MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Trailing by 12 at the end of the first quarter and by 21 at the half, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team paid the price for a slow start and fell to the league-leading Robert Morris Colonials, 73-43, on Monday afternoon from the UPMC Events Center. SHU (6-11, 3-3 NEC) losses for the third straight game, all road defeats in conference, while the Colonials (11-6, 6-0 NEC) remain undefeated in league play.
Adrianne Hagood led the way again with her second straight 20-point effort but she struggled against the league's top defense, going 6-for-20 from the floor and 3-of-13 from three-point range. This is Hagood's sixth 20+ point game of the season. Olivia Dabney was the lone other Pioneer to reach double figures as she finished with 11 points.
Nneka Ezeigbo led the Colonials with an efficient 24 points in 23 minutes while Isabella Posset racked up 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and eight steals.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Points were hard to come by for the Pioneers right from the jump as RMU went on a 11-2 run before SHU buried their second field goal of the game with 4:30 remaining in the opening quarter
- RMU's lead swelled to as many as 15 points in the first quarter before Allyson Murphy hit a deep three-pointer in the closing seconds to make it 19-7 Colonials after one
- The second quarter was much the same as SHU hit just one field goal in the first 7:56 of the stanza as RMU built a 34-10 lead before ultimately taking a 38-17 lead into the halftime break
Murphy from LONG range at the end of the qtr �� pic.twitter.com/OAKBW6m7AR— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) January 20, 2020
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Down by not out, the Pioneers showed great fight midway through the quarter after going down 47-19, SHU outscored the Colonials 18-6 over the final 6:09 of the third
- In that run, Hagood supplied much of the offensive production as she scored five quick points to ignite the spurt before she assisted a Dabney triple and later hit another three-pointer that made it 48-30 Colonials
- Four more SHU points, all on free throw makes, cut what was a 28-point RMU lead down to 16 as the Pioneers trailed 53-37 heading into the fourth
- Facing pressure from the Pioneers, the Colonials closed the game with a flurry as RMU outscored SHU 20-5 in the fourth quarter to finish off the 30-point win
Jayla takes all the contact and still makes the driving ✌️ pic.twitter.com/xReofC9SKI— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) January 20, 2020
- Hagood increased her team-leading scoring averaging to 16.4 points per game on the season, third-best in the NEC
- Hagood now has 20+ points in consecutive games for the second time this season while she runs her double-digit scoring streak up to seven games
- Jayla Davis saw her six-game double-digit scoring streak come to an end as the junior guard finished with seven points
- Davis did manage to tally five steals, tied for the most by a Pioneer in a single-game this season
- Abigail Kangudie reentered the starting lineup and tallied her first double-digit rebounding game of the season with 10 boards
- As a team, SHU shot 13-for-14 (92.9 percent) at the free throw line which represents the best single-game FT percentage for the Pioneers this season (with at least 10 attempts)
- After averaging just over seven turnovers per game over the last three heading into Monday's matchup, the Colonial defense forced 25 SHU turnovers including 16 in the first half alone
- SHU was held to a season-low 24 percent shooting from the floor (12-for-50)
- RMU outscored the Pioneers 29-10 in points off turnovers and 23-3 in bench points
The Pioneers get a much-needed return to the Pitt Center as SHU hosts Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday at 1:00 PM. SHU is undefeated (2-0) at home in NEC play and will be looking to avenge a 65-60 loss to the Knights last Monday in a game played in Teaneck.