LOUDONVILLE, NY – After leading through the first 21 minutes of play, the Sacred Heart (4-6) women's basketball team surrendered their control in the third quarter but quickly regained their advantage and held on to it for the early moments of the fourth. In the final window, Siena (5-5) embraced an 8-3 run to put them back in front and went up by as many as seven before settling on a 62-57 final for its win at the Alumni Recreation Center Sunday afternoon.
How it happened…
The Pioneers took command of the game first, carting a favorable 32-30 lead with them into the locker-room. Following the break, the Saints looked revitalized, scoring four quick points two of which resulted from Emmanuella Edoka's turnaround hook shot that put the hosts in front for the first time all afternoon, 34-32, 1:08 into the third.
Candice Leatherwood swiftly silenced Siena on the ensuing possession as she stopped for a jumper right outside of the paint. Aaliyah Jones tried to mimic the Pioneers' previous sequence but instead, Leatherwood came down with the rebound and pushed an outlet pass to Tykera Carter who swished the first of the Pioneers' three consecutive triples in less than a two-minute span. Leatherwood created her own shot from distance, as did Carter, capping a nine-point lead for SHU with 6:19 remaining in the third. Though Siena trimmed their gap before the buzzer sounded, Sacred Heart still led by five before the fourth quarter commenced, 50-45.
Inside the final window, Siena used an 8-3 spurt to put the game back in its favor by the 6:27 mark, 53-51. Sabrina Piper's shot from downtown stamped a Siena lead the team cradled for the contests' remainder.
Leatherwood provided a spark to the Pioneers when she accepted the contact, converted a mid-range attempt and made her free-throw for just a three-point deficit with a little over a minute remaining. Unfortunately, Siena capitalized on two misses by the Pioneers on its side of the floor working up a lead as large as seven, 61-54 with the shot-clock turned off.
A Carter triple iced the visitors' offense at the ARC prior to Anna Lundquist's make at the stripe settling the 62-57 final.
Katherine Haines secured her 15th career double-double through the first half registering 11 points and 12 boards prior to the intermission. She would go on to finish with a career-high 21 rebounds which tie her for fourth-most and eighth all-time in single-game performances in the Pioneers' record book. Her showing was five boards shy of a production not yet done at Sacred Heart. Haines pulled down five on the Pioneers' glass, recorded 13 points and two blocks in 31 minutes out on the floor.
Carter continues to up her offense notching 18 more points in Loudonville. The guard went 66.7-percent from far, 63.6-percent inside the arc and added a pair of boards and assists.
Leatherwood led the club in dimes for the third consecutive time and fourth time in five games dishing out a game-high six assists. She also added 13 to the points column and corralled two boards.
Olivia Dabney secured the second-most rebounds by a Pioneer with seven while putting up two points. Adrianne Hagood finished with four points while Jenna Silletti added two to round out SHU's offense.
Edoka finished with 19 points and 17 boards for Siena. Jones supplied 13 points while Maddie Sims got 10 of the team's 48 boards. Jones also contributed a team-high five helpers.
- Sacred Heart contained the Saints to one of its lowest first-quarter offensive outpours as the hosts only scored 14 in the onset. The Saints faced offensive woes against Florida Gulf Coast (12), Rutgers (7) and UAlbany (10).
- This becomes SHU's lowest points finish (57) since putting up only 52 against then national powerhouse Florida State (52) on November 24.
- The Pioneers' streak of boasting four players in double-figures ended at four.
- Haines becomes the first player to post 20-plus rebounds in a contest since Hannah Kimmel earned 23 against Saint Francis U on January 17, 2015.
- Carter, Leatherwood and Haines becomes the first trio to notch double figures since Leatherwood (23), Haines (16) and Erin Storck (17) did against Manhattan earlier this season.
- Siena edged Sacred Heart on the offensive glass, 17-6 as the club also owned the Pioneers in second-chance points, 15-2.
Women's basketball closes out the non-conference portion of their schedule Wednesday, December 20 when they host New Hampshire for a noon welcome.