Haines Joins 1,000-Point Club, Women’s Basketball Wins Sixth Straight with 72-64 Win over Wagner

Haines Joins 1,000-Point Club, Women’s Basketball Wins Sixth Straight with 72-64 Win over Wagner

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Another day, another Sacred Heart women's basketball victory as the Pioneers toppled Wagner, 72-64, on Monday afternoon from the Pitt Center. The win ups Sacred Heart's win streak to six as the Pioneers remain unbeaten in NEC play at 6-0 and hit double digits in the win column, moving their record to 10-7 overall. Wagner drops to 5-12 overall and 3-3 in the NEC with the loss.

After recording the program's first-ever triple-double in Saturday's win at St. Francis Brooklyn, grad student Katherine Haines etched her name in the record books again and became the 20th player in program history and the 13th in Sacred Heart's Division I era (since 1999-2000) to score 1000 career points. Needing 16 points to join the 1000-point club, Haines finished with 19 on the afternoon, going 8-for-14 from the floor.

Candice Leatherwood filled the stat sheet as the redshirt senior guard tallied a game-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes. Adrianne Hagood also netted double figures, finishing with 12 points to go along with six rebounds in the victory. The win gives Sacred Heart its best start to a conference season since 2009-10 when the Pioneers also started 6-0 in the league slate. 

SCORE

Sacred Heart 72 / Wagner 64

RECORDS

Sacred Heart (10-7, 6-0 NEC) / Wagner (5-12, 3-3 NEC)

LOCATION

Pitt Center / Fairfield, CT

SHU STAT LEADERS

  • Points: Leatherwood 20, Haines 19, Hagood 12
  • Rebounds: Leatherwood, Hagood, Storck each with 6
  • Assists: Leatherwood and Storck each with 5
  • Steals: Hagood 2
  • Blocks: Storck 3

First Quarter (16-10 SHU)

  • Hot shooting, capped by a Hagood triple, ignited an early 7-2 Pioneer advantage that forced Wagner into an early timeout just 2:28 into the opening frame
  • The teams traded a pair of runs afterwards, the Seahawks rode a 6-0 run to claim their first lead of the game, while Hagood started a 7-0 Pioneer run that gave SHU their biggest lead of the quarter at 14-8
  • Defenses dominated the remainder of the first as the two sides combined for just six points in the final 4:57 of the first
  • SHU made three of their first four shots of the period and finished 5-of-12 overall (41.7%) while holding Wagner to just 4-of-14 (28.6%) shooting overall

Second Quarter (34-29 SHU)

  • Wagner blitzed Sacred Heart with a 15-7 run in the opening 4:32 of the second quarter that forced Coach Mannetti into a timeout with the Seahawks leading 25-23
  • Coming out of the timeout, Candice Leatherwood drained a three-pointer at the top of the key and Hagood flashed great skill with a hop-step on the fast break to swing momentum back in favor of the home team
  • Following the timeout, SHU outscored Wagner 11-4 and claimed a 34-29 halftime advantage
  • The Pioneers put together another quality showing from the floor, going 7-of-14 overall and 4-of-9 from three on their way a five-point lead
  • Hagood led all scorers at the break with 10 points while the Pioneers dished out assists on nine of their 12 made field goals (75 percent)

Third Quarter (51-45 SHU)

  • A 9-0 Wagner run, in which the Seahawks made all four of their shot attempts to open the second half, gave the visitors a 38-34 lead less than three minutes into the quarter
  • Much like the Coach Mannetti timeout from the second quarter, her team responded again off a timeout first with a Leatherwood triple that led to an 10-0 run and the lead to swing back in favor of the Pioneers
  • The Pioneer defense really locked in midway through the frame, holding Wagner scoreless for just under five minutes and without a field goal for 5:51 straight minutes in the quarter
  • SHU cashed in at the free throw line, going 8-of-10 (80 percent) over the final 4:51 of the quarter
  • Free throws accounted for eight of the final 10 points scored by SHU in the third quarter

Fourth Quarter (72-64 SHU)

  • Leatherwood hit double figures with a big and-one bucket to open the quarter and followed with a dish to Haines on the fast break to ignite the home crowd and give the Pioneers their first double digit lead of the game, 56-45
  • Haines made history, scoring the 1000th and 1001st point of her career on a layup with 3:38 remaining coming off a great feed from Allyson Murphy at the top of the key
  • Tense moments followed late in the frame as Wagner cut the Sacred Heart advantage to just six points with 1:38 remaining but Erin Storck stroked a free throw line jumper with 1:06 left that calmed the nerves and stretched the lead to 69-61
  • The tandem of Leatherwood and Haines dominated large stages of the quarter as the pair combined for 19 of the Pioneers' 21 points in the frame

NOTES

  • Leatherwood led the team in scoring for the third time this season and the fourth time in her career
  • This marked the third time Leatherwood scored 20-plus points in a game this season and the second time in NEC play (scored 20 at Wagner on Jan. 12)
  • Leatherwood dished out five assists against just two turnovers as she continues to distribute the ball well in NEC play, marking her sixth straight game with at least three assists and a positive assist-to-turnover ratio
  • Hagood hit double figures for the sixth straight game and the 11th time this season (16 games played)
  • Haines joins Hagood with 10+ points in six straight games as she is averaging 20.5 PPG (51.1 FG%) and 10.2 RPG through six conference games
  • Storck's five assists and three blocks each matched a career high
  • Sacred Heart has outscored the opposition in the first half of all six NEC games (SHU 162-128 combined first half scores)
  • For the season, Sacred Heart is 10-1 in games the Pioneers are leading at halftime
  • The win marks the 11th straight win for Sacred Heart over Wagner (last loss 79-70 at Wagner 1/13/14)
  • The Pioneers upped their home winning streak against the Seahawks to 17 straight
  • The only defeat SHU suffered to Wagner at home came in a 74-44 loss to the Seahawks on Jan. 18, 2000 which was the Pioneers' first season at the Div. I level

UPCOMING GAMES

The Pioneers embarks on their longest trek of the season to Western PA where they'll take on St. Francis U (Jan. 26 – 4 PM) and Robert Morris (Jan. 28 – 7 PM). This marks the first NEC meeting for Sacred Heart against the teams picked to finish first (SFU) and second (RMU) in the league's preseason poll.