Davis Tallies First Double-Double of Season As Women's Basketball Edges LIU 64-55 In Overtime

Davis tallied her first double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 boards in the Pioneers 64-55 OT win over LIU. Photo:Steve McLaughlin
Davis tallied her first double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 boards in the Pioneers 64-55 OT win over LIU. Photo:Steve McLaughlin

FAIRFIELD, Conn.- The Sacred Heart University women's basketball team capped off a 64-55 overtime win over Northeast Conference rival LIU, Thursday morning. The Pioneers improve to 12-17 on the year and 9-9 in league play, while the Sharks fall to 8-21 and 7-11 in conference action. 

The victory puts the Pioneers in a chance for the fourth seed in the NEC Tournament with a loss by Fairleigh Dickinson. SHU secures the opportunity to host the NEC Quarterfinal game which will take place on Monday, Mar. 9. The win also marks SHU's fourth straight victory of the season.

 

Turning Point

  • In overtime, A made layup and one by Adrianne Hagood off a feed by Nikki Johnson with 2:03 remaining in overtime put the Pioneers ahead 58-55.
  • A pair of free-throws by Hagood put the Pioneers ahead 60-55 with 1:42 remaining in overtime.
  • A free-throw by Jayla Davis just thirty seconds later put the Pioneers up six with 1:11 remaining.

  

Pioneer Points

  • Adrianne Hagood led the way for the Pioneers racking up 17 points going 4-14 from the field and 7-9 from the free-throw line while recording two made three pointers.
  • Jayla Davis also reached double figures, scoring 15 to go along with a team leading 10 boards to record her first double-double of the year.
  • Seven Pioneers scored four or more points in the win.
  • Olivia Dabney tallied four blocks, to go along with eight points and seven rebounds.

 

By the Numbers 

  • Brandy Thomas recorded a double-double, with 10 boards and 16 points leading the Sharks.
  • SHU dominated the free-throw line going 20-28.
  • SHU held LIU to just two points in overtime which kept the Pioneers ahead throughout the period.
  • Kiara Bell tallied 12 points for LIU going 4-15 from the field with going 4-4 from the free-throw line.

 

First Quarter 

  • Neither team picked up a point in the first 1:45 of the quarter and SHU went 0-3 from the field while LIU went just 0-2.
  • After a Nikki Johnson free-throw to put SHU up 1-0, LIU got on the board with a Brandy Thomas jump shot to put the Sharks ahead 2-0. SHU answered on the following possession with a layup by Jayla Davis to give the Pioneers a 3-2 lead with 7:22 left in the quarter.
  • Following an LIU free-throw, Carly Stroemel gave the Pioneers a 5-3 edge off a layup with 5:44 remaining.
  • The Sharks countered the Stroemel layup with a made basket by Kira Bell with 5:18 remaining in the quarter to tighten the SHU lead to 7-5.
  • Adrianne Hagood put the Pioneers on a 4-2 run off on a layup to give the Pioneers a 9-5 lead with 4:36 remaining.
  • With 2:30 remaining in the quarter, the Sharks cut the run of the Pioneers as a made three by Zhane Williams to cut the SHU lead to 9-8.
  • Nikki Johnson pushed the Pioneers ahead with a made three with under a minute left in quarter to put SHU ahead 14-10 with 54.4 remaining.
  • The first quarter concluded with SHU up by two 15-13 as a made three by LIU in the closing seconds was waved off.

 

Second Quarter

  • A made layup by LIU kicked off the scoring for the quarter to even the score a 15-15.
  • Carly Stroemel answered on the following possession with a layup to give SHU a 17-15 lead and to up her point total to four on the day.
  • With 8:28 remaining a made three by LIU's Ryan Weise put the Sharks ahead 18-17.
  • LIU then pushed on a 5-0 run to take a 20-17 lead with 6:43 remaining.
  • Allyson Murphy cut the run of the Sharks with 6:11 remaining in the quarter as she banked in a three pointer to even the score up a 20-20.
  • Murphy tallied her fifth point of the quarter on a jump-shot with 4:30 remaining in the quarter to put the Pioneers ahead 22-20.
  • A solid 7-0 run by the Pioneers racked up SHU's lead to four with 3:35 remaining with the Pioneers ahead 24-20.
  • A layup with 2:24 remaining in the quarter by Mia Perkins narrowed the SHU lead to two with SHU ahead 24-22.
  • A scoring drought for the last 2:24 of the quarter sent SHU leading still by two 24-22.

 

Third Quarter

  • A pair of free-throws by Mia Perkins kicked off the third quarter with 9:33 left to even the score at 24-24.
  • A made layup by Jayla Davis put SHU back in the lead as she made it a three point play off a made free-throw to give SHU a 27-24 lead with 8:39 remaining in the quarter.
  • Sonia Smith put SHU ahead by five off a breakaway layup with 7:12 remaining to make the score 29-24 and to put the Pioneers on a 4-0 run.
  • SHU kept on increasing the run as a made three by Olivia Dabney put the Pioneers ahead 32-24 with 6:50 remaining in the quarter.
  • Dabney added nailed her second three of the quarter with 5:53 remaining to put SHU ahead 35-24.
  • LIU countered off a made basket by Brandy Thomas with 5:31 left in the quarter to make the score 35-28.
  • LIU went on a quick 4-0 run to cut the Pioneers lead to a single possession with 4:15 remaining as SHU led 35-32.
  • The Sharks upped their run to 7-0 off a made free-throw and layup by Kiara Bell to even the score to 35 with 3:14 remaining in the quarter.
  • Adrianne Hagood sliced the LIU run as she banked in a three with under two minutes in the quarter to give SHU a 38-35 lead.
  • Sonia Smith cashed in her second basket of the quarter just seconds later to put the Pioneers ahead 40-35 with 46.3 seconds remaining.
  • Four made free-throws by the Sharks cut the Pioneers lead to 40-39 with just seven seconds remaining in the quarter.
  • SHU had the final word on scoring in the quarter a pair of free-throws by Adrianne Hagood sent SHU into the fourth quarter with a 41-39 lead.

 

Fourth Quarter

  • Hagood continued her impressive play with a three pointer to kick off the scoring in the quarter putting the Pioneers ahead 44-39 with 9:25 remaining in the quarter.
  • LIU countered with a pair of free-throws by Ryan Weise with 8:38 remaining to narrow the SHU lead to 45-41.
  • A made layup and one by Brandy Thomas with 8:01 remaining cut the SHU lead to just one with the score 45-44 in favor of the Pioneers.
  • Sonia Smith cut a scoring drought by both sides with 6:43 remaining in the quarter to give SHU a 47-44 lead.
  • LIU would even the score up at 47-47 off a basket by Brandy Thomas with 3:50 remaining.
  • SHU answered right back on the following possession as Nikki Johnson tallied her eighth point of the game on a layup with 3:24 remaining to put SHU back in the lead 49-47.
  • A made free-throw by Nikki Johnson put the Pioneers up three with 2:30 remaining.
  • LIU made the final 1:35 interesting off a layup by Kiara Bell to cut the SHU lead to just one with the score 50-49 in favor of the Pioneers.
  • After an LIU missed layup, the Sharks had to foul sending Jayla Davis to the line with 32.8 seconds remaining as she made one to put the Pioneers ahead 51-49.
  • A foul by the Pioneers with 26.2 seconds remaining sent Brandy Thomas to the line as she made both free-throws to even the score up at 51-51.
  • With 2.8 seconds remaining Jayla Davis banked the go-ahead layup to give SHU a 53-51 victory.
  • LIU came back though with a layup with one second remaining by Shyla Sanford for her first bucket of the game to send the game into overtime with the scored tied at 53-53.

 

Overtime  

  • Jayla Davis kicked of the scoring in overtime off a layup with 4:39 remaining to put SHU up 55-53.
  • Brandy Thomas evened the score at 55-55 for LIU with a breakaway layup with 3:07 remaining.
  • A made layup and one by Adrianne Hagood off a feed by Nikki Johnson with 2:03 remaining in overtime put the Pioneers ahead 58-55.
  • A pair of free-throws by Hagood put the Pioneers ahead 60-55 with 1:42 remaining in overtime.
  • A free-throw by Jayla Davis just thirty seconds later put the Pioneers up six with 1:11 remaining in the quarter.
  • With 30.7 seconds remaining and down by six, LIU was forced to foul as Olivia Dabney nailed two free-throws to put the Pioneers ahead 63-55.
  • The final nail in the coffin to the sharks came off a Davis free-throw to give the Pioneers the 64-55 victory in overtime.