SHU Battles Wagner At the Pitt Center Saturday

SHU Battles Wagner At the Pitt Center Saturday

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team (7-15, 3-8 NEC) looks to stop its drought and earn a win over Wagner (5-17, 3-8 NEC), Saturday, February 10 at 1:00 p.m. inside the Pitt Center.  

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Taking the "W" out of Wagner…

SHU leads the all-time series with Wagner 27-9 and is currently boasting an eight-game win streak having swept the Seahawks since the 2014-15 season. The Pioneers split outcomes with the Seahawks in 2013-14.

The Pioneers last time out…

SHU competed in a tightly contested battle with host Bryant including seven ties and three lead changes. Inside the clutch window, Bryant credited two makes at the stripe before an Erin Storck runner negated the free-throws with the shot-clock turned off and put SHU back within two. The Bulldogs released two free-throw misses giving light to SHU. However, a rebound that could have seen the Pioneers out to the races fell in the hosts' possession. Bryant went on to convert both at the stripe and a Storck layup on the ensuing sequence was left off the mark as the horn sounded. Redshirt-junior Candice Leatherwood logged a new career-high 26 points in the 60-56 loss Monday evening at the Chace Athletic Center.

The Seahawks last time out…

 Fifth-year senior forward Sierra Clark recorded her 13th double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while redshirt NEC Co-Rookie of the week, Taylah Simmons added 16 points, which complemented a defensive effort that held LIU Brooklyn to 31.9 percent shooting as the Seahawks defeated the Blackbirds 52-44 in recording their second straight win. 

Clark, who was recruited to and played for Wagner head coach Heather Jacobs at Adelphi University where she went on to earn Division II All-American honors last season, is now averaging 18.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game overall.

Earlier this season…

On January 8, 2018, 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.

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.

Haines' energy helped resurge the initial group as the forward commenced scoring in the third period. Haines and Wagner's Sierra Clark and traded baskets before Clark got to the cup once more to put the foe back up six, 31-25, 1:01 into the half.

However, SHU 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.

Take me back…

On January 9, 2017, the Pioneers moved to 6-9 and 3-1 in the NEC as they took down the Seahawks on the road, 70-56, after a big second half. Then-Pioneer Kelcey Castro set a new season-high posting a team-high 16 points. Classmate, Hannah Kimmel, ended with 12 points and one rebound shy of a double-double with nine. Katherine Haines registered her fourth-consecutive double-digit performance tallying 12 points. 

On January 21, 2017, Sacred Heart improved to 9-9 and 6-1 in the NEC after putting Wagner away in an overtime thriller in front of a Pitt Center audience. The Pioneers were led by Hannah Kimmel who ended the night with 19 points. Sacred Heart had two other Pioneers finish with double-figures as Adaysha Williams finished with 14 points and Kelcey Castro ended the night with 10.