NEW BRITAIN, CONN. (February 22, 2014)—Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) led the Pioneers with 18 points as the Sacred Heart women's basketball team fell to Central Connecticut State 63-53 Saturday afternoon in the Detrick Gymnasium. The loss drops SHU to 11-15 on the season and 8-7 in Northeast Conference play.
The Pioneers opened the game on a 7-2 run after Washington landed a jumper to open scoring. Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y), who totaled 15 points in the game, accounted for seven of Sacred Heart's first nine points.
Landing a layup and drawing a foul, CCSU's Kaley Watras brought the Blue Devils back to tie the score at 11. Moments late Tejahne Malone sunk another to give CCSU its first lead of the game.
Kimmel's fancy footwork helped her to penetrate the CCSU defense and lay one in halting the Blue Devils' seven-point run. But CCSU continued its hot shooting taking off on an eight-point run to improve their lead to 21-13 with 6:23 left in the half.
Poor shooting in the first half—Sacred Heart shot just 20.8%--lead to the Pioneers to trail 29-20 at halftime.
Sacred Heart found new momentum in the second half as Enjoli Bland's (Queen Creek, Ariz.) layup sparked an 8-1 SHU run that cut CCSU's lead to just five points, 33-28.
Just inside the 13-minute marker, sophomore Johanna Lopez (Silver Spring, Md.) continued to get the Pioneers closer, landing two free throws to bring SHU within three points, 35-32.
Getting the call on an over-the-back rebounding foul, Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) landed one of her two foul shots to knot the game at 37, but moments later the Blue Devils put in back-to-back baskets to regain the lead.
Sacred Heart battled to the final buzzer, but could never overcome the deficit.
CCSU senior Jessica Babe led the game with 20 points.
The Pioneers head to Bryant to face off with the Bulldogs Monday night at 7:00 p.m.