Women’s Basketball Suffers 56-53 Overtime Loss to St. Francis Brooklyn

Women’s Basketball Suffers 56-53 Overtime Loss to St. Francis Brooklyn

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – An extra session was needed in what turned out to be a thrilling Saturday afternoon NEC contest but the Sacred Heart women's basketball team couldn't get the basket to fall when they needed it most and fell to the visiting St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers, 56-53, from the Pitt Center. The Pioneers drop their third straight and first NEC contest at home this season, falling to 10-10 overall (6-3 NEC) while the Terriers pick up a crucial win to move to 12-9 overall (6-3 NEC).

Candice Leatherwood led all scorers with 21 points as she finished with her fifth 20-plus point game of the season and third through nine NEC games. After being honored pregame for her triple-double and 1,000th career point, Katherine Haines finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for her eighth double-double of the season and 26th of her career.

Amy O'Neill made news for the visitors, finishing with the first triple-double in Saint Francis Brooklyn's program history. The senior point guard filled the stat sheet with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. 

SCORE (OT)
Sacred Heart 53 / Saint Francis Brooklyn 56

RECORDS
Sacred Heart (10-10, 6-3 NEC) / Saint Francis Brooklyn (12-9, 6-3 NEC)

LOCATION
Pitt Center / Fairfield, CT

SHU STAT LEADERS
Points: Leatherwood 21, Haines 11, Storck 9
Rebounds: Haines 11, Leatherwood 5
Assists: Dabney 4, Leatherwood 3
Steals: Murphy 3, Hagood 2
Blocks: Haines 3, Storck 3

First Quarter (19-15 SFBK)

  • The Terriers jumped out to an early 12-2 lead as Jade Johnson, the second-leading scorer in the NEC heading into today, netted eight early points in the opening four minutes
  • The early 10-point advantage for St. Francis Brooklyn forced SHU into a timeout and the response was immediate as the Pioneers rode an 8-0 run to lower the deficit back down to two
  • Adrianne Hagood canned the first triple of the game for SHU to cut the lead back down to one (16-15) but the Terriers answered with a three of their own to claim the four-point lead after the first quarter
  • The senior tandem of Haines and Leatherwood combined for 10 of the 15 points scored for SHU in the frame

Second Quarter (27-26 SHU)

  • After trading baskets for the early stages of the quarter, the game flipped as the Pioneers rode a 7-0 run to claim their first lead of the game at 26-24 with 2:07 left in the quarter
  • Jayla Davis started the run with a triple from the corner and Leatherwood finished with a layup in transition
  • After allowing the Terriers to shoot 50 percent (8-for-16) in the first quarter, the Pioneers locked down defensively and held SFBK to just 3-for-14 shooting (21.4 percent) in the second quarter alone

Third Quarter (36-35 SFBK)

  • Both defenses dominated throughout the quarter as just 18 combined points were scored in the frame
  • SHU missed six of their first seven shots to open the second half, allowing the Terriers to reclaim the lead
  • The Terriers led by as many as four (36-32) in the period but three late points for SHU closed the gap to just one heading into the fourth
  • Leatherwood scored seven of the Pios' eight total points to keep her team in the game, including both field goals

Fourth Quarter (46-46 Tied)

  • Much like the early stages of the first quarter, Jade Johnson took over to start the fourth, hitting back-to-back triples and forcing SHU into a timeout as the Terriers led 42-35
  • After building the seven-point lead, SHU saw Olivia Dabney and Erin Storck each hit a three-pointer to make it 44-41 SFBK with 3:16 remaining
  • Still trailing by three with under a minute to go, Haines was thrown the ball in the corner and hit a game-tying triple with her defender sagging off as the score stood 46-46 with 38.4 seconds left
  • Needing a stop to force the extra session, the Pioneers came up with a pair of defensive stands

Overtime (56-53 SFBK)

  • SFBK put the pressure on early with Amy O'Neill hitting a three-pointer at the top of the key on the Terriers' first possession of overtime
  • Leatherwood, however, came up with an immediate response as she netted five straight points to give SHU the 51-49 lead with 3:03 left
  • With the game later tied 53-53 after Storck hit a runner in the lane, Dominique Ward came up with the eventual game-winning layup with 23 seconds left
  • Leatherwood had two attempts to tie the game in the waning seconds but couldn't get either to fall as the Terriers came away with the impressive three-point road win

NOTES

  • Despite the loss, SHU's defense held the top scoring offense in the NEC (74.5 PPG) to just 56 points on 35.5 percent shooting (22-62 FG)
  • This was just the second time SFBK was held to less than 60 points through nine NEC games thus far in the season while the 35.5 FG% marked a season-low in NEC-only games for the Terriers
  • After being held to just 16 points over the last two games combined, Leatherwood broke out today with her 21-point effort to go along with five rebounds and three assists in over 40 minutes of action
  • Haines shook off her worst game in NEC play this season (seven points, 2-10 FG) at Robert Morris on Monday with an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double against the Terriers
  • This gives Haines double-doubles in both games played against St. Francis Brooklyn this season as the grad student recorded a triple-double (25 points, 15 rebounds, 11 blocks) in the team's first meeting on Jan. 19 (SHU won 68-66)
  • This marked Haines' eighth time hitting double figures in scoring through nine NEC games as well as her fourth double-double in NEC-only contests in 2018-19
  • Both Haines (41) and Leatherwood (40) set a new career-high for minutes played in a game
  • This contest marked the first overtime game for SHU since the 2016-17 season (68-60 win over FDU on 2/20/17)

UPCOMING GAME
After enjoying an NEC-wide off-day on Monday, SHU continues its longest homestand of the season next Saturday with their first matchup of the season against Mount St. Mary's at 12:00 PM. This also serves as the annual 'Pack the Pitt' contest in a game that can be seen on ESPN3.