TEANECK, N.J. – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team suffered their first Northeast Conference loss of the season on Monday night as the Pioneers shot just 34 percent from the floor in a 65-60 loss at Fairleigh Dickinson. A season-high three-game win streak comes to a for SHU (6-9, 3-1 NEC) while the Knights (6-11, 3-2 NEC) pick up just their sixth win over the Pioneers in 37 all-time meetings.
On a night where the Pioneers shot just 16-for-47 (34 percent) overall, the Knights took advantage from the friendly confines of the Rothman Center as FDU shot 25-for-52 (48.1 percent) in their five-point home win. A large portion of the Pioneer offense came from the free throw line as SHU shot 23-for-31 (74.2 percent) at the charity stripe, generating 38.3 percent of their total offense on the evening at the free throw line.
Trailing by as many as 17 in the second half, including by 14 with just 1:47 left, the Pioneers outscored the Knights 10-1 down the stretch but didn't have enough time left to make up for the sluggish offensive showing throughout.
Adrianne Hagood led the way for SHU on offense, netting 14 points while she played all 40 minutes for the second time in three games. Jayla Davis was the only other Pioneer to finish in double figures as she pumped in 11 of her 13 points at the free throw line. Olivia Dabney scored all eight of her points in the second half while Marie-Laeticia Ziba connected on two three-pointers in the first half as she finished with seven.
1st Quarter (12-11 FDU)
- The lead changed hands 10 times in the opening quarter but all the offensive action didn't come until the final minutes as the Pioneers were held scoreless for the first 6:46 of play
- Despite missing their first six shots from the floor, SHU's defense kept the lead within range as a Hagood layup followed by a Ziba triple gave SHU a 5-4 lead with 2:49 remaining in the frame
- Hagood hit a triple late the quarter while Sonia Smith converted a runner with seven seconds left but Rachael Niles hit a fair of free throws with less than a second to play to give the Knights a 12-11 lead after one
Sonia all the way to the hoop for ✌️ pic.twitter.com/f2n2ehUTsf— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) January 14, 2020
2nd Quarter (30-22 FDU)
- FDU controlled the action in the second, outscoring the Pioneers 18-11 and controlling the offensive rebounds, owning a 7-1 advantage in that department as the Knights outscored SHU 12-2 in second chance points in the second quarter alone
- SHU held a 14-12 lead as Davis scored the first three points of the frame while Allyson Murphy connected on a triple as SHU led 17-16 just 2:11 into the quarter
- Despite the sudden surge, FDU went on a 14-5 run in the closing 7:49 of the quarter including a 7-0 spurt that made it 24-17 in favor of the home side
- Ziba hit her second three-pointer of the first half but that was the only field goal that SHU would make in the final 7:49 of the first half
Murphy ➡️ Ziba �� pic.twitter.com/wQCFpWZiCv— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) January 14, 2020
3rd Quarter (49-37 FDU)
- SHU went 9-for-10 at the free throw line to keep this one close heading into the fourth quarter as the Pioneers struggled going 3-for-13 (23.1 percent) from the floor in the quarter while the Knights hit 8-of-12 (66.7 percent)
- The Pioneers cut the FDU lead to six in the first minute of the second half but a 8-0 burst forced a SHU timeout and gave the Knights their first double digit lead of the game
- Later trailing 41-24, SHU went on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 11 and later 10 as FDU led 43-33 but just one Hagood runner in the final minute was the last made bucket of the quarter for the Pioneers
4th Quarter (65-60 FDU)
- Trying to make up a 12-point lead and score their fourth straight second half comeback win, the magic ran out for the Pioneers on Monday as the Knights were able to hold a double digit lead up until the final minute of the contest
- Leading 64-50 with 1:47 remaining, the Knights had enough of a cushion to shoulder a 10-1 SHU run down the stretch as the final margin was just five
The �� is open late for Liv �� pic.twitter.com/AQfqyMOc8R— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) January 14, 2020
- The Pioneers are now 31-6 all-time against FDU with all six of their losses coming in Teaneck (SHU is 18-0 all-time vs FDU at home)
- Hagood led the Pioneers in scoring for the eighth time in 14 games played this season
- Davis' 11 free throw makes and 13 attempts are both a single-game career-high
- Over the last eight games, Davis is 48-for-57 (84.2 percent) from the free throw line
- Davis added seven rebounds as she led the Pioneers in rebounding for just the second time this season and the fifth time for her career
- Dabney missed all but one minute of the first half as she picked up two early fouls but still managed to put up eight points and led the team with a +9 for the game in plus/minus
- Allyson Murphy came off the bench to finish with six points, five rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes of action
- As a team, the Pioneers won the turnover battle 18-12 and attempted 31 free throws compared to 14 for FDU
- This game featured 10 lead changes and two ties, all of which occurred in the first quarter
An NEC season-long three-game road swing continues over the weekend and into next week as SHU ships out to Western Pennsylvania for the longest bus trip of the season. The Pioneers begin the Western PA swing on Saturday at Saint Francis U on Saturday (4 PM) and finish at Robert Morris on Monday (1 PM).