Pioneers Fall Short, 55-50 Against Monmouth

Pioneers Fall Short, 55-50 Against Monmouth

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University women's basketball team fell 55-50 to visiting Monmouth University on Sunday afternoon at the Pitt Center. The loss drops the Pioneers to 2-3 on the year, while the Hawks improve to 2-4.

Monmouth trailed 45-43 with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter before closing the game by hitting four straight field goals and going 2-for-2 at the line to pull out the win.


SHU was held under 30 percent shooting for the second straight game (27.1 percent), while the Hawks shot 38.6 percent. Monmouth held a 41-34 edge on the boards, as well as a 12-3 advantage in second chance points. Both teams scored 12 points off turnovers.


Redshirt senior Candice Leatherwood scored a game-high 13 points while contributing three assists and three steals. Sophomore Adrianne Hagood scored 12 points and added a pair of steals, sophomore Asia McCray tallied eight points off the bench, grad student Erin Storck hauled in five rebounds and four steals, and sophomore Olivia Dabney totaled five rebounds.


First Quarter

  • Monmouth jumped out to an 11-4 lead over the first five minutes.
  • Leatherwood converted a conventional three-point play off a midcourt steal to make it 11-8, which was followed by a pair of Allyson Murphy free throws to cut it to 11-10.
  • A Monmouth three-pointer pushed it to 14-10, sparking a 6-0 run to end the period and bring the score to 17-10.

Second Quarter

  • The Pioneers allowed only six second quarter points, holding Monmouth to 3-of-15 shooting in the period and outscoring them 15-6.
  • The Pioneers started strong, scoring the first four points, before Monmouth pushed its advantage to 21-16 at the 6:40 mark.
  • A pair of McCray free throws got SHU within a point, and McCray gave the Pioneers the lead by going up and under for a layup while drawing the foul. She knocked down the ensuing free throw to give SHU its first lead, 23-21 with 2:55 to play in the first half.
  • SHU scored nine unanswered to take a 25-21 lead after a pair of Hagood free throws, before Monmouth got a layup with one second remaining to make it 25-23 going into the locker room.

Third Quarter

  • After a short drought by both teams to open the half, Dabney knocked down a three for the Pioneers for the first points of the quarter.
  • McCray drained a three at the 5:01 mark to push the lead to 33-29.
  • Hagood hit 1-of-2 at the line at the 2:44 mark to give the Pioneers a 34-31 lead.
  • After empty possessions for both squads, Monmouth cut it to 34-33 on a Lucy Thomas layup with 1:08 to go.
  • Just 14 seconds later, a Hawks' steal at midcourt led to an Emani Clough basket, giving Monmouth the lead, 35-34, and forcing a SHU timeout.
  • Out of the huddle, Hagood knocked down a long three to help SHU regain the 37-35 advantage, a score that held into the fourth quarter.

Fourth Quarter

  • Davis scored the first points of the fourth quarter at 8:35 to make it 39-37.
  • Thomas connected on a spinning layup in the paint at the 6:10 mark to give Monmouth the 40-39 lead.
  • Leatherwood answered with a jumper on the next possession for the 41-40 Pioneer advantage.
  • Rosa Graham hit a three for Monmouth at 4:42 to put the Hawks back in front 43-41, then Hagood drew SHU even with a pair of free throws coming out of the media timeout at 4:26.
  • Leatherwood put SHU back on top with a pair of free throws with 3:56 remaining.
  • From there, Monmouth hit each of its final four field goal attempts, beginning with a pair of three-pointers from Clough, hitting the first from in front of her own bench, and the next one from the elbow to push the lead to 49-45 with 1:44 left.
  • Kanguide sandwiched a Monmouth bucket with a free throw, then sank a jumper at the rim to make it 51-48 with 39 seconds remaining.
  • Clough and Hagood traded jumpers in the final 10 seconds, but Monmouth used a pair of free throws with less than three seconds remaining to lock down the five-point win.

Next up, the Pioneers will hit the road on Thursday evening for a matchup at Hofstra at 7 p.m.