FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A second consecutive career performance by Erin Storck and a momentous sequence in waning time by Tykera Carter pushed the Sacred Heart women's basketball team (4-5) past Providence (6-5), 78-75, Saturday afternoon at the Pitt Center.
How it happened…
After Sacred Heart displayed its second-highest offensive output through the first 10 minutes this season (23 points), Providence's Jovanna Nogic knocked down back-to-back threes, her team's first makes from far, to cut its deficit to just one, 23-22 (7:30). Storck and Carter both sank treys over the course of the next three minutes but Nogic caught fire netting two more helping her team to outscore the Pioneers in the period facing just a two-point debt by the intermission 35-33.
A competitive third quarter endured four lead changes and three ties before the Friars' staged a fourth-quarter production that nearly put the game's victory in their possession.
In the clutch window of the final quarter, Katherine Haines used glass to level the playing field for the final time, 72-up with just 1:59 remaining.
Jolin cashed in on her look from three-point territory before Storck put in a runner to see the hosts down just one, 75-74, with 98 ticks pictured on the clock.
Candice Leatherwood fought through the cluster under the basket and got the lucky bounce for the go-ahead bucket, 76-75 and a Haines' rejection down the other end forced Providence to call for time.
Out of the huddle, Carter interrupted the play drawn up for the Friars' as she impeded on their passing lane, came up with the ball and converted a pair at the charity stripe with 10 seconds remaining. A trio of three-point heaves by Providence was left off the mark and Sacred Heart credited the win.
Storck's 29-point production tops her previous career-high established at Brown just three days ago. The junior swished just one trey as most of her production hailed from mid-range territory, 12-of-18. She also recorded three rebounds, an assist and four makes at the charity stripe in 39 minutes out on the floor.
Carter put up 16 points, handed out three assists and corralled two thefts, one of which helped keep the game's outcome in the Pioneers' favor. The senior shot 40-percent from the floor and 50-percent from behind the arc.
Katherine Haines was re-inserted into the starting lineup registering the 15th double-double of her career comprised of a dozen points and a dozen rebounds. She also went 40-percent from the floor and drilled a three from the outside. Haines also raised for three blocks and earned two steals on the defensive end.
Leatherwood, leading the club in assists for the fourth time this season, added seven more dimes to her arsenal. She shot 50-percent from the floor and converted half of her tries at the free-throw line.
- This becomes the fourth straight game in which four Pioneers finished in double-figure scoring. Storck (29), Leatherwood (14) and Carter's (16) totals this afternoon mark the fourth consecutive time, while Haines (12) has appeared in three of those matches.
- The 23 points poured in the first quarter are the second-highest by the Pioneers this season. Sacred Heart scored 27 points through the first 10 minutes of play at Brown.
- The Pioneers are perfect against the Friars in the Division I era, 3-0.
- Sacred Heart kept the eighth-ranked shooting by Providence below the team's average as the Friars only shot 31.8-percent from deep contrasting their previous 42.5-percent clip.
Women's basketball heads to Siena, Sunday, December 17 prior to a 2:00 p.m. start time.