Flash end 2-game slide

From Mirror reports

LORETTO — The Saint Francis women’s basketball team ended a two-game losing streak Wednesday afternoon, thanks to a 72-67 overtime win at home over Northeast Conference foe Sacred Heart.

The Red Flash are now 12-6 overall and 10-2 in the league. The Pioneers fell to 8-6 overall and 8-4 in the league. It was the second straight day the two teams played into overtime.

Jada Dapaa picked up her fourth double-double of the season, registering 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Karson Swogger led the Red Flash with 17 points. Both made free throws down the stretch in overtime to seal the victory.

Saint Francis held a two-point lead with under 30 seconds to go, but Sacred Heart had possession and tied the game on a layup with 15 seconds left, sending the game to overtime for the second night in a row. A Dapaa offensive rebound and putback gave the Red Flash its first lead of overtime, and Saint Francis never surrendered it again for the win.

Swogger broke the ice with a layup for the first basket of the game, and continued to make her presence felt by assisting on the next two Red Flash field goals to take a 6-2 lead after 2:35 of play.

The Red Flash defense continued to hold strong early, and a Jenna Mastellone 3-pointer sent SFU into the first media timeout up, 11-6. Late in the first quarter, Haley Thomas put the Red Flash up eight, its biggest lead up to that point. A buzzer-beater at the foul line from Swogger gave Saint Francis an 18-13 advantage after one.

Sacred Heart opened the second quarter on a 6-2 run of its own to cut the lead to one, but a fast-break layup from Thomas and a Sam Miller post score pushed the lead back to five at the media timeout. Out of the timeout, the Red Flash stayed hot, using a 12-0 run to stretch the lead from 20-19 to 32-19 with 2:30 remaining in the first half. The Pioneers cut into the Red Flash lead, but Saint Francis held a 32-25 at halftime.

Swogger opened the scoring for the Red Flash in the second half as well, burying a 3 to put Saint Francis up eight. Both defenses stood strong to start, with the teams going 7-7 in the first six minutes of the third quarter prior to the media timeout. In the final four minutes of the quarter, the Red Flash outscored Sacred Heart by two to take a 49-40 lead into the fourth.

GAME NOTES: Katie Dettwiller recorded a career-high four blocks. This is her fourth game this season with at least three blocks and the eighth of her careerk. … Dapaa picked up her fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. … Swogger scored in double figures for the 13th-straight game. … Lili Benzel made a 3-pointer for the 25th-consecutive game. … Saint Francis travels to Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday for the first game in the home-and-home series. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and NEC Front Row.

SACRED HEART (67): Hammonds 3-7 0-0 6, Hagood 13-24 2-2 31, Davis 4-14 1-1 9, Wood 2-7 4-5 8, Dabney 2-5 0-0 4, Johnson 1-11 0-2 2, Ziba 3-7 0-0 7. Totals: 28-75 7-10 67.

SAINT FRANCIS (72): Swogger 5-16 6-6 17, Maxwell 4-7 0-0 8, Dettwiller 3-10 1-2 7, Thomas 3-7 0-0 7, Benzel 1-4 0-0 3, Dapaa 5-9 6-8 16, Mastellone 2-5 2-2 8, Miller 2-4 2-2 6. Totals: 25-62 17-20 72.


Sacred Heart 13 12 15 21 6 — 67

Saint Francis 18 14 17 12 11 — 72

3-point field goals: SH 4-14 (Hammonds 0-1, Hagood 3-4, Davis 0-1, Dabney 0-1, Johnson 0-4, Ziba 1-3); SFU 5-15 (Swogger 1-9, Thomas 1-2, Benzel 1-2, Mastellone 2-2). Rebounds: SH 42 (Wood 10); SFU 44 (Dapaa 12). Technical fouls: None


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