LORETTO, Pa. – Sophomore Sydney Holloway (Morgantown, W.Va.) posted 23 points and 19 rebounds, but the Bryant University women's basketball team fell in the Northeast Conference Championship quarterfinal, 80-63, against the Sacred Heart University Pioneers on Wednesday night in Loretto.
No. 4 Sacred Heart 80, No. 5 Bryant 63
Records: Bryant 9-21 (8-10 NEC), Sacred Heart 14-16 (9-9 NEC)
Location: DeGol Arena (Loretto, Pa.)
COACH BURKE'S COMMENTS:
"I am kind of disappointed with the effort today, we definitely struggled offensively. When we do that, it is very tough to get our bounce defensively. I thought Sacred Heart did a great job, they came in prepared, the players came in with a passion about doing the things it takes to get your team into the semi-finals. We obviously fell short, we've been struggling the last five games or so, that seemed to carry over to tonight unfortunately. We're a young team, I hope that we can use this as a lesson, a building block moving forward on preparation, and doing what it takes to advance."
- SHU's Tykera Carter connected on a 3-point shot with 4:24 remaining in the first quarter to tie the game at 12 and shift the momentum toward the Pioneers.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Both teams played a tight first quarter, with SHU coming away with a three-point lead, 21-18, at the end of it. Sophomore Masey Zegarowski (Hamilton, Mass.) scored four points in the frame, including the game's opening basket on Bryant's first possession.
- The Pioneers opened up the game in the second quarter, taking a 43-31 lead into the half behind 11 points in the frame from Katherine Haines. Junior Haley Connors (West Hartford, Conn.) knocked down a 3-point basket to close out the half for Bryant on an assist from classmate Kierra Palmer (Aberdeen, Md.).
- Holloway scored five points in the quarter, while freshman Hannah Scanlan (Rumson, N.J.) and redshirt junior Naomi Ashley (Hamilton, Ont.) each added four, but SHU outscored the Bulldogs, 18-13, in the third quarter. After just five first-half rebounds, Holloway had 11 through the end of the quarter.
- Four Bulldogs scored in the final frame, one which Bryant tied Sacred Heart in with each team scoring 19 points. Ashley led both sides with eight points in the frame.
- Holloway was a rebound shy of her second 20-point, 20-rebound game of the season.
- Three Bulldogs scored in double figures. Holloway led both sides with 23, while Ashley scored 12 and Scanlan added 10.
- Palmer finished with a team-high four assists.
- The Bulldogs shot 90 percent from the free throw line, connecting on 18 of 20 shots from the stripe.
- Bryant turned the ball over just 12 times in the game.
- Holloway recorded her 17th double-double of the season and seventh in a row against the Terriers. She now leads the conference in the statistic, no longer tied with Wagner's Sierra Clark.
- The sophomore finished the season with 794 career points, just four shy of 10th place in Division I program history (Alex Klein).
- Wednesday marked the final game of senior captain Kathleen Everson's (Farmingville, N.Y.) career. Everson played in 44 games for the Bulldogs in her time in Smithfield, including all 30 as a senior.
- The game had an 8 p.m. start time, the latest of the season for Bryant.
- The Bulldogs competed in the NEC Tournament for the sixth-consecutive, qualifying in every season they have been eligible in the Division I era.