Williams Surpasses 1,000 Career Points in SHU's Win Over Siena

Williams Surpasses 1,000 Career Points in SHU's Win Over Siena

FAIRFIELD, CONN. (December 12, 2016)—Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis) had a big night Monday against the Siena Saints. The senior led the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a thrilling 62-58 victory with 22 points, during which she became the 20th Pioneer in program history to eclipse the 1,000 career point milestone. SHU's first home win of the season improves its record to 3-7 heading into the final two games of the non-conference schedule.

The Pioneers begin a two game road trip on Sunday to close out the non-conference slate against New Hampshire at 1:00 p.m. 

 

Noteworthy:

  • With her seventh field goal of the game at the 3:15 marker in the fourth quarter, Williams expanded SHU's lead to seven points and became the 20th Pioneer in program history to eclipse the 1,000 career point milestone
  • Erin Storck (Commack, N.Y.) flirted with her first career double-double totaling eight points and eight rebounds
 

Inside the Box:

  • The lead changed sides 12 times throughout the game, the most in any SHU game this season
  • Williams led all players with 22 points shooting 53.8% (7-13) from the floor and knocking down all six of her free throws
  • The Pioneer defense forced the Saints into 18 turnovers and SHU converted them for 17 points
 

Turning Point:

  • Williams capped off a nine-point streak with a triple as the buzzer ended the third quarter breaking the 43-43 tie in favor of SHU. The Pioneers picked up right where they left off in the fourth scoring the first five points of the period expanding their lead to eight points, 51-43. The Saints cut SHU's lead to just one point, 57-56, with 42 seconds left, but Sacred Heart landed five foul shots before the end of the game to fend of the threatening Siena and claim their first home win of the season
 

How It Happened:

First Quarter:

  • The teams traded baskets and the lead through the opening minutes before the Saints managed to hit back-to-back baskets for a three-point lead, 9-6
  • Jenna Silletti (Huntington, N.Y.) halted the streak and put SHU back on top, 10-9, with consecutive jumpers in the paint with 5:49 left in the quarter
  • After the lead changed sides for the ninth time putting Siena up by one,  Storck drained two layups in a row to put SHU up 16-13 with 2:52 on the clock
  • The teams continued to exchange buckets through the rest of the period, but the three-point difference proved to be the difference as the Saints couldn't overcome the Pioneers before the buzzer, and Sacred Heart went into the second period with a 20-19 lead
 

Second Quarter:

  • With neither team landing a bucket for nearly two minutes, Tykera Carter (Alexandria, Va.) got things going in the second quarter draining a three from the top of the arc expanding SHU's lead
  • The Saints held SHU for the next three minutes as they went on a four-point, which capped off with Kollyns Scarborough knocking down two free throws to even the score at 23 just before the under five minute media timeout
  • Coming out of the break, Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.), Katherine Haines (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) and Williams combined for five points to give SHU the 28-23 advantage
  • After Jackie Benitez cut into SHU's lead with a pair from the charity stripe, Haines and Williams again combined for four to recover Sacred Heart's lead
  • The Pioneers finished the period on a 11-6 streak over the last four minutes of the quarter, while holding Siena without a basket for the last six, for a 34-29 lead at halftime
 

Third Quarter:

  • Siena started the second half on a nine-point streak which included the Saints reclaiming the lead, 36-34, on Karolina Severova's triple just over two minutes in
  • Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) ended the Pioneers' drought with a three to cut into Siena's lead, 40-37, just before the 4:47 media timeout
  • Williams and Hickey made back-to-back baskets to cut the gap to two points, 43-41, with just over two minutes to play allowing Storck to knot the game at 43 forcing the Saints to call a timeout with 1:15 on the clock
  • SHU finished the third on a nine-point streak to own a 46-43 lead heading into the game's final stanza
 

Fourth Quarter:

  • The Pioneers picked up right where they left off opening the fourth quarter with a five-point run expanding their lead to eight points, 51-43, with just over eight minutes remaining in the game
  • With her seventh field goal of the game at the 3:15 marker, Williams expanded SHU's lead to seven points and became the 20th Pioneer in program history to eclipse the 1,000 career point milestone
  • Benitez answered with a triple sparking a 8-2 run that brought the Saints within one point, 57-56, with just 42 seconds left on the clock
  • In the final 25 seconds, Williams went to the line twice and made all four shots to expands SHU's lead to five points