Pioneers Earn Mannetti Her First Win; Defeat Yale 67-54

NEW HAVEN, CONN. (November 16, 2013)—The Sacred Heart women's basketball team hands new Head Coach Jessica Mannetti her first win with the 67-54 defeat of Yale University Saturday afternoon. Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.) lit up the scoreboard with a career-high 13 points, and shot .667 (6-for-9) from the field as the Pioneers improve to 1-1 on the season.

Tarsi was one of three Pioneers to reach double-digit scoring. Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) and Adaysha Williams (Lacrosse, Wis.) tallied 12 and 10 points respectively as SHU improves to 1-1 on the season.

Senior Ericka Norma (Chino Hills, Calif.) flirted with her first double-double of the season. The point guard posted seven assists along with her eight points.

Sacred Heart led from the moment Caitlyn Abela (South Easton, Mass.) laid in the first bucket of the game. The Pioneer defense held the Bulldogs to just one basket, a three-pointer from Hayden Latham, for the first three minutes while they put eight points on the board.

The Pioneers combined several short runs to continue improving their lead in the first half, and with a last second layup from Washington, SHU headed into the break up 37-29.

The Bulldogs opened the second half with a 7-2 run that cut Sacred Heart's lead to just three points. The Pioneers played tough defense and managed to hold off Yale for the next few minutes. With 12:06 left in the game, Washington landed a shot that kick-started a 12-point SHU run featuring six points from Norman and four from Tarsi, that boosted Sacred Heart to a 58-41 lead.

The teams traded baskets for the next four minutes. Down 49-67, Yale managed to render the strong SHU offense scoreless for the last three minutes of the game, but the Bulldogs didn't have enough time to stage a comeback.

Sacred Heart comes back home to the William H. Pitt Center Wednesday, Nov. 20 to host their second Big East opponent of the year, Villanova, at 7:00 p.m.