Emmitsburg, Md. – Redshirt-junior guard Candice Leatherwood netted a career-high 24 points leading a group of three other Pioneers in double-figures. Her tally not only helped sever the Sacred Heart women's basketball team's (5-9, 1-2 NEC) four-game skid but ended a scoring drought of her own in the 82-52 victory over Mount St. Mary's (5-9, 2-1 NEC) Saturday afternoon at Knott Arena. The win is Sacred Heart's first NEC victory this season.
How it happened…
Leatherwood came out explosive immediately following an empty possession by the Mountaineers. With speed, the guard pushed the ball ahead drawing the contact on her righty take to the cup and later cashed in on her trip at the charity stripe to knot things at two apiece with under two minutes played in the contest. This eliminated the first and only Mount St. Mary's lead as Sacred Heart continued to punish the hosts on both sides of the ball.
On the following sequence, Adrianne Hagood came over help side forcing the trap with Katherine Haines subsequently leading to a Mountaineers turnover. In rhythm, Haines created her own shot finishing right at the basket at 7:43. An active Hagood grabbed the ball off the backboard on a Katrice Dickson miss as she threw the ball up ahead before Leatherwood made way for another Haines bucket.
The Pioneers continued to prevent The Mount from scoring for the next 1:41. Tykera Carter corralled a theft prior to her make from downtown on the help from Leatherwood before Leatherwood pulled up for the free-throw jay, promoting the score to 9-2 with 5:54 left in the onset.
After directing the play for a Haines three-ball, Leatherwood got out to the races once more, laying the rock in for the first Sacred Heart double-digit lead, 20-10, at 1:43. Juliette Lawless credited a layup just seconds after on behalf of The Mount to bring the game back within single-digits. However, Haines' patience waiting for a cutting Erin Storck granted the Pioneers a double-digit lead Mount St. Mary's failed to combat the rest of the contest.
Leatherwood's career-high 24 points came on 63.6-percent shooting (7-of-11) including two makes from three-point territory (2-of-3). Her seven made field goals marked the first in conference play. A third of her points were earned at the line on a perfect 100-percent shooting (8-of-8) and she was just one shy of tying her personal-best in dimes (7). She also committed just one turnover in 27 minutes out on the floor but pulled down six boards.
Carter rewrote her personal-best in steals snatching five thefts on the afternoon. The senior registered 18 points (7-of 16), which was second best at Knott Arena, won five balls off the backboard and handed out an assist.
Haines earned her sixth double-double this season comprised of 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Her four offensive boards tied for a game-best. The forward also rejected a Mountaineers' shot and picked up a steal in her 28-minute performance.
Hagood, who recorded her fourth start of her collegiate career, ended with 15 points, in large part to her prolific three-point shooting. While knocking down three treys, the freshman also added two makes at the stripe, two others from the floor, came down with six rebounds, served up a block and an assist in her performance.
Storck and Jayla Davis contributed seven and two respective points to round out the Pioneers' scoring.
Lawless led the Mountaineers with 17 points on 58.3-percent shooting (7-of-12). Caroline Hummell gave 14 points and a pair of blocks in her showing. Rebecca Lee led the hosts in rebounds with eight off the bench.
- Sacred Heart's 30-point margin of victory comes as the largest since the Pioneers beat Fairleigh Dickinson on February 12, 2013, 80-48.
- Leatherwood shot perfectly (6-of-6) through the game's first 25 minutes.
- Carter's five steals marks the first time a Pioneer achieved this feat since Hannah Kimmel collected five against Bryant on February 4, 2017.
- Leatherwood's flawless performance at the stripe (8-of-8) is the first perfect showing since Hagood went 6-of-6 versus New Hampshire on December 20, 2017.
- The Pioneers have now won eight of their last nine against The Mount, 30-6 all-time.
Wagner gets a chance at Sacred Heart on its home-floor, Monday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m.