CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – First-year Adrianne Hagood showed promise in her career debut netting a game-high 20 points as Harvard (2-2) proved too much for the short-handed Sacred Heart women's basketball team (1-2). The Crimson would run with a 70-62 win on their home-floor Saturday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion.
The Pioneers' leading scorer, Candice Leatherwood, and lead rebounder, Katherine Haines, were sidelined in Cambridge but classmates Hagood and Abigail Kangudie helped fill the void of the missing upperclassmen off the bench.
An eager Hagood dropped in 20 points on 63-percent shooting while netting three triples and a relentless Kangudie cleaned up the glass 10 times which included four rebounds on the offensive board.
How it happened...
After succumbing to its largest deficit all game, down 18 points midway through the third quarter, the Pioneers managed to claw their way back almost three minutes into the final window of play.
The Crimson's Madeline Raster missed her close-range opportunity influenced by Kangudie who served up the clean block. Down on the other end, Hagood thought about it before attempting the long-make by the right wing. That basket brought SHU back within single-digits for the first time since the 8:56 mark of the third.
Disheveled by an energetic Pioneers' bench, Raster committed another mistake in the backcourt allowing Allyson Murphy the run-out and finish for just a seven-point void, forcing the Crimson to talk things over with 6:26 remaining.
Sacred Heart continued to flirt with the high single-digit deficits and despite its clear signs of rhythm, could not get over the hump. A Kangudie free-throw settled scoring at Lavietes and Harvard would credit the eight-point win.
Murphy's revival of the Pioneers' offense included eight points and a pair of steals.
Erin Storck's veteran experience supplied SHU with 11 points, six rebounds, four assists, and a steal through a team-leading 32 minutes of action as she struggled with foul trouble early in the contest.
Three other freshmen saw action in today's match as Jayla Davis also picked up the start. With the first five out, Davis registered four points, hit a pair of free throws, tallied a board and a rejection. Asia McCray, checking in for the first time, netted two points, pulled down four boards and handed out an assist. Olivia Dabney picked up a theft and a rebound in seven minutes out on the floor.
Cleo Polyzou (5) netted her first points of the season, first on a lefty layup soft off the glass and the second, a trey drilled from outside the right wing.
The Crimson's Katie Benzan's prolific scoring from three-point territory troubled the Pioneers early crediting 13 first-half points, 16 total. Sacred Heart struggled from distance through the first two quarters only splashing three of their 13 attempts. Both teams mirrored seven treys by the final buzzer.
Jeannie Boehm (16) and Raster (11) added double-figures to Harvard's offense. Boehm contributed 11 rebounds for her double-double.
Sacred Heart continues its road trip facing two Florida opponents over the course of next week. Wednesday, November 22, the Pioneers try for a win over Florida A&M and see Florida State on Friday.