Murphy Nets Career-High Again; Pioneers Unable to Break Through at RMU

Murphy Nets Career-High Again; Pioneers Unable to Break Through at RMU

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Sacred Heart University women's basketball team emitted 19 unanswered points after succumbing to a first-quarter cold-front lasting almost eight minutes to makes things interesting prior to the fourth-quarter. However, top-seeded Robert Morris (19-6, 12-2 NEC) managed to pin a double-digit deficit back to SHU (10-16, 6-9 NEC) in the final window upon settling a 60-49 final, Monday evening at the North Athletic Complex.

How it happened…

A 19-0 Pioneers' avalanche froze RMU's scoring in late moments of the second quarter and into the early proceedings of the third, a period of 6:54. Such spurt helped answer SHU's largest debt of the game, trailing 22 at the 2:57 mark of the second and negate a 7:25 long cold-stretch displayed in the first.

A perfect trip to the line for Adrianne Hagood capped the Pioneers' outpour, 37-34 at 4:59 of the third, tabbing the closest SHU would come in getting over the hump. The hosts managed to swell its advantage to eight again before the final quarter commenced.

SHU did climb back within five after Tykera Carter clogged the passing lanes and came up with a steal and finished in the open court for the 50-45 line with 7:15 left to play. Unfortunately, the visitors were unable to break through any more, getting back down double-digits almost four minutes later and again evidenced in the final.

The numbers…

Allyson Murphy registered a career-high 11 points topping her personal-best nabbed two days ago (9). The reserve shot 50-percent from both the field and downtown. She also caught three rebounds and recorded a theft.

Erin Storck spearheaded SHU's offensive output pouring in 12 points on 38.5-percent shooting. The junior drilled a pair of triples, tied a team-high five boards, handed out two dimes and fought for two steals in her time out on the floor.

Candice Leatherwood was the only other Pioneers in double-figures netting 11 on 30-percent shooting. The Detroit, Michigan product went a perfect 5-of-5 at the stripe while also picking up four steals and one assist.

Abigail Kangudie gathered a team-leading five rebounds, two steals, and one dime.

Noteworthy…

  • SHU's longest win streak of the season stops at three (Wagner, Mount St. Mary's, Saint Francis U).
  • The Pioneers converted 24 points off of RMU's 22 turnovers while RMU benefitted 14 from SHU's 13 miscues. 

Up next…

SHU welcomes St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday, February 24. Action at the Pitt begins at 1:00 p.m.