DURHAM, N.H. – A strong shooting performance lifted the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a 71-60 victory over New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon. Three Pioneers scored in double figures, led by grad student Katherine Haines who had a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds on 10-of-16 shooting and a career-high three three-pointers. Allyson Murphy scored a career-high 12 points and collected a career-best three steals, while tying her career-high with four rebounds. Grad student Erin Storck scored in double figures for the third straight game with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. Haines also contributed two blocks, two assists and one steal.
SHU finished 11-for-18 (61.1 percent) from three-point range and 42.9 percent from the field (27-for-63). The win moves SHU to 2-1 on the season and ends their three-game losing streak to UNH, who falls to 0-4.
- Both teams opened up the game hot from the floor, with UNH connecting on 10-of-17 field goals in the opening frame with SHU going 9-of-15 overall and 3-of-5 from three-point range.
- SHU jumped out to an 11-6 lead with the help of threes from Candice Leatherwood and Storck.
- UNH used a three to tie it at 13 coming out of the under-five media timeout, and the lead changed hands five times the rest of the quarter with the Wildcats never holding a lead of larger than two points.
- SHU retook the lead twice on buckets by Haines and Olivia Dabney connected from beyond the arc to make it 22-21 SHU with 1:24 remaining, but UNH would add two free throws in the closing seconds to hold a 23-22 lead after one.
- UNH built a 25-22 lead before SHU drew even at 27-27, then took a 30-27 lead when Haines drilled back-to-back threes.
- After UNH re-tied it at 30, SHU rattled off seven straight points. Asia McCray's back-to-back baskets followed by an Andrianne Hagood three from the left wing forced a Wildcat's timeout with 2:26 on the clock.
- UNH added a hoop underneath in the final minute to bring it to 37-32 at the half.
SHU shot 15-for-31 in the opening 20 minutes and was 6-for-11 from three-point range. After a good start, UNH was held to just 3-of-13 shooting in the second quarter. Haines scored 14 points in the first half on 6-of-8 shooting and 2-of-3 from long range.
- Hagood opened the half with a three to get the SHU lead to eight, but UNH responded with an 11-2 run to briefly regain the edge at 43-42.
- Haines quelled the run with two straight layups on the next two possessions to give SHU the lead back for good.
- SHU burst for a 7-0 run over a 2:30 span with two baskets from Abigail Kangudie and a three by Murphy to grow the lead back to eight, 53-45, with 1:42 remaining.
- UNH snapped their skid with a jumper to make it 53-47 entering the fourth.
- Five straight points by Murphy grew the lead to nine for the first time at 60-51 with 6:52 to play.
- Haines tacked on a three at 4:50 to make it 66-54, Storck used a pair of free throws to make it 68-56 with 2:09 to play and a layup by Murphy with 20 seconds to play in gave SHU its largest lead of the game at 71-58.
Sacred Heart will take to the court once more before Thanksgiving on Wednesday with a 12 p.m. matchup at Providence.