FAIRFIELD, CONN. (November 14, 2016)—Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) recorded her first double-double of the season leading the Pioneers with 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Sacred Heart women's basketball team fell to Brown 80-66 in the 2016-17 home opener.
The Pioneers seemed to fall behind right from the get-go as the Bears held SHU to just six points in the first quarter. Sacred Heart tried to battle its way back, outscoring Brown in the second (16-15) and fourth (24-20) quarters, but it wasn't enough to overcome the 25-6 lead the Bears held at the end of the first.
The Pioneers hit the road this weekend as they travel to Lehigh for a Saturday night showdown.
Inside the Box:
- Kimmel posted her first double-double of the season leading the Pioneers with 13 points and 10 rebounds
- Brown's Justine Gaziano led all players with 22 points
- SHU won the turnover game forcing the Bears into 17 while only committing 15
- After shooting just 15.8% in the first quarter, the Pioneers shot better and better each period to shoot their highest quarterly field goal percentage of 57.1% (8-14) in the fourth
- Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.), who tallied 10 points in the affair, had the first basket of the game, but the Bears answered with the next six points to take the lead after three minutes of play
- After the Pioneers got their second field goal from Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.), Brown's offense continued to surge with an 8-2 streak that caused SHU Head Coach Jessica Mannetti to burn a timeout
- The break didn't stop the Bears though who went on to outscore SHU 25-6 in the quarter
- Down 40-12, Tykera Carter (Alexandria, Va.) sparked an eight-point run for the Pioneers that cut Brown's lead to 20 with just over a minute remaining in the half
- SHU tacked on two more before the buzzer to head into the break down 18, outscoring the Bears 16-15 in the quarter
- The teams traded points throughout the third period with Brown maintaining their large lead
- Sacred Heart found its shot in the fourth, posting its highest quarter field goal percentage of 57.1% (8-14)
- A deep three from Carter brought the Pioneers within 15 points, 63-45, capping off an eight-point run with 8:05 left to play, but Brown extended their lead again answering with five straight
- Sacred Heart minimized the gap at 12 points, 65-53, as Katherine Haines' (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) free throw completed another eight-point run, and again at 75-63 with just under three minutes to play, but it was too little too late