Pioneers Pack the Pitt, and Takedown Fairleigh Dickinson,With a 68-60 OT Win

Pioneers Pack the Pitt, and Takedown Fairleigh Dickinson,With a 68-60 OT Win

Fairfield, CT.- The Women's Basketball team held their annual Pack the Pitt game, as they took on the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. The Pioneers would go on to pick up a 68-60 overtime victory. Katherine Haines recorded her seventh double-double of the night, finishing with 20 points, and 10 boards. Three Pioneers would finish in double-digits as Hannah Kimmel would record 13, and Kelcey Castro would finish with 10. The Pioneers head into the final weekend of regular season as they take on Robert Morris, and Saint Francis U.

 

With the stands packed in white, the Pioneers won the opening tip-off but the Knights were first to get on the board, picking up back-to-back layups. Haines answered for the Pioneers as the score was 4-2 in favor of the Knights early. Kimmel gave the Pioneers their first lead after a jumper from beyond the arc, to move the score to 5-4. Each team would exchange a pair of baskets to keep SHU ahead 7-6 with 3:34 left on the clock. Castro drove to the basket and added a slick spin to bank in a layup, to tie the score up 10-10 under a minute left in the first; neither team would score, as they ended the first 10-10.

 

The Knights kicked off the second quarter, picking up a bucket, but Kimmel would rush the floor to get back-to-back layups to give the Pioneers a 14-12 advantage. As the shot clock wound down, Castro would hit a big three to move the Pioneers ahead 19-17. The Knights would grab the lead as they snagged a Kimmel pass, which led to a fast break layup with the score 24-20 in favor of FDU with 2:22 left in the second. A SHU timeout would allow the Pioneers to regroup, as Kimmel would get the Pioneers on track adding a layup. Shelby Hickey, who leads the team in free throw percentage, would tie the game up as she goes 2-2 from the line, and ends the half with SHU trailing 27-26.

 

Each team exchanged a pair of baskets to start the second half, but Castro would hit the big three to keep the game tied up 32-32, followed by a Haines fast break layup to give the Pioneers a 34-32 lead with 6:21 remaining in the third. Adaysha Williams woke up the crowd as she hit a three in the corner, but the Knights would respond with a layup to keep the score 37-35 in favor of SHU. The Knights would regain the lead after a made triple as the score stood 38-37 with 4:06 remaining in the third. Pioneers would go on a 7-2 run to give Sacred Heart a 44-40 lead, Williams hitting a big three in the run. The Pioneers would enter the final quarter with a 45-42 lead.

The Knights would catch some momentum to start the fourth, going on a 5-0 run, but Kimmel would slow the roll, adding a jumper to keep the score tied 47-47 at the 7:46 mark. The Knights would jump to a 50-47 lead, but Haines would go 2-2 from the charity stripe, closing the gap to 50-49. Williams drains a deep triple at 1:21 to tie the game up 52-52 as the final quarter wound down, and eventually lead to overtime.

 

Hickey would start the overtime, hitting a big three to put the pressure on Fairleigh Dickinson with 4:37 left in OT. Haines would extend the lead 59-54 after adding a pair of layup with 1:59 remaining. Knights tie the game up 58-58, but Storck would go on to hit a clutch three, moving the game 62-58. The Pioneers would go on to hold off the Knights, and win 68-60.

 
 
 
 

Noteworthy-

  •  Pioneers shot an impressive 54.5% (6-11) from the floor in the second quarter, they would end the night shooting 41.8% (23-55) and hold the Knights to 32.3% (21-65)
  •  Haines would pick up her seventh double-double of the season, as she finished the game with 20 points, and 10 boards.

Inside the Box-

  • The Pioneers held a slight rebounding advantage at the half, as they grabbed 21 boards to the Knights 18.  Sacred Heart would go on to out rebound the Knights 45-38

Turning Point-

  •  Storck would hit a cluth three as overtime wound down. The Pioneers would hold a 62-58 lead at the time, and force the Knights to foul in desperation. SHU would go on to hold off the Knights and win 68-60
 

First Quarter-

  • With the stands packed in white, the Pioneers won the opening tip-off but the Knights were first to get on the board, picking up back-to-back layups. Haines answered for the Pioneers as the score was 4-2 in favor of the Knights early
  • Kimmel gave the Pioneers their first lead after a jumper from beyond the arc, to move the score 5-4
  •  Each team would exchange a pair of baskets to keep SHU ahead 7-6 with 3:34 left on the clock
  • Castro drove to the basket and added a slick spin to bank in a layup, to tie the score up 10-10 under a minute left in the first, neither team would score, as they ended the first 10-10

Second Quarter-

  •  The Knights kicked off the second quarter, picking up a bucket, but Kimmel would rush the floor to get back-to-back layups to give the Pioneers a 14-12 advantage
  •  As the shot clock wound down, Castro would hit a big three to move the Pioneers ahead 19-17
  • The Knights would grab the lead as they snagged a Kimmel pass which led to a fast break layup with the score 24-20 in favor of FDU with 2:22 left in the second
  • A SHU timeout would allow the Pioneers to regroup, as Kimmel would get the Pioneers on track adding a layup
  • Hickey, who leads the team in free throw percentage, would tie the game up as she goes 2-2 from the line, and ends the half with SHU trailing 27-26
 

Third Quarter-

  •  Each team exchanged a pair of baskets to start the second half, but Castro would hit the big three to keep the game tied up 32-32, followed by a Haines fast break layup to give the Pioneers a 34-32 lead with 6:21 remaining in the third
  •  Williams woke up the crowd as she hit a three in the corner, but the Knights would respond with a layup to keep the score 37-35 in favor of SHU
  • The Knights would regain the lead after a made triple as the score stood 38-37 with 4:06 remaining in the third
  • Pioneers would go on a 7-2 run to give Sacred Heart a 44-40 lead, Williams hitting a big three in the run
  • The Pioneers would enter the final quarter with a 45-42 lead

Fourth Quarter-

  •  The Knights would catch some momentum to start the fourth, going on a 5-0 run, but Kimmel would slow the roll, adding a jumper to keep the score tied 47-47 at the 7:46 mark
  •  The Knights would jump to a 50-47 lead, but Haines would go 2-2 from the charity stripe, closing the gap to 50-49
  • Williams drains a deep triple at 1:21 to tie the game up 52-52 as the final quarter wound down, and eventually lead to overtime

Overtime-

  • Hickey would start the overtime with her first points of the night, hitting a big three to put the pressure on Fairleigh Dickinson with 4:37 left in OT
  • Haines would extend the lead 59-54 after adding a pair of layup with 1:59 remaining
  • Knights tie the game up 58-58, but Storck would go on to hit a clutch three, moving the game 62-58. The Pioneers would go on to hold off the Knights, and win 68-60