Women’s Basketball Falls to LIU Brooklyn, 69-64, from the Barclays Center

Women’s Basketball Falls to LIU Brooklyn, 69-64, from the Barclays Center

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Despite a game-high 25 points from Katherine Haines, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team suffered a 69-64 loss to LIU Brooklyn on Monday afternoon from the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn. The Pioneers fall to 13-11 overall and 9-4 in the Northeast Conference while the Blackbirds move to 3-21 on the season and 2-11 in the NEC. 

SCORE
Sacred Heart 64 / LIU Brooklyn 69

RECORDS
Sacred Heart (13-11, 9-4 NEC) / LIU Brooklyn (3-21, 2-11 NEC)

LOCATION
Barclays Center / Brooklyn, N.Y.

First Quarter (17-13 SHU)

  • The Pioneers were strong out of the gates, leading by as many as six points in the opening period
  • Both teams traded buckets midway through the quarter until SHU rode a 10-4 run to lead by four at the end of the first
  • Haines netted eight points in the opening 10 minutes, asserting herself in the early going
  • SHU didn't commit a turnover in the first while forcing the Blackbirds into six early giveaways

Second Quarter (36-28 LIU)

  • After coming away ahead after one, the game took a gigantic swing in the second quarter as LIU Brooklyn outscored SHU 23-11
  • Coming in with the lowest three-point percentage of any team in the NEC, LIU Brooklyn broke a season-long trend and went 6-of-7 from three-point range in the second quarter alone
  • The Pioneers managed to go 3-of-6 from three in the frame to avoid being run off the court in the midst of the Blackbirds' 23-point quarter
  • Haines added five more points to give her 13 for the half, as the fifth-year graduate student supplied nearly half of the Pioneers' points in the first 20 minutes of play

Third Quarter (48-44 LIU)

  • Despite playing better defensively coming out of the halftime locker room, SHU couldn't manage to cut into the sizeable deficit until the latter stages of the quarter
  • The Pioneers forced nine LIU Brooklyn turnovers (while committing only one on the offensive end) but three of the Blackbirds' four field goals in the quarter were three-pointers
  • Trailing by nine with just over one minute remaining in the stanza, SHU came up with a 5-0 run to end the frame and make it just a four-point deficit heading into the final period
  • Jayla Davis provided a spark, coming off the bench to score four points in the quarter while SHU grabbed five offensive rebounds in the period

Fourth Quarter (69-64 LIU)

  • An exhilarating fourth quarter saw the score tied three times and the lead change hands twice
  • Allyson Murphy's deep three-pointer at the wing tied the score at 49-49 with more than eight minutes still remaining
  • Three minutes later, Adrianne Hagood splashed in a rainbow three-point attempt that gave the Pioneers their first lead since the early stages of the second quarter
  • LIU Brooklyn, however, was quick to respond as Ella Vaatanen calmly hit a lefty floater in the lane with 3:24 remaining which put the Blackbirds up for good
  • The Pioneers had several possessions in the closing minute trailing by three but a last gasp potential game-tying three from Candice Leatherwood came up short and the Blackbirds iced the game away with free throws in the closing seconds

NOTES

  • The Pioneers passed the ball well all afternoon long, dishing out 18 assists (tied for the second-most assists in a single-game this season) while committing a season-low six turnovers
  • Despite the loss, the six-turnover total for SHU represents the fewest turnovers for the Pioneers in a single-game since committing five in a loss to CCSU back on March 6, 2010
  • Haines' game-high 25-point performance matched her season-high (also scored 25 at St. Francis Brooklyn on Jan. 19) and was just one point off her career-high
  • Haines (11-17 FG) accounted for half of the Pioneers' total field goals made on the day (22)
  • Hagood joined Haines as the lone Pioneers to net double figure point totals, as the sophomore guard pumped in 13 points for her 16th double-digit scoring game of the season
  • Erin Storck totaled six points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 38 minutes of action before fouling out late in the fourth
  • LIU Brooklyn claimed a sizeable 37-9 advantage on the afternoon in terms of bench scoring while the Blackbirds outrebounded the Pioneers 46-29 (+17)

NEXT GAME
Sacred Heart continues its season-long four-game road swing on Saturday afternoon as the Pioneers head to in-state NEC foe Central Connecticut State for a 1 PM tip. SHU was led by Haines in the first meeting who finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds as the Pioneers squeaked out a 66-61 win.