by Nick Arias
In a very close game against the Sacred Heart Pioneers, the St. Francis Women’s basketball team (9-8, 3-2 NEC) was defeated by SHU (9-7, 5-0 NEC) in a final score of 68-66.
The Terriers struggled in the first quarter shooting 6-15 (40%) from the field. Their largest and only lead of the first half was the opening basket of the game scored at the 9:07 market of the 1st quarter.
Katherine Haines from Sacred Heart was unguardable in the 1st quarter as she was able to score 13 out of the 20 points that the Pioneers scored that quarter. Haines also recorded 15 rebounds and 11 blocks, notching her first career triple double.
Even with their offensive struggles in the first half, they also put a lot of pressure on the defensive end having the Pioneers turn the ball over 6 times and scoring 6 points off of turnovers. This defensive run was able to get the Terriers to only trail by 6 (36-30) at the half.
The Pioneers of Sacred Heart were able to lead the Terriers by as much as 20 with 3:24 left in the 3rd quarter. St. Francis finished the quarter off strong with Sophomore Ally Lassen making a lay up with a second left of quarter # 3, with the score of 60-46.
St. Francis continued to show their offensive presence in the game as the Terriers went on a 20-8 run to bring the game only within 2 points. This scoring run was led by Senior guard Amy O’Niell who finished the game with 20 points, 9 assists, and 9 rebounds.
O’Niell scored her final 15 points in the second half of the game and also shot 5-5 (100%) from the free throw line. Ally Lassen finished the game with 14 points of her own, shooting 43% from the field.
The score was 68-66 with :13 left to go in the game but the Terriers couldn’t get a shot up as the Pioneers were able to put pressure on the defence end. If St. Francis were able to get an open shot behind the 3 point line, they would have had the chance to take the lead.
With this tough loss, the Terriers are looking to bounce back as they take on LIU Brooklyn this Monday, January 21st, at 12:00pm just a couple of train stops away at the Steinberg Wellness Center.