HACKENSACK, N.J. – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team rained in a season-high 14 three-pointers to defeat Fairleigh Dickinson, 82-63, from the Rothman Center on Monday night. The Pioneers finish their season-long four-game road swing with a 3-1 record to move to 15-11 on the season and 11-4 in the Northeast Conference. The Knights drop to 6-20 overall and 3-12 in NEC play.
Backed by an offensive performance of historic proportion, the Pioneers went 28-for-46 from the floor (60.9 percent), matching their best single-game shooting percentage in the program's Division I history (since 2000-01). In addition, the Pioneers' 14 makes from three is the highest total for SHU in an NEC road game in program history and the 56 percent success rate from three (14-for-25) is the best for SHU in a game since hitting 56.5 percent back on Feb. 11, 2017 against CCSU.
Jayla Davis and Kiana Ye, two usual role players who stepped into larger roles due to injuries on the roster, both played key roles in the win. Starting her first game of the season, Davis easily bested her previous career-high (12) with a 19-point outburst as the sophomore guard went 7-for-9 from the floor and 2-for-4 from three. Ye, who recently returned to action for her first game of the season on Saturday at CCSU, provided a huge spark off the bench and hit 3-of-4 from three on her way to a career-high nine points in the win.
CAREER-HIGH KIANA ����‼️ Playing in just her 2nd game of the year...Kiana has 9⃣pts and 3⃣ triples today pic.twitter.com/Ir2jRGLC1i— SHU Pioneers (@SHUBigRed) February 26, 2019
Sacred Heart 82 / Fairleigh Dickinson 63
Sacred Heart (15-11, 11-4 NEC) / Fairleigh Dickinson (6-20, 3-12 NEC)
Rothman Center / Hackensack, N.J.
First Quarter (20-8 SHU)
- A perfect start for the Pioneers saw SHU jump out to a 7-0 lead and force FDU into an early timeout just 2:52 into play
- With makes on four of the first six possessions of the game, SHU's early pressure stretched to a 9-0 advantage while the Pioneer defense limited the Knights to a 0-for-6 start from the floor on FDU's offensive end
- Following an Erin Storck triple, Kiana Ye made her first impact on the game, coming off the bench and hitting her first of three triples on the evening
Second Quarter (34-23 SHU)
- After blitzing the Knights in the first quarter, the game flow was much more back-and-forth in the second
- FDU forced the Pioneers into seven turnovers in the second quarter alone and cut the lead down to just seven at 28-21 with 3:41 remaining
- In the face of the FDU momentum, a key 6-0 SHU run followed to build the advantage back up to 13 points and ultimately give the Pioneers an 11-point advantage at the half
Third Quarter (66-43 SHU)
- With the game still very much in doubt, the Pioneers snuffed out any potential FDU comeback bid with a 32-point domination in the third
- With the Pioneer lead sitting at nine with just over eight minutes left in the frame, an explosive offensive series featuring four straight possessions ending with a three-pointer saw the SHU lead balloon to 21
- Those four straight trips with a triple saw four different Pioneers make a three-pointer in the sequence (Haines, Leatherwood, Storck and Davis)
- After Haines converted in the lane for two, Leatherwood's fourth make from distance pushed the Pioneers' streak up to five straight makes from behind the arc in the quarter
- Davis and Haines combined to score the final 11 points of the quarter for SHU, with Davis' personal 5-0 run establishing her new career-high
Soooooo yeahhhhh...make that 5⃣ straight makes from DEEP‼️ Davis hits her first then Leatherwood follows with this triple (her 4th today ��)— SHU Pioneers (@SHUBigRed) February 26, 2019
4:24 3Q | SHU 55, FDU 31 pic.twitter.com/9a8aGsFVAL
Fourth Quarter (82-63 SHU)
- With the outcome largely decided, Davis and Haines continued to produce in the fourth, combining to score 11 of the 16 SHU points in the quarter
- Ye drained her third three-pointer of the game to give SHU their biggest lead of the game (77-52) and the graduate student a new career-high
- Not only did SHU set a new season-high with 14 three-pointers, but the Pioneers netted a new season-high with 82 points
- This marked just the second time this season the Pioneers have scored 80-plus points (prev. 80-68 at Wagner, Jan. 12)
- SHU remains unbeaten this season when scoring 70-plus points, moving to 10-0 in 2018-19
- The Pioneers also prolonged a season-long trend as SHU is now 14-2 this season when leading at halftime
- The 32-point third quarter marks the highest-scoring period in program history, one point higher than a 31-point fourth quarter that came in a 69-59 home win over Robert Morris on Dec. 29, 2016 (NCAA moved to quarters at start of 2015-16 season)
- In her first start of the season, Davis went off for her career-high 19-point game, easily besting her previous career-best of 12 which came at St. Francis Brooklyn in her rookie season
- Davis' 19 points marks her third double-digit point total of the season, fourth of her career and first since scoring 10 at Hofstra on Nov. 28
- Ye's incredible nine-point showing came on the heels of her first action of the season on Saturday at CCSU (eight minutes, 0-2 3FG)
- Ye bested her previous career-high of seven which came against Monmouth back on Dec. 8, 2016
- Katherine Haines scored 18 of her game-high 22 points in the second half as she went 7-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-5 from three to give her 20+ points for the third straight game
- Haines added five rebounds, two blocks and a career-high five assists to easily best her previous career-high of three
- Stock produced a very steady stat line with 16 points (6-9 FG, 2-3 3FG), six rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 37 minutes
- Candice Leatherwood added 12 points (4-7 3FG), six assists and four rebounds
- For the second straight game, SHU had four players net double figures (Haines 22, Davis 19, Storck 16, Leatherwood 12)
Now finished with a four-game road swing that saw the Pioneers go 3-1, SHU returns to the Pitt Center for its two most-important games of the season. The Pioneers first take on Saint Francis U on Saturday at 1 PM and follow with league leader's Robert Morris on Monday night. Saturday's game against the Red Flash, an all-important contest with just one game separating the two teams in the standings, also serves as SHU's Senior Day game.