PROVIDENCE, RI – Junior Erin Storck credited a career-high 23 points pacing the Sacred Heart women's basketball team's (3-5) early hints of a high-octane offense. Unfortunately, Brown's prolific three-point shooting shadowed the Pioneers' production as the Bears credited the 102-77 victory at the Pizzitola Sports Center, Wednesday evening.
How it happened…
An Adrianne Hagood triple provided the Pioneers with their largest lead of the evening (19) at the 8:29 mark of the second quarter before the hosts staged a comeback eliminating any answer by Sacred Heart.
Erika Steeves and Justine Gaziano both swished shots from far on the front end of the Bears' 25-5 outburst to knot things at 37-up with just over three-and-a-half minutes remaining in the period. Besides the treys aforementioned, the hosts fired off three others from downtown in the run before Taylor Will split at the charity stripe making way for a Brown advantage the team would clutch for the duration of the contest.
Storck's career superlative revved the Pioneers' offense in the first half as she re-scripted her best point total through the first 20 minutes of play (18 points). The guard went 50-percent from the field and shot 60-percent from far before the intermission accounting for almost half of the Pioneer's points as they led 43-38. Her four triples tied a career-high for the third time.
Jenna Silletti's season-best 11 points were accompanied by five boards and a career-high two assists as she shot 62.8-percent from the field.
Tykera Carter (14) and Candice Leatherwood (10) added points for Sacred Heart with Carter also notching six boards, an assist, and a steal while Leatherwood dished out a team-leading five dimes and a theft.
Olivia Dabney was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time of her career and in her role added six boards, four assists, served up a rejection and garnered three steals in 32 minutes of action.
Hagood finished with nine points while Abigail Kangudie grabbed a team-leading seven boards.
On the Bear's behalf, two players notched double-doubles while three others finished in double-figures. Steeves led the pack with 31 points and 13 boards. Janie White corralled 14 rebounds to lead all on the evening. Will rallied off 19 points and 10 rebounds and Shayna Mehta emitted 25 points in the contest.
Sacred Heart shot over 50-percent in the first quarter and 40-percent in the second before succumbing to percentages lower than 36-percent the duration of the game. The Bears managed to shoot 48.1-percent for the entire game and 45.5-percent from beyond the arc going 15-of-33 contrasting the Pioneers' 8-of-19 clip.
Brown also emerged with 22 second-chance points to the Pioneers' three and owned SHU in the open court, 12-4.
- Silletti's 11 points inserted her into the Pioneers now three-game streak of four players finishing in double-figures. Storck (23), Carter (14) and Leatherwood (10) joined her.
- The Pioneers' 77 points netted as a team marks the largest offensive output in regulation by the club all season.
- Sacred Heart's 48 points attained by halftime taps the most scored through the first 20 minutes this season.
Women's basketball returns home to the Pitt Center Saturday, December 9 to host Big East member Providence. Tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.