Women’s Basketball Pays LIU Brooklyn a Visit Saturday

Women’s Basketball Pays LIU Brooklyn a Visit Saturday

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BROOKLYN, NY – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team (6-12, 2-5 NEC) plays its final weekend game of the month, Saturday, January 27 taking on LIU Brooklyn (8-10, 4-3 NEC) at 2:00 p.m. at the Steinberg Wellness Center.

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SHU leads the all-time series with LIU Brooklyn 20-16, and is currently riding a five-game win streak after sweeping the Blackbirds for the past two seasons. The matchup sits at 6-4, in the past four seasons. The last time LIU Brooklyn earned a victory over the Pioneers was January 12, 2015 by a 77-74 final favoring the Blackbirds.

Last season…

On January 28, 2017, Sacred Heart extended their win streak to six in a row after taking down LIU Brooklyn 66-48. The Pioneers were led by Hannah Kimmel and Katherine Haines, who each recorded a double-double on the night. Kimmel finished the night with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Haines ended the contest with 16 points and 11 boards. 

On February 18, 2017, the Pioneers picked up their third straight win after defeating the Blackbirds following a late fourth-quarter comeback. SHU was led by Hannah Kimmel's 15 points in the contest. Two other Pioneers finished in double digits, as Adaysha Williams tallied 10 points and Kelcey Castro registered 12.

The Pioneers started cold, shooting just 27-percent from the floor in the opening half of play, but finished strong knocking down 36-percent of their makes in the second and third quarters to help pull off the comeback. Williams was just short of perfection at the free throw line as she went 8-of-9 at the charity stripe

Pioneers last time out…

After leading for a large majority of the first quarter, Sacred Heart saw its control shift as Fairleigh Dickinson 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. 

The three-pointer punished SHU as the Knights' long-ball not only tied the game for the final time but moved them in front for good.

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 three-pointer that put FDU ahead 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.

Blackbirds last time out…

Graduate transfer Denisha Petty-Evans posted another career night, senior DeAngelique Waithe scored a pair of clutch baskets late, and the LIU Brooklyn women's basketball team erased a fourth-quarter deficit to earn a 61-54 victory over Central Connecticut State Monday evening at Detrick Gymnasium.

Petty-Evans led LIU with a new career-high of 29 points, besting the mark of 27 she set against Bryant. The New Jersey product tabbed a new personal best 11 makes on 21 tries and connected on half of her three-pointers (5-for-10) and both her free throws. Her performance also marked the first time in her career that she has surpassed the 20-point plateau in back-to-back games and the first time a Blackbird has done so since February 20-27, 2017.