NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – With just 3.6 seconds on the clock and a chance to win the game, Jayla Davis made no hesitation with her dribble drive down the lane, adjusting her shot mid-flight to create the space needed for the game-winning bucket that capped another thrilling second half come-from-behind win for the Sacred Heart women's basketball team. Trailing by 12 with 2:54 remaining in the third quarter, SHU rattled off 19 unanswered points before needing the Davis layup to break a 52-52 deadlock in the closing minute in the Pioneers' 54-52 road NEC win over in-state foe Central Connecticut State.
GO-AHEAD BUCKETS ���� pic.twitter.com/YZzHtPDCsD— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) January 28, 2020
In a game that saw the Pioneers dig themselves a 22-10 hole at the end of the first quarter, SHU hung around as the margin was 45-33 late in the third but the clock was beginning to become a factor. Needing a spark, the Pioneers certainly found one as SHU held CCSU scoreless for 9:29 consecutive minutes and without a field goal for 10:02 straight minutes between the third and fourth quarters. In that span, SHU put together a marvelous 19-0 run that sent SHU ahead 52-45 with 3:52 remaining.
�� ANOTHER ONE ‼️ Sonia this time pulls up for ✌️ We trailed 45-35... pic.twitter.com/Yjlw0ThpFM— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) January 28, 2020
With momentum entirely on the side of SHU, the Blue Devils still managed to rally back and tie the score at 52-52 with a 7-0 run of their own. This, however, would only set the stage for Davis' game-winning drive down the lane to seal yet another comeback NEC win for the Pioneers.
Moving to 5-3 in league play, four of the five NEC wins for SHU have featured sizeable second half comebacks. The Pioneers started conference play with three straight come-from-behind wins as SHU defeated Merrimack (trailed by eight in the fourth quarter), Wagner (trailed by 10 in the third quarter) and CCSU (trailed by 12 in the third quarter) prior to tonight's 12-point third quarter deficit overcome in the comeback.
1st Quarter (22-10 CCSU)
- The Blue Devils dominated every facet of the game in the opening quarter, shooting 71.4 percent (10-for-14) while holding SHU to 20 percent (3-for-15) from the floor and 0-for-6 from three
- Sonia Smith broke loose for a wraparound layup to make it 13-10 CCSU with 2:07 left in the quarter but four straight CCSU buckets (9-0 run) to end the frame took a three-point Blue Devil lead and turned it into a 22-10 advantage
Smith bounces one to Jayla for the fast break ✌️ pic.twitter.com/vPOED2BtBD— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) January 28, 2020
2nd Quarter (34-24 CCSU)
- After being blitzed in the final two minutes of the first, SHU held CCSU without a bucket for the first 2:55 of the second quarter but only managed four points on the offensive end as SHU trailed 22-14 before watching the Blue Devils build their biggest lead of the game at 31-17 with nearly four minutes left in the half
- Staring at a 34-21 margin on the Pioneers' final possession of the half, Smith hit a fallaway three, the first of the half for SHU (0-for-9 to start the game), that sent the visitors into the break with a 10-point deficit
Sonia beats the ⏰ for �� pic.twitter.com/RnUmChxbVA— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) January 28, 2020
3rd Quarter (45-39 CCSU)
- CCSU's lead remained around double figures for a majority of the third, that was until the Pioneers began cutting into the deficit with a 6-0 run to end the quarter that whittled what was a 12-point CCSU lead down to six
- Adrianne Hagood was huge for the Pioneers in the third as she scored eight of the 15 total points scored for SHU in the frame
- Allyson Murphy converted a driving layup with her left hand with just two seconds left in the quarter to make it just a six-point game heading into the fourth
Ally says �� "I'll take it myself" �� pic.twitter.com/FvtDEV6II3— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) January 28, 2020
4th Quarter (54-52 SHU)
- That 6-0 SHU run to end the third continued into the fourth as Smith opened the quarter with a layup before Olivia Dabney hit a three to make it 45-44 CCSU
- Trailing for the entire game, SHU took their first lead with 7:12 remaining as Smith spotted Hagood open underneath the CCSU zone defense as the Pioneer bench erupted with the go-ahead bucket
- Saddled with foul trouble all evening, Davis came alive late in the fourth as she drove the lane for two and Smith followed with a jumper just outside the paint as the SHU run extended deep into the fourth
- After Davis hit another driving fastbreak layup, CCSU mounted their run as a 7-0 Blue Devil run tied the score at 52-52 with 1:42 remaining
- Defense dominated the late stages as each side had two unsuccessful chances on offense to take the lead before Davis played the role of hero to seal the SHU win
WE WIN ‼️ Trailing by 12 with 12:54 remaining ... SHU pulls out ANOTHER 2nd half comeback victory pic.twitter.com/WT9mSgLims— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) January 28, 2020
- Defense told the story of this one as SHU held CCSU to just 22.2 percent shooting (10-for-45), including an 0-for-4 effort from three, in the final three quarters of the game after the Blue Devils opened with a 10-for-14 showing (71.4 percent) in the first quarter
- The shooting numbers were even more staggering looking at just the second half as CCSU was held to just 5-of-27 shooting (18.5 percent) in the second half and just 1-for-12 (8.3 percent) in the fourth quarter
- SHU has now outscored CCSU by a combined score of 37-17 (+20) in the fourth quarter of their two meetings this season, both of which saw the Blue Devils lead by 12 in the third quarter
- The Pioneers overcame a sluggish first quarter (3-15 FG, 0-6 3FG) to go 20-for-39 (51.3 percent) from the floor over the final three quarters combined (SHU outscored CCSU 44-30 in that span)
- Hagood saw her 20-plus point streak end at three (tied for the second-longest in SHU's Div. I history) but she came just three short as she finished with 17 points in this one
- Hagood's 17 points came on a night where she went 8-for-10 from the floor while the third-leading three-point maker in the NEC managed to score all her points without attempting a three-pointer
- In 74 career games prior to tonight, Hagood had never finished a game without attempting a three
- Smith hit double figures for the first time since Jan. 4 as she tallied 14 (5-10 FG, 2-4 3FG) with six rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes
- Davis netted six of her eight points in the fourth quarter including the game-winning bucket with 0.6 seconds left
- Madison Cheatham came off the bench and finished with six rebounds and four blocks in 18 minutes
- SHU shot 42.6 percent as a team, going north of 40 percent for the second straight game
That winning moment ���� pic.twitter.com/MYR80x5zUw— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) January 28, 2020
SHU closes out an extended stretch of road games on Saturday as the Pioneers head to St. Francis Brooklyn for a 1:00 PM tip. That game against the Terriers wraps up a span that saw SHU play five of six games away from home.