STATEN ISLAND, NY – Redshirt-junior forward Katherine Haines credited three of her career-high 26 points in an 8-0 run in the early proceedings of the third quarter. Such spurt turned the tide for the Sacred Heart women's basketball team (6-9, 2-2 NEC) as the Pioneers rallied for a come-from-behind 72-55 victory over host Wagner (3-12, 1-3 NEC), Monday evening at the Spiro Sports Center.
How it happened…
A seemingly abstracted Pioneers' group headed to the locker-room as three starters-Tykera Carter, Erin Storck and Candice Leatherwood-carted two personals apiece with the squad trailing 27-23 at the intermission. Despite capitalizing on Wagner's lack of care with the ball, earning 14 points off of the club's 15 turnovers, the only Pioneer who looked to be in rhythm was Haines as the big was the only player to net more than one field goal through the first 20 minutes (5-of-9).
Haines' energy helped resurge the initial group as the team came out of the break showing signs of its offensive prowess, running sets in the half-court and letting the offense come to them.
Wagner's Sierra Clark and Haines traded baskets to roll out the third period before Clark got to the cup once more to put the foe back up six, 31-25, 1:01 into the half.
However, Sacred Heart put the clamps on the Seahawks keeping its opponent's scoring at a standstill for a little over three minutes. In the span, Leatherwood (4), Haines (3) and Carter (1) emitted points orchestrating an 8-0 run for the Pioneers that turned the tide for the final time putting the game's favorable outcome in their possession for good.
Relentless, the Pioneers continued to attack working up a lead as large as 19 manifested at the 7:15 mark of the fourth quarter before a 17-point margin of victory told the tale.
Haines' personal-best 26 points rewrote her old tally established at Hofstra (23) earlier this season as she shot 64.7-percent from the field. Her 11 makes from the floor ties her career-high also tabbed against the Pride. The forward fought for 11 balls off the backboard to lead all on the hardwood contributing to her 18th career double-double. Haines also performed perfectly at the stripe (4-of-4) and served up three rejections. She rounded out her 34-minute showing with an assist and one theft.
Adrianne Hagood's 16 points bested any Seahawk as the freshman knocked down four of her nine looks. She was a near seamless at the free-throw line seeing seven of her eight attempts coast through the net. The guard also registered a pair of dimes and two rebounds.
Leatherwood followed up her career-day Saturday with a 10-point performance. She made all but one free-throw (6-of-7), collected two assists, forced a pair of Wagner turnovers and battled for two thefts.
Carter put up nine points and tied for a team-high three helpers. The guard also grabbed three rebounds with more than half coming off the offensive glass. She followed her career-high five steals recorded at Mount with four today.
Storck was the other Pioneer with three dimes and the lone Sacred Heart starting representative without a turnover. Storck had six points and five boards and matched Haines' game-high three blocks.
Wagner's Clark and Taylah Simmons tossed in 15 and 14 respective points. Simmons' production accounted for a double-double as she corralled 10 boards. Morgan Lenahan has seven rebounds complimented by five points. Clark's game-high was dampened by a game-high seven turnovers.
Off of turnovers, Sacred Heart proved dominant owning the Seahawks by a 28-9-point margin.
- Sacred Heart has now beaten Wagner on 27 of the 36 total meetings. The Pioneers are boasting an eight-game win streak having topped the Seahawks since the 2014-15 season.
- The Pioneers exploited Wagner and forced the Seahawks to commit 26 turnovers which are more than they averaged on the season (24.8).
- Sacred Heart's two-game win streak is the first for the Pioneers this season.
- Haines becomes the first student-athlete to sink more than 25 points since Storck registered 29 in the Providence victory in December.
- Haines (26), Hagood (16) and Leatherwood (10) finished in double-digit scoring which is the first time a trio has done so since Carter (18), Leatherwood (13) and Haines (13) did so against Siena on December 17.
Sacred Heart faces intrastate rival, Central Connecticut State, Saturday, January 13 at the Blue Devils' house. The action starts at 1:00 p.m.