FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart University women's basketball team (9-15, 5-8 NEC) shot its best clip from downtown in 13 games. This included four daggers in the fourth quarter to equip the hosts with just enough ammunition to push past Mount St. Mary's (8-16, 5-8 NEC) 56-44, Monday evening inside the Pitt Center.
How it happened…
Both teams played a tightly contested battle remaining in close grips of each other through the first 30 minutes of action. Mount St. Mary's largest advantage was captured in the opening quarter's 2:27 stamp up six while the Pioneers owned a lead as big as four at 6:32 of the third. Fortunately, SHU would triple that command in the game's crunch time.
After the match's seventh and final tie, documented at 8:40 in the final period, Erin Storck caught a two-hand pass from Tykera Carter and knocked down the turnaround baseline jumper, 40-38. Down the other end, Katrice Dickson found just enough space to launch a go-ahead triple from the corner, 43-41.
On the ensuing possession, the Mountaineers committed a foul which in turn led to a Carter three-point make executed swiftly on the inbounds play that placed the hosts ahead permanently, 43-41.
Storck and Daly Sullivan traded tosses from downtown on the next scoring sequences before Storck sank another helping Mount to a nine-point margin of error with under three minutes to play, 53-44.
With the Pioneers rejuvenated by their prolific offense, SHU smothered Mount preventing any more tallies from the visitors. But before the night was over, Candice Leatherwood drilled a dagger from the outside that not only punctuated the win but marked the most triples by SHU since the last time these two squads clashed (9).
Erin Storck's team-best 16 points, established her first double-digit performance in seven games. The Commack, NY product also collected three boards, handed out three dimes, fought for two steals without a minute's rest in the contest.
Adrianne Hagood's 13 tallies came on a near perfect performance as the freshman went 3-of-3 from the field, 2-of-2 from distance and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. She also tabbed a career-high three helpers.
Katherine Haines put up 11 points in 28 minutes, was one rebound shy of a double-double and blocked three Mountaineers' attempts.
Leatherwood dished a game-high five dimes in support of eight points.
- SHU's nine turnovers are its second lowest performance all season.
- Storck's two triples were the first three-point makes for the junior in six games.
- The Pioneers' 15 team helpers are the most in seven games.
- SHU's 38.1-percent clip from deep is the best since it went 42-percent at Siena (8-of-19).
The Pioneers have the league's top two teams on their horizon. SHU stops at Saint Francis U on Saturday, February 17 before playing Robert Morris one week from now in Western Pennsylvania.