Backcourt Pair Gives 39-Point Effort; Defending Champs Prove Too Much for SHU

Backcourt Pair Gives 39-Point Effort; Defending Champs Prove Too Much for SHU

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Despite the 39-point guard play from Adrianne Hagood and Tykera Carter and the squad's aggression at getting to the line, two-time defending Northeast Conference Champion Robert Morris (9-4, 2-0 NEC) overpowered the Sacred Heart women's basketball team (4-9, 0-2 NEC) 91-57, Sunday afternoon at the Pitt Center.

How it happened…

Katherine Haines won the tip granting Sacred Heart the game's first possession. The forward kept the opening sequence alive grabbing the board off a Hagood miss ultimately setting Candice Leatherwood in position to attract the RMU contact on her shot. The guard split her showing at the line to give the Pioneers their first and only lead all afternoon, 1-0, 28 ticks in.

From there, the Colonials rattled off eight unanswered points before Hagood drilled a triple from the left corner in an attempt to halt RMU's streaking offense at 7:09.

Honoka Ikematsu and Tykera Carter traded takes to the cup on the following two plays before RMU made back-to-back baskets. With force, Carter drew contact to get the line where she would cash in on both but Nina Augustin credited the game's next four points to put the visitors up by double-digits, 19-8 (3:05). 

The Pioneers would close out the quarter down just eight, but another Ikematsu trey three seconds into the second period pinned another double-digit deficit the hosts were unable to negate for the duration of the contest.

The numbers…

Hagood's second-consecutive team-leading offensive output matched her personal-best, first netted at Harvard (20). The freshman tied for the most makes for the hosts with five on 38.5-percent shooting. She was even better from far knocking down 50-percent of those tries while earning seven points at the line and grabbing five rebounds without a single turnover in a 37-minute performance.

Carter's 19 points were one tally shy of her collegiate best as she too converted five attempts from the field on a 33.3-percent clip. The guard splashed two from deep, swished seven times at the stripe, handed out three dimes and fought for two thefts in the backcourt.

Haines collected five balls off the backboard, two of which were off the Pioneers' glass. The forward also worked for two steals and one assist while contributing four points.

Erin Storck totaled seven points at the Pitt while pulling down three boards. She was the lone Pioneer to hit 100-percent of her free-throws (4-of-4).

Olivia Dabney registered three points earning the most action of any reserve, playing 20 minutes.

Ikematsu contributed a game-high 25 points in large part to her seven triples on the foe's behalf. Mikalah Mulrain added 16 points and eight boards while her frontcourt mate, Jocelynne Jones netted 14 and corralled five rebounds. Nneka Ezeigbo added 10 points off the bench.

RMU owned Sacred Heart down low crediting the favorable side of a 40-14 margin in points in the paint. The visitors' bench also generated 20 points to SHU's four-point production from its reserves.

Noteworthy…

  • Leatherwood's trip to the line to commence scoring accounted for two of the Pioneers' 35 attempts as the team shot 65.7-percent from the stripe. The 35 tries are the most from SHU this season.
  • Sacred Heart grabbed more offensive rebounds than Robert Morris, 10-7, marking the second straight time the Pioneers have done so this year.

Next up…

Women's hoops embark on a three-game road trip to open the calendar year beginning with a visit to Mount St. Mary's Saturday, January 6 at 1:00 p.m.