Women's Basketball Falls 73-58 To Stony Brook

Candice Leatherwood scored 14 at home versus Stony Brook on Tuesday. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
Candice Leatherwood scored 14 at home versus Stony Brook on Tuesday. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

The Sacred Heart University women's basketball team fell 73-58 to visiting Stony Brook University, Tuesday evening at the Pitt Center. The loss drops the Pioneers to 3-4 on the year, while the Seawolves improve to 7-1.

SHU used a 6-0 run spanning halftime to close within three points, 35-32 in the opening minutes of the second-half. A free throw by India Pagan began an 8-0 Stony Brook run that pushed the lead back to 11 points, 43-32, with 6:51 to play in the third quarter.

The Pioneers scored the first four points of the final period, to once again close within eight points, 53-45, with 7:37 to play but would get no closer. The Seawolves, who shot 53.3 percent from the field in the fourth quarter, pushed its advantage to 71-48, with 3:05 to play. The Pioneers scored 10 of the final 12 points, for the final margin.

The Pioneers return to action on Saturday, when they travel to Lehigh for a 2 p.m. contest.

Turning Point

  • SHU cut a 15-point deficit to three, 35-32, early in the third quarter, but Stony Brook scored eight points in a 2:21 stretch to push the lead back into double digits, 

First Quarter

  • Erin Storck put the Pioneers on the board 29 ticks into the game with a pair of free throws 
  • The Pioneers led 4-2 at the 8:23 mark when Adrienne Hagood knocked down a field goal
  • Stony Brook used a 18-5 run in the first-half to build a 13-point advantage, scoring seven straight to open the run
  • Storck went to the basket at 5:01 to make the deficit six, 13-7
  • SBU answered with six straight points and nine of the final 11 points, to build a 22-9 advantage at the end of the period

Second Quarter

  • Stony Brook opened a 24-9 advantage, 15 ticks into the period
  • SHU held the Seawolves scoreless for the next 4:42, as SHU went on a 10-0 run to close within 24-19
  • Madison Cheatham started the run with a fast break basket at the 8:43 mark
  • Olivia Dabney (7:33 & 6:10) and Adrienne Hagood (7:03) made six straight free throws in the middle of the Pioneers run
  • Hagood capped the run at 5:48 with a fast break basket, to get SHU within five points
  • Hailey Zeise knocked down a corner three to end the Seawolves drought with 5:13 to play in the half
  • SBU pushed the advantage back to nine twice in the final moments of the half, including 35-26, with 2:14 to play before the break
  • The Pioneers scored four points in the final 48 seconds of the half, with baskets from Allyson Murphy and Hagood, to close within five, 35-30

Third Quarter

  • Hagood extended the SHU run to six straight, with a layup at 8:52, closing the Pioneers within a possession, 35-32
  • A free-throw, a fast break layup, a short jumper and a three-pointer at 6:48 pushed the Stony Brook lead back to double-digits, 43-32
  • Candice Leatherwood converted a conventional three-point play out of a SHU timeout, to end the Seawolves run, 43-35
  • The Seawolves scored three of the last five points of the quarter to take a 53-42 edge into the final period

Fourth Quarter

  • A Cheatham free throw and a Jayla Davis with 7:37 to play brought SHU within eight points, 53-45
  • Stony Brook scored the next four and used an 8-1 run to take a 61-46 advantage, forcing a SHU timeout
  • The Seawolves were 8-15 from the floor during the final quarter

By The Numbers

  • Candice Leatherwood scored a team-best 14 points for the Pioneers, while Hagood added 13
  • Haines had a game-high 10 rebounds in the game
  • Johnson had 13 points and 13 assists for Stony Brook, who were led by the 18 points of Matthews
  • Pagan also finished in double figures for Stony Brook, with a dozen
  • Stony Brook shot 48.2 percent from the field for the game and were 10-21 from behind the arc
  • SHU finished 21-30 from the free throw line
  • The Seawolves held a 44-29 edge on the glass
  • The Pioneers shot 50 percent, 5-10, from the field and were 11-12 at the line, in the second quarter
  • Stony Brook shot 53.8 percent in the first quarter

Notable

  • Hagood reached double-digits, 12 points, in the first half, her fourth consecutive double-digit scoring effort 
  • Haines has 22 rebounds in her last two games played
  • Leatherwood's point total is a season-best and her third double-digit performance of the season