Fairfield, Conn. (January 23, 2017) – A corner three from Shelby Hickey with just 25 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner as Sacred Heart edged Mount St. Mary's University, 49-45, in Northeast Conference women's basketball action Monday night at the Pitt Center.
Adaysha Williams found Hickey open in the near corner, and Hickey knocked down the three-pointer to give Sacred Heart a 47-45 lead, its first advantage since early in the fourth quarter.
Kayla Agentowicz had an open look from long range on the other end for the Mount, but her shot rimmed out as the rebound was collected by the Pioneers. Hickey was fouled on the ensuing inbounds and converted a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left to extend the SHU lead to 49-45.
The Mountaineers weren't able to convert on their next possession as Sacred Heart went on for the four-point victory to improve to 10-9 overall and 7-1 in conference. The Pioneers ended the Mountaineers' two-game winning streak, dropping them to 5-14 on the year and 3-5 in NEC play.
Katherine Haines led the Pioneers with a double-double, tallying 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Hannah Kimmell helped pace the squad with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Mikal Johnson knocked down a trio of three-pointers to lead the Mount with 11 points, her ninth double-figure scoring performance of the season. Caroline Hummell chipped in with eight points and six boards, and Juliette Lawless added seven points and a career-high eight rebounds.
The Mount opened a 10-5 lead midway through the first as Lawless provided a spark off the bench. Lawless found Katrice Dickson with a nice pass in transition for an easy layup, before completing a three-point play of her own to stake the Mount out to an early five-point advantage.
Mount St. Mary's held a four-point lead at the opening of the second period, but the Pioneers erased the deficit to even the contest at 13-all just two minutes into the frame. The Mountaineers responded with the next five points on a pair of free throws from Dickson and another traditional three-point play from Lawless to grab their largest lead of the contest, 18-13.
Hummell got going in the final minutes, scoring the Mountaineers' final pair of buckets of the half as they headed into the break with a three-point lead, 24-21.
Sacred Heart tallied the first six points of the third quarter to take its first lead since the 7:21 mark of the first period, but the Mount answered with a corner three from Johnson and a tough layup from Ashlee White to re-take a 29-27 advantage at the midway mark of the stanza.
The Mountaineer defense held Sacred Heart to just four points in the final 6:39 of the third to take a 35-31 lead into the final quarter of play.
Sacred Heart jumped ahead by one, 38-37, at the 6:38 mark of the fourth, but the Mount responded with five straight on a big corner three from Johnson and a layup from Alexis Carter to gain back momentum and re-take a 42-38 lead.
A pair of free throws from Kimmell cut the Mount advantage to 45-44, before Hickey knocked down her huge three-pointer to put the Pioneers up 47-45. Hickey's free throws on the Pioneers' next possession and a couple missed shots from the Mountaineers closed out the 49-45 Sacred Heart victory.
The Mount returns home to face Robert Morris on January 28 at 1 p.m. as part of Mount St. Mary's Winter Homecoming.