Red Flash women earn dramatic win
LORETTO — Saint Francis’ Phee Allen had only taken two shots the entire game.
SFU’s Karson Swogger had only made two shots (on 11 attempts) the entire game.
However, the duo didn’t let what had happened prior to the last 25 seconds of the game get in their way as they combined on the winning basket.
Allen inbounded the ball to Swogger who drove into the foul line area. She kicked out to a wide open Allen who knocked down a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left in the game to give the Red Flash a 60-58 Northeast Conference victory over Sacred Heart on Saturday at DeGol Arena.
“Karson made that great assist to Phee,” Saint Francis coach Keila Whittington said. “Phee had the confidence to take that shot.”
The Pioneers still had plenty of time on the clock to tie or take the lead. After coach Jessica Mannetti called a timeout, SHU got exactly the look it wanted. However, Adrianne Hagood, who led all scorers with 20 points, had her driving layup blocked out of bounds by SFU’s Jenna Mastellone.
Mannetti called another timeout with 11.8 ticks to go, and once again, the Pioneers got the shot they wanted as Hagood got inside. However, she missed a wideopen layup with five seconds left.
Allyson Murphy grabbed the offensive rebound for Sacred Heart, but missed the quick jumper with three seconds remaining. Allen came up with the defensive rebound to secure the win.
“I’m at a loss for words right now. I don’t know what just happened,” Whittington said. “It’s a ‘W’, and it just took a lot of heart, a lot of desire and a lot of effort.”
The fact that Sacred Heart missed the layups would have been a surprise in most games, but, for whatever reason, the Pioneers couldn’t connect from in close all day as they managed to hit on just 13-of-42 layups.
Mastellone did more than come up with the big block in the closing seconds. The junior came off the bench to record a new career high with 14 points, including a 4-for-4 showing from 3-point range, as Saint Francis was able to score 27 points off the bench.
“We’re grateful for our players who came through in the second half of the game,” Whittington said. “Sometimes, it looks ugly in the first half, but they fight to the end, and that’s what we did.”
The 27 points were huge considering SFU’s two leading scorers, Swogger (eight points) and Haley Thomas (nine points), were held in check on the afternoon.
The win is also a testament to the fact that the Red Flash (7-10 overall and 5-1 NEC) have continued winning as every player has stepped up and gotten comfortable in knowing what their role is on any given night.
“Everyday we talk about ‘you do your part’,” Whittington said. “Whether it’s cheering from the sidelines, or whether it’s coming into the game and getting an assist or getting a rebound or defending. Whatever your role is, you come in and do your part. So, we’re grateful we have people who can come in and take over the scoring load.”
A spinning layup by Abigail Kangudie with 1:51 put Sacred Heart (6-10, 4-2) out in front for the final time (58-57) in a game that featured seven ties and 12 lead changes.
SACRED HEART (6-10, 4-2): Dabney 4-13 1-1 9, Stroemel 1-3 2-2 4, Smith 2-9 0-0 5, Hagood 7-19 4-4 20, Davis 6-14 2-4 15, Ziba 0-0 0-0 0, Murphy 1-6 0-0 3, Kangudie 1-4 0-0 2. Totals: 22-68 9-11 58.
SAINT FRANCIS (7-10, 5-1): Allen 2-3, 0-0 5, Dettwiller 3-8 0-0 6, Sabino 2-3 0-0 5, Thomas 3-5 2-2 9, Swogger 2-11 4-4 8, Dapaa 0-2 0-0 0, Benzel 1-3 0-0 3, Mastellone 5-7 0-0 14, Pollard 1-2 0-0 2, Miller 3-7 2-3 8. Totals: 22-51 8-9 60.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Sacred Heart 14 13 19 12–58
Saint Francis 11 13 22 14–60
3-point field goals: Sacred Heart 5-19 (Hagood 2-7, Murphy 1-1, Smith 1-2, Davis 1-4, Dabney 0-5); Saint Francis 8-17 (Mastellone 4-4, Allen 1-1, Thomas 1-1, Sabino 1-2, Benzel 1-2, Dapaa 0-1, Swogger 0-6). Rebounds: Sacred Heart 37 (Davis 7); Saint Francis 38 (Thomas 9). Assists: Sacred Heart 8 (Dabney 4); Saint Francis 13 (Swogger 5). Blocks: Sacred Heart 3 (Kangudie 2); Saint Francis 6 (Dettwiller, Thomas 2 each). Steals: Sacred Heart 7 (Smith 2); Saint Francis 2 (Allen, Swogger 1 each). Turnovers: Sacred Heart 6; Saint Francis 16. Total fouls: Sacred Heart 10; Saint Francis 10. Fouled out: none. Technicals: none.
Officials: Shawn Goode, Regina Odomes, Carmen Portorreal.