FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team gutted out a 65-61 win over the visiting Manhattan Jaspers, Wednesday evening inside of the William H. Pitt Center. Both teams traded six-point leads as the Pioneers credited their advantage in the third and the Jaspers saw their cushion come to fruition in the fourth. However, the Pioneers remained relentless registering a 7-2 run to deadlock play at 61-61 apiece. With just 70 ticks pictured on the clock, Sacred Heart eliminated any more scoring of the visitors while tacking on four more of its own to settle the final.
Sacred Heart – 1-1
Manhattan – 0-2
How it happened…
Following a tightly contested battle through the first 27 minutes of action, Candice Leatherwood opened up a third-quarter six-point advantage, the largest by any team, on a hard take to the cup absorbing the contact and earning a trip to the line. There, she would complete the old-fashioned three with 3:17 to play in the period, up 47-41.
Manhattan began to combat the Pioneers' lead as the fourth quarter commenced before a layup from Kayla Grimme erased what stood of the SHU advantage, 52-51, at the 7:33 mark. Nyasha Irizary connected from deep capitalizing on the six-point lead and Grimme encouraged the buffer with 5:30 to go.
From there, Leatherwood netted the mid-range shot off-balanced making it a two-possession game with 4:21 remaining. Momentous, Leatherwood caught the ball left off-the-mark from Grimme and knocked down a trey on the other end bringing the hosts within one, 59-58.
Amani Tatum and Katherine Haines traded buckets before both teams played to their eighth tie, 61-up with just over a minute remaining. At that point, SHU froze its opponents' scoring en-route to its first win of the season.
Leatherwood netted a team-high 23 points on 58.3-percent accompanied by seven rebounds. Haines recorded a double-double, her first of the season, comprised of 16 points and 13 boards. Tykera Carter flirted with one herself adding eight points but pulling down 11 boards. Erin Storck erupted for a career-high 17 points collecting 15 through the first half of play on 6-for-10 shooting.
Grimme put up 32 points amassing over 1,000 points to her career and 13 rebounds. Tatum netted 15 points while Julie Hoier picked up four rebounds on each end of the floor for eight total.
The Pioneers travel to Harvard Saturday prior to a 2:00 pm tip-off.