FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Redshirt-junior guard Candice Leatherwood registered career numbers in three categories but the Sacred Heart women's basketball team's (7-14, 3-7 NEC) struggle to guard the perimeter was chiefly apparent. Central Connecticut State's (3-18, 3-7 NEC) three-point shooting dexterity iced a nail-biter as it generated 12 treys-one in the game's waning time for the 73-71 victory, Saturday afternoon inside the Pitt Center.
How it happened…
After facing its first double-digit deficit more than halfway into the second quarter, CCSU charged the largest debt to SHU, up 12 at the 7:27 stamp of the third quarter. The Pioneers did manage to rid half of it by the fourth quarter's start.
The Pioneers credited an 7-0 run which silenced the Blue Devils for about three minutes before the playing field was leveled, 60-up, at the 5:20 mark.
Two more ties lied ahead including one at 3:23 which saw the hosts go up quickly after and the tenth and final deadlocked score prior to the visitors moving in front for good with 56 seconds remaining.
CCSU's Tiffany Slicklein drilled a gut-wrenching go-ahead three from the right corner at the slight dysfunction of the Pioneers defense to reward the Blue Devils their 12th trey of the game. Not only that but a three-point lead with just nine ticks pictured on the clock.
Head Coach Jessica Mannetti gestured for time and drew up a play for the Pioneers to extend the game. Adrianne Hagood exhibited clutch execution driving quickly and finishing with four seconds left, 72-71.
On the ensuing play, SHU was too aggressive on the trap, sending Kiana Patterson to the line where the CCSU representative split her two tries giving enough light for the Pioneers to still combat, 73-71. Following another team huddle, Hagood settled for a tough jumper in traffic but it was left off the mark with time expiring.
Leatherwood registered her second 19-plus point game in eight matches tallying 20 this afternoon. She drained six shots on 50-percent shooting and was an 87.5-percent free-throw shooter earning the most trips to the line of any other SHU player (8). The guard also matched her career-high eight assists, recorded a personal-best five steals and mirrored a career-high eight rebounds.
Katherine Haines notched her eighth double-double this season made up of 10 rebounds and 12 boards. The forward also rejected a pair of Blue Devils' attempts.
Hagood totaled 16 points on 58.3-percent shooting and committed just one turnover in 25 minutes out on the floor.
- SHU was edged in total rebounds, 46-41, but ended with more offensive boards than the foe, 15-10.
- The Pioneers picked up nine thefts as a team while CCSU failed to come up with a steal.
- Central Connecticut State drilled 12 threes to SHU's six.
- The hosts benefitted 17 second-chance points to CCSU's 3.
The Pioneers travel to Bryant Monday, February 5 prior to a 7:00 p.m. tip.