BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, New York — The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers found themselves in a tightly-contested battle with the Sacred Heart Pioneers, but used a strong second half surge to pull away with a 63-48 victory.
This victory brings the Terriers to a record of 8-12 overall and 4-5 in Northeast Conference play, which is tied for 5th place with LIU and Mount St. Mary’s.
Judging by their brief 7-4 lead in the first quarter, Sacred Heart seemed to be in control, but that didn’t carry over.
The second half belonged to the Terriers. Led by Jade Johnson, they pioneered an 11-2 run early in the final period, resulting in their largest lead, 53-34.
St. Francis Brooklyn simply lit it up offensively, outscoring the Pioneers 32-18 in the paint and shooting 6-13 from long range.
Johnson came to life in the second half, scoring 18 of her game-high 23 points. Johnson shot an impressive 4-7 from long distance while swiping the ball three times and grabbing three boards.
Maria Palarino added 12 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block.
Amy O’Neill had a balanced night, tallying nine points, six dimes and five boards.
The Pioneers were led by Jayla Davis’ 12 points.
Abigail Kangudie pulled down eight boards to go along with two blocks.
Tykera Carter chipped in 10 points, three boards and two steals.
The Terriers have time to enjoy this win, before visiting Wagner Saturday, February 3. St. Francis will have a chance to sweep the season series against the Seahawks.