FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Despite a season-best fourth-quarter production, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team (4-7) was unable to break through against the swarming paint presence of New Hampshire (8-4) resulting in a 74-47 loss inside the Pitt Center, Wednesday afternoon.
How it happened…
Out of an early team timeout, Tykera Carter drilled a triple from the wing in an attempt to muzzle over the early proceedings of New Hampshire's blitzing offense. The guard's basket got the Pioneers on the board, 7-3, with almost two-and-a-half minutes played. However, the 'Cats kept on the prowl charging the largest deficit to the Pioneers following the first 10 minutes, 26-9.
New Hampshire continued to pounce swelling its lead to 40, recorded at the 1:06 mark of the third before Sacred Heart upstaged the Wildcats' fourth-quarter production scoring on the favorable side of a 21-10 margin. Unfortunately, SHU's effort went unheeded as the New Hampshire damage was already done.
Allyson Murphy was elected to start for the first time of her career putting up a near personal-best seven points in 22 minutes of playing time. The sophomore shot 42.7-percent and hit a triple while also earning three rebounds and an assist.
Carter made another long-range basket and two inside the arc for a team-high 12 points. She also registered a pair of boards, two dimes, and a theft through a team-tying 32 minutes of guard play.
Asia McCray raked in a personal-best nine points in a career-high 18 minutes of production. The freshman also fought for four balls off the backboard including a pair on each glass.
Olivia Dabney tied her career-high scoring six points swishing 50-percent of her tries and seeing one attempt net from downtown. She also served up a rejection, three helpers and corralled a steal in her fourth-consecutive start.
The Wildcats boasted four of their starters in double-figures as Kat Fogarty (16), Olivia Healy (15), Carlie Pogue (14) and Brittni Lai (10) added to the UNH point column. Fogarty claimed a game-high eight boards while Healy's seven dimes were superlative at the Pitt.
New Hampshire's suffocating paint performance was evidenced by the points scored in the paint (42) to that of SHU's 14. In turn, the 'Cats benefitted 16 second chance points contrasting Sacred Heart's three.
- The Pioneers scored the most fourth-quarter points than they have all season (21).
- Sacred Heart finished the non-league portion of its schedule with more wins than it did a season ago (4).
Women's hoops commence Northeast Conference play Friday, December 29 when Sacred Heart and Saint Francis U clash at 1:00 pm.