Women’s Basketball Cruises to 68-53 Home Win over Fairleigh Dickinson

Women’s Basketball Cruises to 68-53 Home Win over Fairleigh Dickinson

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Turns out, a return to the Pitt Center was all the Sacred Heart women's basketball needed as the Pioneers finished off a near wire-to-wire 68-53 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson at the Pitt Center on Saturday afternoon. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Pioneers (7-11, 4-3 NEC) who also extend their home win streak over FDU (7-11, 4-3 NEC) to 19 straight.

Coming off a losing streak that saw the Pioneers shoot under 30 percent from three in all three games, SHU responded going 9-for-21 (42.9 percent) from three for the game and 6-for-10 in the first half alone. For the game, SHU shot 42.9 percent (24-for-56) from the floor while committing just seven turnovers in a convincing home win that saw the Pioneers lead for over 38 minutes.

Adrianne Hagood scored nearly one-third of the Pioneers' total points as she netted 22 to go along with five rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 36 minutes. This marked the third straight 20+ point game for Hagood as well as her eighth straight double-digit effort. Jayla Davis joined Hagood in double figures with 14 points while Olivia Dabney added 11 in the victory.

1st Quarter (18-10 SHU)

  • Taking control right from the jump, after an FDU bucket 48 seconds into play, SHU scored nine unanswered with buckets coming from four different players in the 9-2 Pioneer run
  • The Knights closed the margin back down to just one with 3:20 remaining in the frame but a 6-0 SHU spurt over the final 1:08 boosted the Pioneer lead up to 18-10 after one
  • SHU took hold of the game right from the start behind a defensive performance that saw FDU go just 4-for-15 (26.7 percent) from the floor and 1-of-7 from three in the opening quarter

2nd Quarter (35-20 SHU)

  • The three-point shot began to fall for SHU in the second as the Pioneers went a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the line in the quarter to take a 15-point lead into the halftime break
  • SHU's lead hovered around 10 points for a majority of the quarter before the Pioneers again went on a late-quarter run, this time a 7-0 unanswered streak made it 35-20 at the break
  • The Knights were limited to just one field goal over the final 5:28 of the first half as FDU went 1-for-5 from the floor in that span with four turnovers

3rd Quarter (51-31 SHU)

  • FDU managed to whittle a 15-point SHU halftime lead down to 11 as the Knights battled to a 40-29 margin midway through the quarter
  • This, however, would be the closest FDU would get to the lead for the remainder of play as SHU rattled off another impressive late-quarter run, this time a 11-2 spurt made it a 20-point Pioneer advantage after three
  • Hagood netted seven of SHU's 16 total points in the quarter as both teams struggled offensively, going 9-for-31 combined between the two sides

4th Quarter (68-53 SHU)

  • SHU's run to end the third quarter extended into the fourth as Abigail Kangudie hit a layup off a Hagood feed before Davis canned a triple from the wing that made it 56-31 SHU, a 25-point margin that was their largest lead of the game
  • FDU finished strong, scoring 22 points in the fourth which was easily their highest-scoring quarter of the game, but it was too little too late as SHU closed out the 15-point home win

NOTES

  • SHU moves to an incredible 19-0 all-time at home and 32-6 overall against the Knights
  • The Pioneers managed to avenge a 65-60 defeat at FDU less than two weeks ago in a game that SHU shot just 34 percent (16-for-47) from the floor including a 5-for-17 (29.4 percent) showing from three down in Teaneck
  • Since the start of NEC play, Hagood has reached double figures in all seven and is averaging 17.9 points per game which ranks second-highest among all NEC players
  • Coming into this season with just four career 20-point games, Hagood now has three straight 20+ point outings and seven through 17 games played in the 2019-20 season
  • Davis continues to produce for the Pioneers as she scored 14 points, giving her 10+ points in seven of the last eight games
  • Davis also drew a team-high six fouls while she played 35 minutes and didn't commit a foul herself on the defensive end
  • Dabney has 11 points in back-to-back games and has scored double figures in six of the last eight
  • SHU continues to protect the ball with just seven turnovers in this one, giving the Pioneers single-digit turnovers in three of the last five games

NEXT GAME

SHU heads back on the road for a pair this next week upcoming, starting with a Monday night in-state NEC battle against CCSU. The Pioneers then cap a stretch of five of six games played away from home at St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday.