BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, NY – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team (7-13, 3-6 NEC) faced a single-digit deficit heading into the final quarter of play. A flurry of three-pointers and five consecutive scoring possessions by host St. Francis Brooklyn (8-13, 4-5 NEC) exploited the Pioneers' cold shooting fueling the Terriers' 63-48 win Monday at the Pope Physical Education Center.
How it happened…
Both teams stayed competitive through the first 10 minutes trading baskets in the early proceedings separated by just four points favoring St. Francis Brooklyn, 11-7, prior to the second quarter's start.
Candice Leatherwood drilled a trey on second thought to knot the score at 13-up at the 6:38 mark of the second. However, the Terriers silenced the visitors for almost three minutes while tacking on 10 points of their own for their first double-digit advantage, 23-13. Another shot from downtown by Leatherwood and hard drives by Asia McCray and Jayla Davis kept the Pioneers within striking distance, 27-23, as both squads headed for the locker-rooms.
The Pioneers fought back behind just two of the Terriers on the backend of Tykera Carter free-throws midway through the third. However, a 12-5 surge for St. Francis Brooklyn put the visitors down nine before the final window of play unraveled.
St. Francis Brooklyn displayed its three-point shooting prowess hitting back-to-back long balls within the first 60 ticks of the fourth, 47-32. The Pioneers kept working cleaning up the offensive glass and picking the pockets of the hosts but failed to capitalize on the three opportunities that followed. The Terriers' took advantage of SHU's cold front opening up a 19-point lead, the largest of the evening before coasting to a 15-point final.
Davis spearheaded the Pioneers' offense tallying a career-high 12 points netting 50-percent of her looks (4-of-8). The freshman also earned the most trips to the line of any student-athlete converting four of those tries.
Carter generated 10 points and knocked down two triples. The senior also picked the Terriers' pockets twice, handed out a pair of helpers and pulled down three rebounds.
Abigail Kangudie led SHU's production on the glass grabbing eight balls off the backboard. The forward also swatted away two of the Terriers' attempts and contributed four points in her second consecutive start.
Erin Storck recorded four points but battled for seven rebounds including three on the offensive boards. Additionally, the guard dished an assist and corralled a steal.
Leatherwood chipped in nine points on 37.5-percent shooting, three rebounds, and two thefts.
Olivia Dabney recorded three blocks and two steals on the defensive end and added five points to the team's offense.
- The SHU bench accounted for almost half of the team's points (21).
- The Pioneers edged the Terriers in second-chance points, 11-5.
Women's basketball returns to the Pitt Center Saturday, January 3 to welcome intrastate rival, Central Connecticut State prior to a 1:00 p.m. start.