LORETTO, Pa. – The no. 4 Sacred Heart University women's basketball team (14-17) was overpowered by top-seeded Saint Francis U (23-9), 78-47, in the Northeast Conference's semifinal Thursday evening at DeGol Arena.
How it happened…
The Red Flash led from wire-to-wire working up their largest lead of 38 evidenced at the fourth quarter's 7:30 mark. The hosts contained SHU to a pair of single-digit quarter performances winning quarters one, two and four, which overshadowed the Pioneers' third-quarter effort where they outscored the foe 17-15.
Senior guard Tykera Carter led the Pioneers for once last time pouring in 16 points on 36.8-percent shooting. She ends her career with 651 points in a Pioneer uniform. She also contributed seven boards in a team-leading 37-minute performance. Carter also dished a pair of dimes and picked up a theft before the contest concluded.
Olivia Dabney also pulled down seven boards and added three points, a block, and an assist.
Adrianne Hagood put up 11 points knocking down 40-percent of her looks. She registered three makes from distance on 60-percent shooting and collected a rebound.
Abigail Kangudie spearheaded the Pioneers' defensive effort grabbing nine rebounds while also lending five points.
Jessica Mannetti Opening Statement
"This was a tough one. Someone asked what it felt like to get hit with a buzzsaw, and that's a good way to describe it. I have to give a lot of credit to Joe Haigh and his staff and team. The last time we were here, we played such a great game and they came out with such fire, determination and redemption, I give them a lot of credit and wish them the best of luck in the championship game. I am proud of our effort, especially in the second half and felt that we fought back after we got over the shock of the start of the game. "
Q: Was it the defensive intensity, was it the speed, what got to you early?
A: Mannetti: They created a lot of live ball turnovers, something that we preach strongly against. We had 20 turnovers tonight, well above our season average and they scored 28 points off of them. So they come at you with intensity and we played into their chaos a little bit and they made us pay for those turnovers.
A: Tykera Carter: I think it was at times a lack of discipline on our offensive end. Our offense requires a lot of discipline and we went away from that and went away from our principles. When that happens, we look flustered and we look like a team that we haven't been in over a month. We were a completely different team coming into the game and we got away from that.
Senior guard Tykera Carter was selected to the Northeast Conference All-Tournament Team following Sunday's championship game featuring no. 1 Saint Francis U and no. 2 Robert Morris.