 32 minutes
  • Haines notched her 10th double-double of the season and seventh through 12 NEC games
  • With the game in-hand throughout the second half, Haines did a vast majority of her damage in the first two quarters, recording all 12 of her points and 10 rebounds in the first half alone
  • Hagood was solid once again for the Pioneers, posting her 15th double-digit scoring output of the season with 12 points in 29 minutes
  • Hagood is second on the team, behind only Haines, with 15 double-digit point totals in 2018-19
  • Erin Storck had herself a solid all-around game with eight points, five assists, four steals and two blocks in 35 minutes
  • The six points allowed by the Pioneers in the third quarter ranks behind only a four-point first quarter for Wagner back on Feb. 10, 2018 in terms of the fewest points SHU has ever allowed in a period
  • SHU set a new season-high for points scored in a half, netting 45 in the first half against the Bulldogs, which marks the highest-scoring half since going for 48 in a home win over St. Francis Brooklyn on March 5, 2017
  • The 45-point first half total is the most points scored for SHU in a half in a road game since scoring 55 back on Jan. 17, 2015 in a 101-90 win at Saint Francis U
  • The Pioneers' 10-point road NEC win snaps a two-game conference road losing streak

NEXT UP
The Pioneers continue their season-long four-game road swing with an NEC matchup against LIU Brooklyn on Monday afternoon (1 PM) in a game that'll be played in the Barclays Center, home to the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and NHL's New York Islanders.