Win Streak Snapped as Women's Basketball Falls at Saint Francis U, 85-68

Win Streak Snapped as Women's Basketball Falls at Saint Francis U, 85-68

LORETTO, Pa. – Falling victim to a hot-shooting St. Francis U squad, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team dropped an 85-68 decision on the road to the Red Flash on Saturday afternoon from DeGol Arena. The Pioneers see their six-game win streak come to an end as SHU drops to 10-8 overall and 6-1 in the NEC while SFU snaps a three-game losing streak to move to 7-12 overall and 4-3 in conference.

Katherine Haines pumped in a game-high 24 points on 10-of-20 shooting to go along with seven rebounds as she eclipsed the 20-point mark for the fourth time in five games. Olivia Dabney finished one point off her career-high with 12 points while Erin Storck went for 14 points and a career-high seven assists in the loss.

SCORE
Sacred Heart 68 / St. Francis U 85

RECORDS
Sacred Heart (10-8, 6-1 NEC) / St. Francis U (7-12, 4-3 NEC)

LOCATION
DeGol Arena / Loretto, PA

SHU STAT LEADERS

  • Points: Haines 24, Storck 14, Dabney 12
  • Rebounds: Haines 7, Murphy 4, Dabney 3
  • Assists: Storck 7, Dabney 4
  • Steals: Storck and Leatherwood each w/ 2
  • Blocks: Haines 1

First Quarter (SFU 24-20)

  • Both teams shot lights out, combining for 44 points in the opening 10 minutes
  • The two sides traded blows in the early going with neither side holding more than a four-point advantage in the period
  • Dabney provided a spark coming off the bench just 2:22 into the game, assisting on a Storck basket before knocking down a pair of three-pointers from the wing, the second of which gave the Pioneers their largest lead of the game at 16-13
  • Despite the surge, the Red Flash responded right away as the Pioneers held the lead for less than a minute as SFU finished the quarter on a 11-4 run
  • The 24 points for the Red Flash is the most the Pioneers have allowed in a quarter through seven NEC games

Second Quarter (SFU 43-38)

  • The SFU lead remained at a modest eight points a couple minutes into the quarter before an 8-0 Pioneer run over the span of 1:52 tied the score at 32-32
  • Haines and Adrianne Hagood's makes from behind the arc were sandwiched by a Dabney runner in the lane during the 8-0 run to even the score
  • The positive run was short-lived again, however, as the Red Flash scored eight of the next nine points to jet ahead 40-33
  • Right when it seemed the Pioneers reclaimed momentum heading into halftime, SFU's Sam Sabino nailed a three from the wing that stretched the Red Flash' advantage to 43-38 at halftime
  • Haines (seven) and Hagood (six) combined for 13 of the Pioneers' 18 points in the frame but Sabino was big for the Red Flash as she scored 10 in the second

Third Quarter (SFU 66-58)

  • The third quarter was another high-scoring frame as the two sides combined for 43 points but SFU received a big lift from Courtney Zezza who was a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range in the quarter
  • SHU made another run at the lead as the Pioneers scored on four straight possessions starting with a triple from Storck and capped by a Storck steal and score that cut the SFU lead back down to 49-47
  • With the deficit still at two and the game still very much up in the air with 1:37 left in the quarter, Zezza had the game-deciding sequence as she buried all three of her three-point makes in the quarter in the Red Flash's final three possessions that swelled the lead back up to 66-58

Fourth Quarter (SFU 85-68)

  • Three straight trips down the floor resulting in points for the Pioneers kept the game within reach as the Haines scored again the low post to make it 70-64 with 8:03 remaining
  • The deficit remained in single digits for the next four minutes but rebounding continued to haunt SHU as the Red Flash grabbed five offensive rebounds in the quarter (15 for the game) and iced the game away holding the Pioneers to 0-for-7 shooting from three in the final quarter 

NOTES

  • Haines dropped 24 points in 34 minutes to lead all scorers and has reached the 20-point mark for the fifth time in seven NEC games this season
  • This is the eighth time in 18 games that Haines has led the team in scoring
  • In NEC-only games, Haines ranks second in the conference averaging 21.0 PPG on 50.9 percent shooting with 9.7 RPG and 3.0 BPG
  • The Pioneers faced a halftime deficit for the first time in NEC play this season
  • They came in having led at the half in each of their first six conference games (outscored opposition 162-128 in those contests)
  • Dabney went 2-for-4 from behind the arc as she is averaging 1.4 three-point makes per game in conference games while shooting a blistering 50 percent from behind the arc in NEC-only contests (10-for-20 3FG)
  • Storck finished in double figures for the third time in seven NEC games
  • Storck posted four of her career-high seven assists in the first quarter alone
  • Zezza keyed the victory for the Red Flash, finishing with 17 points (5-9 3FG) and seven rebounds in the win
  • Star senior guard and the NEC's leading scorer Jess Kovatch went for 23 points in the win on 7-for-11 shooting

UPCOMING GAME

With Robert Morris defeating Wagner at home this afternoon, Monday night's contest between the Pioneers and Colonials is a battle for first place. The Colonials enter play as the lone remaining unbeaten team in the NEC at 7-0 but with a win, Sacred Heart would move to 7-1 in league play and would own first place in the league standings.