Women’s Basketball Invites St. Francis Brooklyn to the Pitt Saturday

Women’s Basketball Invites St. Francis Brooklyn to the Pitt Saturday

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart University women's basketball (10-16, 6-9) team hosts St. Francis Brooklyn (11-14, 7-7 NEC) Saturday, February 24 at the Pitt Center at 1:00 p.m.

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SHU leads the all-time series 27-14 and has won five of its last six against the Terriers. Dating back to the 2013-14 season, Sacred Heart has topped the foe nine times in the last 14 clashes.

Earlier this season…

On January 29, SHU faced a single-digit deficit heading into the final quarter of play. A flurry of three-pointers and five consecutive scoring possessions by host St. Francis Brooklyn exploited the Pioneers' cold shooting fueling the Terriers' 63-48 win at the Pope Physical Education Center.

Jayla Davis spearheaded the Pioneers' offense tallying a career-high 12 points netting 50-percent of her looks (4-of-8). The freshman also earned the most trips to the line of any student-athlete converting four of those tries.

Pioneers' last time out…

SHU 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 managed to pin a double-digit deficit back to SHU in the final window upon settling a 60-49 final, Monday evening at the North Athletic Complex.

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 open 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.

Terriers last time out…

The St. Francis Terriers won their fifth Battle of Brooklyn in six years, and their 10th game against LIU Brooklyn since 2012-13, after defeating the Blackbirds, 64-54, in Saturday's ESPN aired rivalry game.

Jade Johnson, who finished with a game-high 23 points, earned Most Valuable Player honors for the 25th Annual Battle of Brooklyn.

The Terriers came out firing with seven unanswered points, and even led 16-7 in the latter minutes of the first before entering the second with a 16-12.

The Blackbirds put together a 9-2 run at one point, and later cut the Terrier lead to as many as one point (20-19), but St. Francis Brooklyn managed to bring a 33-21 advantage into halftime, their largest lead of the first half.

The Terriers quickly opened up the game, leaping out to a 16-point lead on two occasions, and later carrying a distinct 52-31 advantage into the fourth period. The Blackbirds would not go away, quickly scored nine unanswered points, forcing a Terrier timeout with 7:01 remaining in the period as St. Francis' led shrunk to 52-40.

The Blackbirds furthered their offense with an additional three points, bringing the lead back down to single digits before the Terriers re-extended the margin with under four minutes to go, 54-43. 

Though the Blackbirds would not go away, the Terriers were able to hold off the resilient LIU Brooklyn group for the 10-point victory.