Brooklyn, N.Y.. (January 16, 2017)— The Sacred Heart women's basketball team won for the third time in as many outings, defeating host St. Francis Brooklyn 81-74 at the Pope Physical Education Center Monday afternoon. The Pioneers, who improved to 5-1 in NEC play, were led by Senior Hannah Kimmel who recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 28 points and 14 rebounds and sophomore Katherine Haines who finished with 19 points.
After shooting 52.9 percent from the field in the opening quarter, the Pioneers blitzed the host Terriers for 29 points in the second quarter, while allowing just 13 points. SHU opened the second quarter hitting 5-7 from the field, opening the period with 12 consecutive points, opening a 32-16 advantage, and capping an 19-2 run from late in the first quarter when St. Francis took a 14-13 edge. Kimmel (19) and Haines (13) both finished the first-half in double figures, as SHU took a 49-29 edge into the break.
Inside the Box:
- Kimmel was outstanding on both ends of the floor as she secured her fourth double-double of the season grabbing 14 rebounds, along with the 28 points.
- The Pioneers went on a 12 point run to start the second quarter, which seemed to overwhelm the Terriers and lead to a 20 point deficit. St. Francis Brooklyn had trouble catching up with the shooting of the Pioneers after the early lead.
How It Happened:
- Castro got the Pioneers on the board first as she dodged thru the Terriers defense for a layup
- Olivia Olevey responded with back-to-back baskets for the Terriers to but the score at 4-4. The Pioneers were quick to respond thanks to Kimmel, and Haines who hit a pair of jumpers to put SHU up 8-4
- Each team exchanged baskets leaving the score 15-14 in favor of Sacred Heart, with 1:00 remaining in the first
- Kimmel was on fire in the first quarter hitting a late shot from downtown, and leave the Pioneers with a 20-16 lead to end the first quarter
- SHU came into the second quarter rolling, going on a seven point run led by a shot from beyond the arc from Erin Storck to put the Pioneers up 27-16
- A Terrier timeout attempted to break up the momentum but SHU wasn't done, as Haines hit a layup, and Hickey added a triple to put the score to 32-16
- St. Francis Brooklyn ended the run after a made layup from Kat Phipps
- Kimmel really found her shot in the second draining a deep three in the face of a defender to put SHU up 46-29
- Storck ended the quarter with a three point play with a layup and a free throw enter halftime with a 20 point lead, 49-29
- Castro's shot from downtown was nothing but net to answer after an opening layup from the Terriers.
- A Kimmel fast break lay up put Sacred Heart on a four put run and moved the score to 54-36 in favor of SHU with 4:41 remaining in the third
- A triple from Alex Delaney cut the Terrier deficit to 14, moving the score to 54-40 where there was 2:57 remaining
- Castro fed Kimmel a beautiful pass to end the third quarter with a Kimmel layup that left the score 58-42
- Both teams came out firing in the final quarter as they exchanged baskets to leave the score at 63-51 with 6:41 remaining in favor of SHU
- Haines ended the exchange as she hit a trio of layups to put the Pioneers up 68-54
- Kimmel continued to hit every shot she put up as she was nothing but net back to back
- The Terriers answered after a shot beyond of the arc fell from Samantha Keltos, the Pioneers still led 72-57 with 3:48 remaining
- The Terriers would do their best to claw back within five points, but went on to fall 81-74