HACKENSACK, NJ – After leading for a large majority of the first quarter, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team (6-12, 2-5 NEC) saw its control shift as Fairleigh Dickinson (11-7, 3-4 NEC) grabbed an advantage moments into the second. The Knights worked up their largest lead prior to the intermission before putting the Pioneers away, 69-59, Saturday afternoon at Stratis Arena.
How it happened…
Katherine Haines sparked the Pioneers early momentum registering nine first-quarter points as SHU gripped a two-point lead following the first 10 minutes.
Erin Storck drilled a trey to commence the second-half of play, 18-13, but Elisa Graham would not only answer but provide the go-ahead long-ball that moved FDU in front for good 2:32 into the period, 19-18.
A heave from an open Natalie Zamora on the outside wing at 2:48 granted the Knights their largest advantage of the contest as the hosts pinned an 11-point deficit to SHU. Zamora's launch from far marked the third make from behind the arc and the fifth of the quarter, as the Pioneers struggled to contain the hosts' shot from distance. As a result, FDU finished on 47.4-percent shooting for the afternoon negating any hints of rhythm SHU displayed for the duration of the contest.
Two Pioneers finished in the double-figure scoring column with both Haines and Hagood finishing with 15 points apiece. Haines' was supported by six rebounds, two blocks, and a theft. Hagood's point total accompanied a five-rebound effort and a theft.
Olivia Dabney chipped in with a career-high eight points as the freshman spearheaded the bench production. The guard's contribution also included two triples, a rejection, and a dime.
Candice Leatherwood's floor direction accounted for six helpers which marks the 11th time this season the redshirt-junior has led SHU in the category. She also put up eight points.
SHU takes New York next week facing both LIU Brooklyn and St. Francis Brooklyn, Saturday, January 27 and Monday, January 29, respectively. Play against the Blackbirds starts at 2:00 p.m.