WRITTEN BY FRANK STAMPFL

The St. Francis College Lady Terriers (3-23 overall; 2-13 NEC) lost a close game with Sacred Heart University Lady Pioneers (20-6 overall; 13-2 NEC) by the score of 57 – 53 led by Ericka Norman who scored a game-high 19 points.

Jaymee Veney finished with a team-high 13 points.

Game Recap:
Sacred Heart had two players score in double digits in the win Saturday against St. Francis. Ericka Norman filled up the stat sheet in this game. She scored a game-high 19 points on 7-18 shooting with six assists, three rebounds, and four steals. Her teammate Callan Taylor neared a double double with 14 points and eight rebounds.

St. Francis on the other hand only had one player in double digits in this game. Jaymee Veney scored a team-high 13 points off the bench on 6-9 shooting with seven rebounds in 25 minutes of play. Jasmin Robinson also chipped in with eight points, nine rebounds, and three assists.

St. Francis kept the game close the whole time as Sacred Heart’s largest lead in the game was just nine points. The score was also tied eight times in the game and there was four lead changes.

Despite losing the game, St. Francis forced many missed shots, holding Sacred Heart to just 33.3-percent shooting overall and 21.4-percent from three-point range. The Lady Terriers actually outshot their opposition making 38.6-percent of their shots.

Sacred Heart took advantage of turnovers scoring 15 points off 15 St. Francis turnovers. The Lady Terriers scored just four points off turnovers in the game.

Sacred Heart also went to the foul line almost double the amount of times that St. Francis did (18 attempts opposed to just 10). The Lady Pioneers made 14-18 free throw attempts (77.8-percent) meanwhile the lady terriers made just 5-10.

The three remaining games for St. Francis this season will be on the road. Their next game will be against Quinnipiac in Hamden, CT on Monday, Feb. 20 at 7p.m.

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Final: SHU 57 – SFC 53

0:31 – Jasmin Robinson makes both free throws but St. Francis trails 55-48.

1:11 – St. Francis is down 53-46 following the breakaway layup by Ericka Norman.

4:10 – Callan Taylor knocks down another three. The Lady Pioneers lead 49-45.

6:10 – Jaymee Veney brings St. Francis within one points with the score. SFC trails 44-43.

8:00 – Sacred Heart takes a TO and have regained the lead 40-36.

12:43 – St. Francis is on an 8-0 run and have taken the lead following the layup by Jessica Kaufman.

14:23 – Jaymee Veney powers to the basket and scores. St. Francis trails 35-32.

15:25 – At the media TO, the Lady Terriers trail 35-28.

16:54 – Sarah Benedetti hits back-to-back three pointers for St. Francis. They trail 31-27.

18:12 – Sacred Heart starts the second half on a 5-0 run after Callan Taylor’s three-point bucket. SFC trails 28-21.

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First Half Recap: The St. Francis Lady Terriers trail 23-21 at the half against the first-place Sacred Heart Lady Pioneers.

Freshmen forward Jaymee Veney is the leading scorer in the game with six points on 3-5 shooting. She is also tied for the team-lead in rebounds with four along with Jessica Kaufman.

So far it has been guard Ericka Norman for Sacred Heart who has been taking over for them. She has eight points on 4-12 shooting with two rebounds and two assists.

St. Francis has played fantastic defense in the first half holding their opposition to just 31-percent shooting overall on 9-29 shooting. They have also held Sacred Heart to just 16.7-percent three-point shooting (1-6).

Despite their stifling defense, the Lady Terriers are shooting just 34.5-percent in the game on 10-29 shooting overall.
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Halftime: SHU 23 – SFC 21
1:02 – Gabrielle Washington makes nice move to the basket and scores. Sacred Heart leads 21-17.

3:33 – Callan Taylor sinks both free throws for Sacred Heart and they grab the lead 17-15.

5:23 – Jasmin Robinson gives St. Francis the lead with a strong move to the basket, 15-13.

7:00 – The Lady Terriers are down 13-10 following a jumper made by Morgan Merriman.

10:15 – Stefanie Bingham ties the game for St. Francis at 8-8 following a jump shot.

11:50 – The game is tied 6 apiece at the media TO and will resume with two Sacred Heart free throws.

14:10 – Sacred Heart takes a 6-4 lead following the score.

17:50 – SFC women are tied early 2-2 following a layup by Jessica Kaufman.
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Game Preview:
This game is the 30th meeting all-time where Sacred Heart leads the head-to-head series 20-9. The Lady Terriers will try to end a five-game losing skid in game.

Sophomore guard Jasmin Robinson is coming off two great scoring performances (both against LIU) posting 14 points and 17 points in the games. She is shooting 47-percent from the field and 73-percent from the free-throw line over those games. The 17-point performance was a season-high for the second-year guard.

Over the last five games for St. Francis, three Lady Terriers are close to averaging double-digits in points per game. Freshmen Jaymee Veney is averaging 9.8 points while Jasmin Robinson is second with 9.2 and Sarah Benedetti with 8.8 points per game.

Callan Taylor is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Lady Pioneers. She is averaging 16.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game and is ranked fourth in the conference in scoring and second in rebounding.

The St. Francis College athletics department will host the 5th annual “Shoot For a Cure” today as well. The college is committed to raise cancer awareness and promote healthy living.

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