LORETTO, PA (March 9, 2014)—Gabrielle Washington broke the 31-year-old single-game scoring record lighting up the scoreboard with 47 points as the Sacred Heart women's basketball team lost the double-overtime battle to Saint Francis U 132-124 in the quarterfinal of the Northeast Conference Tournament. The Pioneers, who finish the season 12-18, set the single game scoring record scoring more than 100 points for the first time since 1985.
Washington and Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.), who tallied 19 points, recorded double-doubles each pulling down 10 rebounds. NEC All-Rookie selection Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) scored a career-best 21 points shooting 50.0% from the field.
After getting fouled by Katie Shepard (Lone Tree, Colo.) SFU's Alexa Hayward sunk two from the charity stripe for the first points of the game. Alli Williams and Aisha Brock combined for eight points to expand the Red Flash's lead forcing Sacred Heart Head Coach Jessica Mannetti to call a timeout.
The break proved fruitful as Kimmel, Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) and Adaysha Williams landed consecutive baskets putting eight on the board for the Pioneers.
Landing a jumper just inside the 11-minute mark, Washington knotted the game at 17, but Corissa Archer laid one in a minute later to tip the score back in SFU's favor. It was Kimmel moments later that evened the score with a pair of free throws at 19.
Inside the nine-minute mark, freshman Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) knocked down a trey from the left wing giving the Pioneers their first lead of the game, 24-22.
Knocking the ball away and laying in on the fast break, Hayward cut Sacred Heart's lead to just two points, but senior Enjoli Bland (Queen Creek, Ariz.) fended them off sinking a shot in the paint, 36-32, sparking a six-point Pioneer run.
With less than four minutes remaining in the half, the Red Flash had its own six-point run capped off by Archers jumper that tied the score at 40 before the 3:32 media timeout. Hayward hit her shot coming out of the timeout giving SFU the 42-40 advantage.
The teams battled until the halftime buzzer, but Alli Williams six-straight points was the difference as the Red Flash held a 53-47 lead at the break.
The Pioneers and Red Flash traded baskets in the opening minutes of the half, but with Washington's layup and and-one conversion, SHU minimized Saint Francis U's lead to just two points. Moments later Kimmel tied the game at 59, and with 16:02 on the clock Washington landed a triple boosting the Pioneers to a 62-61 lead.
Sharp shooting helped SHU maintain the lead, but the Red Flash worked its way back and moments before the 11:40 media timeout, Hayward tied the game at 69 all with a layup.
Brock tipped the scales back in the Red Flash's favor draining a three from the top of the key and igniting a 9-2 SFU run for an 80-76 lead.
Down 83-78, Adaysha Williams put seven unanswered points on the board putting the Pioneers ahead 85-83 by the 4:16 media timeout.
The Red Flash came back to take an 86-85 lead, but Washington's back-to-back jumpers combined with Lerae Ettiene's (Kensington, Md.) and one conversion the Pioneers were back on top 92-86.
With SHU up 94-89, Adaysha Williams made it a three-possession lead tacking on two points for the Pioneers from the free throw line.
Alli Williams headed to the free throw line after a foul was called on Adaysha Williams with SHU leading 100-95 with 30 seconds in the game. Williams landed both for the Red Flash making it a three-point game. Kimmel extended SHU's lead to four points answering with her own free throw.
Getting the ball on the inbound, Hayward hit a jumper in the paint with 15 second left to bring the Red Flash within one, 101-100. Shepard was immediately sent to the line getting fouled by Alli Williams, and made one of two.
Right before the buzzer, Alli Williams laid one in tying the score at 102 and sending the game into overtime.
The teams traded baskets to open the extra period. Coming to the charity stripe in a big spot, with SHU down 108-107, Hickey landed both her shots to put SHU ahead by one.
Ettienne and Kimmel combined to make it a three-point game in the final minute, 113-110. It was a game of free throws in the final minute. Alli Williams cut SHU's lead to one with a pair before Washington answered with two of her own. With less than 15 seconds on the clock, Hayward got the and one to tie the game at 115 and send the game into double overtime.
The Red Flash jumped out to a quick lead in the second overtime thanks to a 7-2 run. From there the Pioneers could never recover as they were outscored 17-9 in the period.