Dominating Defensive Effort Not Enough for Women’s Basketball in 54-50 Loss to Stony Brook

Dominating Defensive Effort Not Enough for Women’s Basketball in 54-50 Loss to Stony Brook

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Despite holding the host Stony Brook to just 29 percent shooting and 3-for-15 from three, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team wasn't able to generate enough offense in a 54-50 loss to the Seawolves on Sunday afternoon from Island Federal Arena. The Pioneers drop to 2-3 on the season and remain winless playing away from home while Stony Brook continues a stellar start at 5-1 overall.

The second and third quarters loomed large in the outcome as the Pioneers were outscored 28-18 in that 20-miute stretch compared to a 32-26 advantage for SHU in the first and fourth quarters combined. The Seawolves also outrebounded the Pioneers 54-36 (+18) and shot 15 more free throw attempts in the contest to key the victory for the home side.

Jayla Davis came off the bench to net a season-high 14 points (5-10 FG, 3-4 FT) to lead the Pioneers in scoring. Jessica Woods registered her second straight double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three blocks. Woods' 11-point effort gives her five straight 10+ point outings to begin her career with SHU which stands as a Div. I school record (since 1999-00).

1st Quarter (13-6 SHU)

  • A productive start to the game saw the Pioneers jump out to a 13-6 lead after the first period, holding Stony Brook to 3-for-18 shooting while the Seawolves misfired on all five of their three-point attempts
  • The two sides combined for four points in the first 4:05 of play before the Pioneers rode a 6-0 run while holding Stony Brook scoreless for 5:13 minutes to build an early 8-2 advantage
  • Allyson Murphy hit the first three-pointer of the game to build SHU's largest lead of the quarter at 11-4 before finishing the frame with a 13-6 edge

2nd Quarter (20-18 SHU)

  • SHU's impressive defense continued into the second quarter as the Seawolves were held at six points more than two minutes into the frame
  • Woods canned a layup off a feed from Nikki Johnson, making it 15-6 SHU which was the largest lead of the game for either side
  • Stony Brook's offense found it's footing with a quick 7-0 burst over the course of 1:13 as three consecutive makes from the floor made it 15-13 Pioneers
  • Coming out of a timeout, the Pioneers drew up an Olivia Dabney layup to break up the Stony Brook scoring run
  • The Seawolves took their first lead of the game on an Oksana Gouchie-Porve three-pointer but Davis had an answer with a three of her own to give SHU the 20-18 halftime lead

3rd Quarter (34-31 Stony Brook)

  • After being held scoreless for the first half, SHU's leading scorer Adrianne Hagood connected for her first points of the day on a three-pointer with 5:41 remaining in the frame to make it 25-22 Pioneers
  • Following the Hagood triple, it was Stony Brook's turn to play stellar defense as the Pioneers were held without a field goal for the remainder of the quarter
  • With SHU generating offense at the free throw line (5-for-6 in the FG-less streak), Stony Brook took advantage with a 12-6 run to take a three-point lead into the fourth

4th Quarter (54-50 Stony Brook)

  • The outcome came down to the final minutes as Hagood made a three-pointer that cut the margin down to just two points with 2:19 remaining
  • Needing a stop on the other end, Stony Brook got a bucket on the very next possession from India Pagan that pushed the deficit back up to two possessions at 48-44
  • Another bucket from Stony Brook made it a six-point lead which stood deep into the final minute until Davis made a driving layup with 20 seconds left
  • Two free throw misses from Stony Brook were followed by a pair of makes from Woods as the Pioneers drew back to within two of the lead
  • Kaela Hilaire hit a pair of clutch free throws on one end before Davis drove to the hoop for a layup as the lead remained at two, setting up the play of the game as Hilaire went to the line again, making the first but missing the second, only to grab her own offensive rebound with her team up three and just four seconds remaining to ice the game away


  • Despite being outrebounded 54-36 in this one, including a decisive 26-12 margin in offensive rebounds, SHU still managed to outscore the Seawolves in second change points 8-4
  • The Pioneers also edged the Seawolves in points in the paint 24-20 and hit five three-pointers compared to just three for Stony Brook
  • Hagood came in having scored a career-high 29 points on Wednesday against Bridgeport and owned an NEC-leading 21.7 points per game average coming into play, but the junior guard plagued by foul trouble as she fouled out in only 22 minutes of action while going 3-of-11 from the floor for a season-low eight points
  • Dabney stuffed the stat sheet with seven points, five rebounds and three steals to go along with a career-high five blocks while she played the entire 40 minutes for the second time in her career
  • Johnson put forth a well-rounded effort as she tallied seven points, four rebounds and a career-high six assists before fouling out with just 27 minutes of action
  • The Pioneers' three starting guards – Hagood, Johnson and Murphy – all fouled out in this one
  • SHU took better care of the ball as the Pioneers committed a season-low 13 turnovers
  • Davis' 14 points is double the point total she accumulated in her first two games played of the season prior to today while she hit double figures in scoring for the fifth time in her career

The Pioneers spend the Thanksgiving holiday out in Las Vegas for the South Point Shootout with matchups set for Friday, Nov. 29 against Detroit Mercy followed by a meeting with Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 30. Both games will be played at the South Point Arena right on the prestigious Las Vegas strip.