Women’s Basketball’s Season Ends in WNIT First Round Loss at Georgetown

Women’s Basketball’s Season Ends in WNIT First Round Loss at Georgetown

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team saw their 2018-19 season come to an end on Friday night as the Pioneers fell to Georgetown, 90-59, from the McDonough Arena in the WNIT First Round. The Pioneers conclude the season with a 19-13 record, NEC Semifinal appearance and fourth WNIT trip in the last seven seasons. Georgetown advances to the WNIT Second Round while improving to 17-15 in 2018-19.

A close game for two quarters, SHU trailed the Hoyas by just eight (33-25) at the half but a commanding third quarter stretch in which Georgetown went on a 22-2 run put the game away for the home side.

Erin Storck played one of her better games of the season in her final appearance as a Pioneer, finishing with 18 points (3-8 3FG) and five rebounds in 36 minutes. Allyson Murphy was great throughout, racking up 12 points (4-5 FG) and a career-high six rebounds in just 26 minutes. Kiana Ye came off the bench in the final two minutes and gave the Pioneer fans a great lasting memory with a three-pointer and two quick free throws as the emotional leader of the team scored five points.

SCORE
Georgetown 90 / Sacred Heart 59

RECORDS
Sacred Heart (19-13, 14-4 NEC) / Georgetown (17-15, 9-9 BIG EAST)

LOCATION
McDonough Arena / Washington, D.C.

First Quarter (21-15 GU)

  • Georgetown came out of the gates firing, going 5-for-6 from the floor in the opening four-plus minutes of play to build a 14-4 lead and force SHU into an early timeout
  • A key sequence followed as Georgetown's top scorer and rebounder, Dorothy Adomako, picked up her second foul midway through the first
  • After trailing by as much as 10, SHU cut the lead down to five on two occasions in the frame
  • SHU started 1-for-4 (25 percent) from the floor in the first but finished a more than respectable 6-for-12 (50 percent) in the period

Second Quarter (33-25 GU)

  • The Pioneers struggled against the Hoyas' length to open the second, missing their first seven shots from the floor in the second (27-16 GU led) before Murphy hit a layup and followed with a nice dish to Davis on the break for an easy bucket
  • SHU's defense tightened up as the quarter went along, holding the Hoyas scoreless for 5:43 as Georgetown was forced into eight consecutive missed shots
  • A 6-0 SHU run in the midst of the Hoyas' scoreless streak cut the margin to five but several missed opportunities on the offensive end failed to lower the gap to one possession
  • Just as Georgetown recovered with a 6-0 run late in the quarter, Storck buried a buzzer-beating triple to cut the margin from 11 back down to single digits heading into the second half
  • Despite shooting just 3-for-16 (18.8 percent) from the floor, the Pioneers held the Hoyas to 6-for-16 (37.5 percent) including a 0-for-5 effort from behind the arc in the frame

Third Quarter (59-35 GU)

  • The Hoyas put the game away in the third as Georgetown went on a dominating 22-2 run as the lead stretched to 57-30
  • Adrianne Hagood hit a three-pointer to put an end to the Hoyas' scoring run and Abigail Kangudie hit a turnaround layup in the lane as the Pioneers finished the quarter on a positive run
  • Georgetown shot 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) in the quarter and outscored SHU 26-10

Fourth Quarter (90-59 GU)

  • A high-scoring final quarter saw the teams combine for 55 points (31-24 in favor of GU)
  • Murphy netted seven of her 12 points in the fourth quarter alone while the Pioneers, as a team, went a perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line
  • Ye subbed into the game with 2:26 remaining as the four SHU seniors (Storck, Ye, Candice Leatherwood and Katherine Haines) played out the final two-plus minutes of their careers on the floor together

NOTES

  • This marked the fourth time the Pioneers have advanced to the WNIT (all of which have come in the last seven seasons)
  • This WNIT appearance marked the eighth national postseason tournament appearance for the Pioneers (4x WNIT, 3x NCAA, 1x WBI)
  • Storck led the team with 18 points in her final collegiate game
  • Storck's 18-point effort is her third-highest point total on the season (32 games) and marks her highest-scoring game since going for 19 at Kentucky on Dec. 29, 2018 (20 games ago)
  • Haines finished with four points and six rebounds in her final collegiate game while Leatherwood tallied five points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals in her final game as a Pioneer
  • Haines career stats: 1249 points (12.0 PPG), 783 rebounds (7.5 RPG), 134 blocks in 105 games
  • Haines finishes her career tied for 12th all-time in SHU program history in career points (1249) while she is tied for 9th all-time for SHU at the NCAA Division I level (since 1999-00)
  • Haines also ranks eighth all-time in rebounds and fourth in career blocks in SHU's program history
  • Storck career stats: 946 points (7.6 PPG), 114 three-pointers, 407 rebounds, 205 assists, 101 steals, 125 games
  • Leatherwood career stats (two seasons): 737 points (12.4 PPG), 77 three-pointers (77-219, 35.2 3FG%), 236 rebounds, 212 assists (3.5 APG), 60 games