Women’s Basketball Defeats Sacred Heart 65-60 in Nationally Televised Game

By Anthony Covino
Sports Editor

The Knights defeated Sacred Heart 65-60 in their fifth NEC game of the season. This game was televised live on SNY. 

FDU improved to 6-10 with a 3-2 record in the NEC, while the Pioneers fell to 6-9 with a 3-1 record in the NEC.

Sophomore guard Rachael Niles, who had 11 points, lead the scoring and Maria Roters, their freshman international guard from Spain, added 10 more points for FDU. 

The Knights shot 25-52 (48.1%) from the field, 8-21 (38.1%) from three, and 7-14 (50%) from the free throw line. 

The Pioneers were led by preseason All-NEC selection sophomore guard Adrianne Hagood who had 14 points. Junior guard Jayla Davis had 13 points.

Sacred Heart shot 16-47 (34%) from the field, 5-17 (29.4%) from three, and 23-31 (74.2%) from the free throw line.

The FDU women’s basketball program has improved from last season, with their sixth win midway through the season. In comparison, last year they finished with a total of 8 wins. 

Coach Angelika Szumilo has turned the FDU Women’s Basketball program around after last season which ended in former head coach Pete Cinella being relieved of his duties.

Szumilo has established a new culture and chemistry in the locker room where all the players want to perform better. 

The Knights will look to extend their winning streak to 2 games as they will host Central Connecticut State who is 1-14 on the season with a 0-4 record in the NEC on Monday, January 20th at at 1p.m.

The Pioneers will look to get back in the win column as they will travel to play Saint Francis University who is 5-10 with a 3-1 record in the NEC on Saturday, January 18 at 4p.m.

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Photo via FDU Women’s Basketball Twitter

Rachael Niles shot 3-4 from 3 point range and recorded 4 rebounds in the win against Sacred Heart