FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team went down 22-6 after the first quarter and couldn't make up enough ground in a 67-58 home loss to Mount St. Mary's on Monday night from the Pitt Center. The Pioneers drop their second straight to move to 5-5 in the NEC while the Mountaineers continue to hold steady with the second spot in the league standings with a 7-2 conference mark.
Trailing by as many as 19 in the first half, the Pioneers went on a 17-5 run late in the second quarter to trail by just seven at the break. This momentum, however, didn't carry over into the second half as the Pioneers got to within five of the lead on a couple of occasions but the 19-point second quarter deficit was too much to overcome in the home loss.
Jayla Davis led the way for SHU with 18 points, just one shy of her career-high, while Sonia Smith and Nikki Johnson each scored 12. Abigail Kangudie tied her season-high in rebounds (10) and blocks (four).
1st Quarter (22-6 MSM)
- The Pioneers held steady with the Mountaineers in the early going, trailing 10-6 with 5:54 left in the opening quarter as Adrianne Hagood scored four quick points
- That 10-6 deficit, however, turned into a 22-6 margin at the end of the first as SHU went scoreless over the final 5:54 of the quarter while the Mountaineers pumped in 12 straight points
- Turnovers played a big role in the Mountaineer scoring spree as Mount St. Mary's turned six SHU turnovers into a 11-0 advantage in points-off-turnovers
Floater in the lane is good for Liv �� pic.twitter.com/LnBwxrrJrP— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) February 4, 2020
2nd Quarter (38-31 MSM)
- Mount St. Mary's continued their run as the score got to 27-8 and later 33-14 before the Pioneers found some traction on the offensive end
- Over the final 6:42 of the quarter, SHU outscored MSM 17-5 including a 10-0 run to end the half
- Davis and Smith were key figures in the run as the duo combined to score 15 of the 17 points in the 17-5 SHU run
- Davis scored nine of her 18 points in the second quarter alone while she went to the line eight times (6-for-8 from the charity stripe) in the period
JAYLA �� We trailed by 19 ... now the deficit is just 7 at the halftime break ... SHU rode a 17-5 run including 10 unanswered pts over the final 3+ min to end the 2Q pic.twitter.com/SoZ0YoTFHb— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) February 4, 2020
3rd Quarter (50-43 MSM)
- SHU continued to lower the MSM lead as Johnson hit a triple at the wing to make it 42-37 Mountaineers and later Hagood converted a pair of free throws to make it 48-43, both five-point margins after the Pioneers trailed by 19 just 20 minutes prior
- Limiting MSM to just 12 points in the third quarter, SHU couldn't get much to fall on offense as a 3-for-14 showing from the floor including a 1-for-7 effort from long range in the period alone, kept the Mountaineers in control
Double team the post, shooters are open �� Nikki left alone at the wing and she hits her second triple tonight pic.twitter.com/hX2qKStdsE— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) February 4, 2020
4th Quarter (67-58 MSM)
- The Pioneers continued to battle deep into the second half as six unanswered points cut an 11-point deficit back down to just five with 6:58 remaining
- But as they had done all game, the Mountaineers had an answer as Kayla Agentowicz hit a triple just 16 seconds following three straight Smith free throws as MSM rebuilt an eight-point lead
- That Agentowicz triple was the ultimate dagger as MSM rattled off a 7-0 run that pushed the Mountaineers in front by double-digits for the remainder of the game, up until a Smith three in the final minute
Not done yet ... Nikki for �� pic.twitter.com/TrzS7Ob39Q— Sacred Heart WBB (@SacredHeartWBB) February 4, 2020
- This loss snaps a six-game home win streak for SHU over MSM and marked just the second home loss to the Mountaineers in program history (SHU is now 20-2 all-time vs MSM at home)
- Davis' 18 points gives her 12 double-digit scoring totals in 19 games played this season while the total is just one off her career-high of 19 which she set last season at FDU
- Kangudie grabbed 10 rebounds in just 21 minutes, matching her season-high and giving her double-digit rebounds for just the sixth time in her career
- In just her second game back from injury, Johnson racked up 12 points to give her four double-digit point totals in 10 games played this season
- SHU was outscored 40-14 in points in the paint and 20-14 in points-off-turnovers
- Rebecca Lee led the way for the Mountaineers with 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks in just 25 minutes
SHU has a huge matchup against league-leading Robert Morris on Saturday at Noon in the Pitt Center in a game that can be seen on ESPN3.