PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team used a strong third quarter to take the lead on Providence, but the Friars responded with a strong fourth quarter to come from behind and take down the Pioneers 62-52 on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore Adrianne Hagood scored a career-high 21 points in the game, and added three rebounds, one assist and one steal to lead the Pios. Grad student Erin Storck added nine points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals while sophomore Olivia Dabney and senior Candice Leatherwood tallied seven points apiece.
Sacred Heart struggled to find itself from the floor, shooting 15-for-55 (27.3 percent) for the game and 7-of-23 from three-point range. Providence shot 41.8 percent from the floor and outscored the Pios 34-14 in the paint.
Sacred Heart held a 46-43 lead entering the fourth quarter after a 20-9 run in the third, but the Friars took control over the final 10 minutes, outscoring SHU 19-6.
- Hagood connected on two from the foul line to open up the scoring, but SHU started the game 0-for-6 from the floor as PC built an 8-2 lead by the media timeout at 4:52.
- Davis drew a foul underneath and hit both free throws to make it 8-4, then followed with a three from the right wing to cut it to 8-7.
- After five straight from Providence, SHU ended the period on a 6-0 run to tie the score at 13 after one quarter. Down 13-8, Dabney hit two free throws, then fed Allyson Murphy for a three from the top of the key to tie it with 51 seconds left.
- SHU finished the first quarter just 2-for-12 from the field, while PC was 5-for-17.
- Hagood completed an and-one early in the second to get SHU within 17-16 after Providence opened with four straight points. Dabney followed with a floater in the lane to put SHU back up 18-17.
- Hagood broke the Friar's 7-0 run with a three to make it a one possession game once again, 24-21, going into the media timeout at 4:53.
- Overall, Providence went on a 17-5 run to take a 34-23 lead, its largest of the half going into the closing seconds.
- Hagood drained a three just ahead of the halftime buzzer from the right wing off a dish from Murphy to bring the score to 34-26 going into the locker room.
- SHU hit only one of its last seven field goal attempts of the half, finishing the half 6-for-27 overall, including 4-for-15 from three-point range.
- The Pios started the third quarter on a roll, scoring the first seven, and a 10-2 run overall to tie the game at 36.
- Dabney drained a triple from the left wing to get it within 34-31, and SHU kept the ball due to a foul away from the shot play on the play. The Pios took advantage as Storck found Hagood off the inbounds for two to make it 34-33.
- Storck re-tied the game with a triple at 5:21.
- Sacred Heart re-took a 39-38 lead when Leatherwood picked the pocket of the defender, then took a lob pass up ahead from Storck and finished it off for two, drew the foul, and completed the and-one with a free throw.
- Storck answered a Providence basket with her second triple of the quarter to make it 42-40 SHU.
- All told, the Pios outscored Providence 20-9 in the period and shot 7-for-13 to take a 46-43 lead into the fourth quarter. Strock led the Pios with seven points in the frame as SHU was a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
- Providence answered the strong SHU third quarter with a 19-6 fourth quarter of their own.
- Four straight from the Friar's gave them a one-point lead two minutes into the frame, before Leatherwood put SHU back up with a basket underneath at 7:12.
- From there, Providence ran off eight in a row, and started the quarter on a 12-2 run overall to build a 55-48 lead by the 5:08 mark, forcing a Pioneer's timeout.
- Hagood drained two free throws to get SHU within 57-50, then drove the lane and put one in off the glass to make it 57-52 with 1:08 remaining, giving her a new career-high 21 points.
- Providence got a layup on the offensive end and forced three consecutive empty SHU possessions to close the game, icing it away with three free throws in the closing seconds for the 10-point win.
The Pioneers will return home for their next matchup on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. when they host Monmouth at the Pitt Center.