The Pioneers' fast paced play proved to be an effective tactic over the Glanmire Basketball Club Friday night as they took home their first win of the trip 76-68. Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) led the team lighting up the scoreboard with 16 points, while freshman Caitlyn Abela(South Easton, Mass.) posted a double-double collecting 12 points and an impressive 15 rebounds.
Down by two in the first quarter, Johanna Lopez (Silver Springs, Md.) laid one in to knot the game at 15. Glanmire made the next two shots to reclaim the lead before Washington landed back-to-back jumpers to lift SHU to its first lead of the game.
Lerae Ettienne got the pass from Lopez under the basket and laid in the shot to give SHU a two-point lead 26-24 at the end of the first quarter.
The Pioneers turned on the heat in the second quarter, out scoring them 17-10, giving SHU a 43-34 lead heading into halftime. Abela accounted for six of Sacred Heart's point, with her classmate Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wisc.) getting her first taste of college ball collecting two points, two rebounds and an assist in the second quarter.
Senior Blair Koniszewski and Lopez made some noise in the third quarter. Koniszewski went 3-for-4 for eight points. Lopez finished the period strong laying in consecutive baskets giving the Pioneers a 57-47 at the end of the quarter.
Glanmire narrowed the gap to just four points before Washington and Koniszewski combined for five points with four minutes left on the clock for a 68-59 SHU lead. Glanmire fought until the end, but six points from the charity stripe in the final minute cemented Coach Jessica Mannetti's first win.