Women’s Basketball Matches NEC Record with Four All-Conference Honorees

Women’s Basketball Matches NEC Record with Four All-Conference Honorees

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SOMERSET, N.J. – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team saw a league-high four players earn All-Northeast Conference honors on Monday morning, as announced by the league office on Twitter. This announcement marks the most players from a single-team earn All-Conference honors in the same season. The only other time in league history that a team saw four players named All-NEC was Fairleigh Dickinson in 2014-15.

Graduate student forward Katherine Haines headlined the group of SHU All-Conference honorees, becoming the 12th Pioneer in program history to earn All-NEC First Team honors. Redshirt senior Candice Leatherwood was named to the All-NEC Second Team as the guard earns her second career All-Conference honor. Both graduate student guard Erin Storck and sophomore guard Adrianne Hagood were named to the All-NEC Third Team as this marks the first All-Conference nod for both players.

Haines was the go-to scorer on this year's Pioneer team that won 18 games and went 14-4 in the NEC during the regular season to earn the No. 2 seed in the NEC Tournament. She went for 18.3 PPG in NEC play which ranked third in the league while adding 9.3 RPG (3rd NEC) and 1.9 BPG (2nd NEC) in 32.9 MPG (T-12th NEC). Her efficiency from the floor is well-noted as the forward shot 50.6 percent overall (9th NEC), 76.9 from the free throw line (T-9th NEC) and an impressive 41.7 percent from three (3rd NEC) which ranks first in the league among forwards. She made history this season, recording the program's first-ever triple-double with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocks at St. Francis Brooklyn and recorded a double-double in over half (10-of-18) the league games this season. This is Haines' second career All-NEC honor after being named to the All-NEC Second Team in 2016-17.

Leatherwood was the steadying force in the Pioneer backcourt all season long as the redshirt senior averaged 11.8 PPG (16th NEC) with 3.9 APG (4th NEC) in 18 NEC games. She shot a high percentage from three throughout conference play, knocking down 38.1 percent of her three-point attempts which ranked 10th in the NEC. A true point guard, Leatherwood protected the ball throughout the conference slate with a 1.5 assist/turnover ratio (3rd NEC) as she dished out more assists than turnovers committed in 14-of-18 league games. In two seasons with the Pioneers, after transferring from Liberty following the 2015-16 season, Leatherwood is a two-time All-NEC player as she was named to the Third Team last season.

Consistency has been the name of the game for Storck throughout her career and most particularly in the 2018-19 season as she earns her first career All-NEC honor. The graduate student guard averaged 10.1 PPG (19th NEC) in league play while posting the sixth-most assists (3.3 APG), 14th-most steals (1.3 SPG), eighth-most blocked shots (1.1 BPG), sixth-best assist/turnover ratio (1.3) and sixth-most minutes (33.9 MPG) in the NEC. A workhorse for the Pioneers, Storck started all 29 games and ranked second on the team with 17 double-digit point totals despite averaging the fourth-most points per game on the team. Storck has blocked the most shots (28) of any guard in the NEC this season and enters the postseason riding a five-game season-long streak of five straight game scoring double figures.

Torching opponents from three all season long, Hagood makes her way onto the All-NEC Third Team after being an All-Rookie Team member last season. Putting up 12.0 PPG in NEC play, Hagood ranked second on the team and tied for 14th in the NEC in scoring. She hit 39.0 percent of her three-point attempts in conference play (sixth-best in NEC) while her 2.1 makes per game from behind the arc ranked fifth in the NEC. Hagood posted double-digit points totals in 10-for-14 NEC games (71.4 percent) and had at least one three-point field goal in all but one of her league games this season. Despite missing four NEC games this season due to injury, including three straight towards the end of the regular season, Hagood returned to the lineup in the Pioneers' regular season finale at Mount St. Mary's and hit 2-of-5 from three including a crucial go-ahead bucket late in the fourth quarter to lead the Pioeners to a road victory.

SHU heads into their 20th consecutive NEC Tournament appearance with the No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 Wagner tonight at 6 PM from the Pitt Center. This will be just the second postseason meeting between the two squads. Incredibly, the two sides haven't met in the NEC Tournament since the Pioneers' first season in the NEC (1999-00) in a quarterfinal matchup that the Seahawks won 59-56 in West Long Branch, New Jersey.