FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Resuming a classic matchup that dates back to the 1970s, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team defeated their former league foe Bridgeport, 77-63, from the Pitt Center on Wednesday morning. The Pioneers get back in the win column, improving to 2-2 on the season while remaining unbeaten at home while the Purple Knights drop to 0-4.
Adrianne Hagood provided the scoring lift in the win, dropping a career-high 29 points including 16 in the second half. Hagood was lights-out from the floor all morning long, finishing 8-for-12 overall, 5-of-7 from three and a perfect 8-for-8 at the charity stripe. After missing the season opener at Seton Hall with an injury, Hagood has gone on to notch a 23-point and 29-point efforts in back-to-back games. The 29 points today bested her previous career-high of 26 scored against LIU last season on Jan. 7, 2019. Hagood came into the start of this season with four career 20-point games and through three appearances in 2019-20, she already has two 20+ point performances on the season.
Straight �� today from #22 pic.twitter.com/M0QGQih2nB— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) November 20, 2019
The win was also of extra significance for Head Coach Jessica Mannetti as she recorded her 100th career victory at the helm for the Pioneers. Now in her seventh season as head coach, Mannetti owns an all-time record of 100-91 (.523) and has brought SHU to the WNIT three times in her tenure.
Meeting for the 53rd time, SHU hasn't faced another opponent more times than Bridgeport in program history, as these two foes met frequently in the regular season when SHU was at the Div. II level (prior to 1999-00). The Pioneers move to 23-30 all-time against Bridgeport with the win, having first played one another in the 1974-75 season (SHU's inaugural season).
1st Quarter (22-14 SHU)
- In a game that SHU led wire-to-wire, it took a few minutes for the Pioneers to find their footing on offense as their second field goal of the game didn't come for four-plus minutes of play
- With SHU leading 6-4, the Pioneers jetted out front with a 9-0 run spearheaded by Nikki Johnson as she assisted on three of the four SHU buckets in the scoring run that included a Hagood three-pointer from the wing
- Despite going down 11 midway through the quarter, Bridgeport proved to be up to the task as the SHU lead was just to five with just over a minute remaining in the stanza as Stephanie McBride came off the bench to score consecutive buckets while Hannah Kreiger canned a three to cut the margin down to 19-14
- Even with the Purple Knights pressuring, the Pioneers were able to calm the nerves and drain a last-second triple to build the SHU advantage back up to eight points after the first quarter
Woods ❌ ➡️ Hagood✌️— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) November 20, 2019
Good defense leads to easy offense for the Pios pic.twitter.com/K1IUJhTz3T
2nd Quarter (43-30 SHU)
- Another 20-plus point quarter for the Pioneers followed as SHU shot 5-for-8 from the floor and 4-for-5 from three in the frame alone but struggled at the free throw line going 7-for-12
- The 21-point quarter saw seven Pioneers record at least two points while SHU assisted on all five field goal makes in the quarter
- SHU's lead swelled to 12 in the early going as Sonia Smith came off the bench to hit a three-pointer before Hagood hit another from long range to build the Pioneers' largest lead of the period at 35-21
- The Pioneers' lead hovered around 14 points for the majority of the quarter as neither side pulled away prior to halftime as SHU led 43-30
Don't you dare leave Dabney open in the corner �� pic.twitter.com/nuAg5q7VHf— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) November 20, 2019
3rd Quarter (62-46 SHU)
- A very slow start to the second half saw SHU go over four minutes of play with just one make from the floor but the Purple Knights weren't able to cut the deficit back down to single digits as the closest Bridgeport would get to the lead was 10 points
- Hagood solved the scoring woes for the Pioneers as she netted 11 of her career-high 29 in the third quarter alone including a burst where she scored seven of nine SHU points in a 9-2 run that increased the margin back up to 17 points
Johnson with all the moves in the paint pic.twitter.com/mn57PJxYgI— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) November 20, 2019
4th Quarter (77-63 SHU)
- The game-sealing run came with seven minutes remaining as the Pioneers scored seven unanswered points to build a 23-point advantage midway through the frame
- Smith capped the run with a runner in the lane as the first-year hit double figures in scoring on the day and emptied the bench for both sides
- Bridgeport got some buckets late after SHU took a 24-point lead, their largest of the game, the Purple Knights went on a 12-2 run to close out the game over the final two-plus minutes
�� CAREER-HIGH ��— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) November 20, 2019
Hagood cans her 5⃣th �� to give her a career-high 29 points pic.twitter.com/LA7tSrzM4T
- Hagood's 29-point effort is the most points scored by a Pioneer since Candice Leatherwood pumped in 31 points in a 70-66 road loss at Lehigh on Dec. 8, 2018
- The last time a Pioneer scored more than 29 points in a game played in the Pitt Center came all the way back in the 2017 NEC Tournament where Hannah Kimmel notched 32 in an NEC Quarterfinal home win over St. Francis Brooklyn on March 5, 2017
- These two sides were meeting for the first time since the 2014-15 season when the Pioneers dropped the Purple Knights by a score of 84-41
- Jessica Woods notched her first career double-double as a Pioneer as she recorded 15 points and 14 rebounds to go along with two blocks in 29 minutes of action
- Woods' double-double is the first for a Pioneer in a game this season
- Olivia Dabney provided a solid defensive lift with a career-high four blocks to go along with nine points, five rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes
- Johnson did a little bit of everything as she led the team in minutes (34) while supplying five points, six assists, four steals and five rebounds
- Johnson's six assists and 34 minutes played each set new career-highs
- Smith hit double figures in scoring for the second time in 2019-20 as she continues to provide a scoring list off the bench in her first collegiate season
The Pioneers head back on the road for four straight games played away from the Pitt Center, starting with a Sunday afternoon matchup at Stony Brook with tip-off set for 2 PM.