Women’s Basketball Readies for Florida A&M

Women’s Basketball Readies for Florida A&M

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Tallahassee, Fla. – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team (1-2), questing for their first road win, heads south for a pair of games against Florida opponents. Florida A&M (0-4) play host to the Pioneers first, Wednesday, November 22 at Al Lawson Center before Sacred Heart pays a visit to Florida State, Friday, November 24.

Quick hits…

There's a first time for everything…

Wednesday presents the first-ever meeting between Sacred Heart and Florida A&M in the Division I era.

Road-trippin'…

Sacred Heart seeks its first road victory and will have two opportunities to do so in Florida. Away from the Pitt, the Pioneers have allowed 139 points while netting 126 as both contests were competitive in waning minutes. In opponents' arenas, the Pioneers are shooting 40.9-percent and are making just 28.2-percent of their shots from distance.

The Rattlers have yet to tally a win this season seeing each of their losses occur away from their home-floor.

*cues visiting team starters*…

On paper, freshman Jayla Davis and sophomore Jenna Silletti served as proxies for Candice Leatherwood and Katherine Haines, respectively, as both were sidelined for Saturday's contest. The pair combined for six points, four rebounds and two blocks but unfortunately committed three fouls each, disrupting the 36 minutes shared between them.

If the shoe fits…

When summoned for the first time in their collegiate careers, freshmen classmates, Adrianne Hagood and Abigail Kangudie checked in and delivered what turned out to be considerable and momentum changing performances in the absence of their team's leading scorer and lead rebounder.

Hagood acclimated well in her backcourt debut dropping a team-best 20 points on 63-percent shooting (7-of-11) while netting half of her six triples attempted. She also converted three tries at the charity stripe, picked up a board on each end of the floor and mustered a steal with just one foul committed and two turnovers through 24 minutes of action. 

Kangudie showed tenacity for the Pioneers' front-court defense. She cleaned the glass 10 times, which led Sacred Heart, including four rebounds on the offensive board. She also served up a clean rejection.

Visits from the Storck…

Erin Storck has been the Pioneers' unsung hero contributing consistent and effective performances for Sacred Heart this season. The junior is one of three starters to have competed in each match this season featured in a team-leading 106 minutes (35.3 mpg). She is pouring in on average 14.0 ppg while shooting 51.4-percent from the field and leads SHU with a 3.0 assist to turnover ratio.

Against Harvard, a match showered with unfamiliar lineups, Storck's veteran experience shone through as she supplied SHU with 11 points, six rebounds, four assists, and a steal through a team-leading 32 minutes of action despite facing foul trouble early in the contest.

Meet the Murph…ey

Allyson Murphy showed glimpses of being a solid role player for the Pioneers. At SHU's last meeting, the guard competed for 19 minutes recording eight points. One of Murphy's three field goals doubled as a momentum-shifter as she converted a basket on a run-out following a Crimson miscue in the backcourt. Her transition bucket in the fourth quarter helped SHU to a single-digit deficit after succumbing to debts as large as 18 points a quarter prior. Appearing in two contests, the sophomore averages 4.0 ppg shooting 42.9-percent from the floor.

How to Rattle the Rattlers…

Florida A&M is winless on the season hitting the hardwood against Eastern Michigan, Texas Tech, Kansas State and most recently, Omaha. The Rattlers' are averaging a 17.5-point margin of defeat by each of its opponents.

The Rattlers led by the conclusion of the first and third quarters to Omaha before succumbing to a five-point loss. All but one starter, Florence Ouattara (20), Dawn King (14), Sha Burney-Robinson (14) and (Shakeyrra Morrison (11), reached double-figures in the points column. Ouattara added six assists and six boards while Morrison and Burney Robinson added nine and eight rebounds, respectively.

Ouattara is currently Florida A&M's leading scorer netting 20.3 ppg on 41.8-percent shooting while handing out three helpers a match but committing 3.5 turnovers each time out. Both Burney-Robinson and King have dropped in 10.8 points a contest which slots second on the team on 59.4-percent and 30.8 percent shooting, respectively.