The win extends the Knights winning streak to 5 and moves them into the fourth spot ahead of the Pioneers in the NEC standings.
Meanwhile, SHU falls to .500 at 8-8 overall and 8-6 in NEC play.
FDU shot 8-15 (53.3%) from the field, 1-3 (33.3%) from three, and 3-4 (65%) from the free-throw line while SHU shot 6-16 (37.5%) from the field, 2-7 (28.6%) from three, and 4-6 (66.7%) from the free-throw line.
In total, FDU shot 27-48 (56.3%) from the field, 8-18 (44.4%) from three, and 10-15 (66.7%) from the free-throw line as SHU shot 21-54 (38.9%) from the field, 9-23 (39.1%) from three, and 15-18 (83.3%) from the free-throw line.
Stanley led the way for the Knights, scoring 17 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. Carbonell hit 3 three-pointers and exploded for 16 points off the bench while Scott and Roters added 11 points each.
For SHU, Johnson scored 21 points and hit 5 three-pointers while Hagood had 19 points for the Pioneers.
The current NEC standings are
- Mount Saint Mary’s
- Saint Francis University (PA)
- Sacred Heart
- Saint Francis Brooklyn
- Central Connecticut State University
Thank you for tuning in to our live blog coverage of the FDU women’s basketball team in their home finale from Stratis Arena inside the Rothman Center. Thank you to sports editor Anthony Covino for updates during the game, along with managing editor Amaya Morales for producing the live blog and student lifestyle editor Naniyah McClain for updating Twitter throughout the game.
FDU defeats SHU 72-66 to sweep the Pioneers and improve to 14-7 and 10-6 in NEC play.
Stanley knocks down two free throws to ice this one with 9 seconds remaining and the Knights leading 72-64.
Carbonell hits one of two from the stripe, but is able to extend the lead to 70-64 with 34 seconds left.
Crystian dishes it to Roters who lays it in to push the FDU lead to 69-61 with 43 seconds remaining.
Carbonell and Johnson trade baskets as Dabney draws a foul and knocks down both free throws. The Knights lead 67-61 with 1:07 to go.
Scott gets the layup to fall. She has 11 points as FDU leads 65-57 with two minutes left in the final quarter of play.
Stanley backs down her defender and floats it up and in. At the other end, the Pioneers are in the bonus as Hagood splits a pair from the line. The Knights remain in front 63-57 with 2:18 to go in the fourth quarter.
Hagood hits one of two from the stripe and hits a jumper to cut the SHU deficit down to 61-56 with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. She has 15 points for the Pioneers.
Johnson cuts the FDU lead down to 2, but three straight baskets pushes the Knights’ lead back to 8. It is 63-51 at the halfway mark of the fourth quarter.
Scott finds Carbonell who sticks the open three. That pushes the Knights’ lead back up to 55-51 with 7:33 left in the fourth quarter. She has 13 points leading the Knights with 3 three-pointers.
Ball movement leads to an open three for Johnson who puts it in off the assist by Ziba. She has 17 points, leading all scorers. The FDU lead is back down to 52-51 with 8 minutes remaining in the final quarter of play.
FDU leads SHU 52-48 heading into the fourth quarter of play. We are in for a dramatic finish after a back and forth contest all game long.
FDU shot 6-9 (66.7%) from the field, 2-2 (100%) from three, and 6-9 (66.7%) from the free-throw line while SHU shot 4-13 (30.8%) from the field, 2-4 (50%) from three, and 3-4 (75%) from the free-throw line in the third quarter
In total, FDU shot 19-33 (57.6%) from the field, 7-15 (46.7%) from three, and 7-11 (63.6%) from the free-throw line while SHU shot 15-40 (37.5%) from the field, 7-17 (41.2%) from three, and 11-12 (91.7%) from the free-throw line.
Carbonell has 10 points for the Knights with Stanley and Roters adding 9 a piece.
Johnson has led the way for the Pioneers with 14 points while Hagood has 12.
Hagood is fouled by Selvaggi and hits a pair from the free-throw line. The Knights remain ahead 52-48 with a minute to play in the third quarter.
Injury update: Kelsey Wood is on the bench with crutches and will not return to the game for the Pioneers. She had 6 points and 2 rebounds for SHU before exiting late in the second quarter.
Smith’s layup is good to cut the Knights’ lead to 52-46 with 1:41 left in the third quarter.
Stanley posts up and uses the glass to bank in the layup. She has 9 points as FDU leads the Pioneers 52-44 with two minutes remaining in the quarter.
Hammond is called for the foul, sending Crystian to the line. She hits both to give the Knights their largest lead of the game, leading 50-44 with 2:42 to go in the third quarter.
Carbonell knocks down a three off the assist by Scott. She has 10 points as that shot extends the FDU lead to 48-44 with 3:13 remaining in the quarter.
Smith finds Johnson who hits a three. She has 14 points as SHU trails by just one with five minutes left in the third quarter of play.
Wilson gets it go, plus the foul. She misses from the line, but the basket pushes the Knights lead back up to 45-41 with 5:23 remaining in the quarter.
Tiffany Hammond drills a three to cut the FDU lead to 43-41 with 5:45 left in the third quarter.
Hagood hits a jumper to cut the SHU deficit down to one possession. She is into double digits with 10 points for the game as the Pioneers trail 41-38 with 6:38 remaining in the quarter.
Davis fouls Roters, who hits a pair from the stripe to extend the Knights’ lead to 41-36 with 7:15 left in the third quarter. She has 9 points.
Mack knocks down a three, the 120th of her career to give her sole possession of sixth place in Knights history for three-pointers made. It gives FDU a 39-36 lead with 7:55 to go in the quarter.
Hagood splits a pair from the line to tie the game at 36 with 8 minutes remaining in the third quarter. She has 8 points for SHU.
Scott finds Stanley who gets it to fall to give FDU a 36-35 lead with 8:57 left in the quarter.
Roters gets the second half scoring started, banking in the floater. She has 7 points as the Knights still trail 35-34 with 9:31 to go in the third quarter.
FDU goes into halftime down 35-32 in a closely contested first half.
A back and forth first half ends with the Knights trailing heading into the locker room.
FDU shot 7-12 (58.3%) from the field, 3-6 (50%) from three, and 1-2 (50%) from the free-throw line as SHU shot 6-13 (46.2%) from the field, 2-6 (33.3%) from three, and 6-6 (100%) from the free-throw line in the second quarter.
FDU shot 13-24 (54.2%) from the field, 5-13 (38.5%) from three, and 1-2 (50%) from the free-throw line while SHU shot 11-25 (44%) from the field, 5-12 (41.7%) from three, and 8-8 (100%) from the free-throw line.
Carbonell leads FDU with 7 points off the bench with Roters adding 5 points along with Scott who has 5 points, and Stanley who has 5 points.
Johnson leads SHU with 11 points as Hagood added 7 points in the first half.
Carbonell gets the jumper to go to cut the SHU lead to 35-32. She has 7 points.
Wood walks off the court with some assistance. Something to watch for in the second half as Ziba checks in for her with 24 seconds remaining in the half.
Mack is called for the foul, that is her second personal that sends Hagood to the stripe. She hits both from the line to push the Pioneers’ lead back up to 35-30 with 56 seconds left in the first half. Hagood has 7 points.
Stanley finds an open Scott who steps into the three and puts it in. SHU remains in front 33-30 with a minute to play in the half.
Wood hits a pair from the line as Smith finds her trailing the play and lays it in on the fast break. The ‘no look’ pass sets up Wood who has 6 points as the Pioneers extend their lead to 33-27 with two minutes remaining in the first half.
Stanley knocks down one of two from the free-throw line to cut the SHU lead down to 2. She has 5 points as it is 29-27 with 2:53 to go in the half.
Johnson’s jumper falls as her hot shooting night only continues. She has 11 points for the Pioneers, leading all scorers as they lead the Knights 29-26 with 3:11 left in the first half of play.
Back-to-back threes by Roters and Carbonell cut the Pioneers’ lead to 27-26 with 3:28 to go in the first half. Carbonell has provided instant offense off the bench with 5 points.
Hagood hits a pair from the line as Johnson finds Ziba who splashes a three from downtown. SHU’s lead is now up to 27-20 with 5:36 left in the half.
Selvaggi’s layup is good off the find by Carbonell to cut the Pioneers’ lead to 22-20 with 6:17 remaining in the second quarter.
Celia Carbonell hits a jumper as Sonia Smith lays it in. Both teams continue to trade baskets as SHU remains in front 22-18 with 6:46 to go in the half.
Dabney is called for the foul, that is her second personal so she heads to the bench. Early foul trouble for the Pioneers with 7:17 to go in the first half.
Marie-Laeticia Ziba finds an open Johnson who drills another three. She has 9 points, all of which have come from behind the arc. SHU leads 20-16 with 8:13 remaining in the second quarter.
Davis gets the jumper to fall as Roters gets on the board for the Knights to make it 17-16 Pioneers with 8:45 to go in the first half.
Johnson drills a three to give SHU a 15-14 lead at the end of one quarter of play.
The Knights shot 6-12 (50%) from the field, 2-7 (28.6%) from three and shot zero free throws.
The Pioneers shot 5-13 (38.5%), 3-6 (50%) from three and 2-2 (100%) from the free-throw line.
Johnson had 6 points for SHU to lead the way while Stanley had 4 points for FDU.
Hagood hits a three to give the Pioneers the lead, but it is short lived as Crystian knocks down a three to put the Knights back in front 14-12 with 30 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Foul called on Taylor Crystian sends Dabney to the free-throw line, who sinks a pair to cut the FDU lead to 11-9 with 1:30 to go in the first quarter play.
Wilson posts up her defender and banks in the layup. FDU leads the SHU 11-7 with 1:43 left in the first quarter.
Scott’s pull up jumper is good as Hagood launches a three and hits to make the score 9-7 in favor of the Knights with 3:27 remaining in the quarter.
Stanley drives and lays it in to extend the FDU lead to 7-4 with 6:38 to go in the first quarter.
Wood cuts to the basket and gets the layup to go off the assist by Davis. Stanley responds with a layup of her own. FDU leads the Pioneers 5-4 with 7:54 left in the quarter.
Davis opens up the scoring, getting a layup to fall. Mack answers with a three to give the Knights a 3-2 lead with 9:15 to go in the first quarter.
Starting lineup for FDU is Madeline Selvaggi, Devyn Scott, Maria Roters, Lindsey Mack and Madison Stanley.
Starting lineup for SHU is Nikki Johnson, Jayla Davis, Olivia Dabney, Adrianne Hagood and Kelsey Wood.
Good afternoon and welcome to the final women’s basketball live blog of the regular season. FDU will be hosting Sacred Heart at Stratis Arena in the Rothman Center in Hackensack, NJ. I am Charles Elmo, sports writer for the Equinox joined by sports editor Anthony Covino, who will be providing updates during the game. Managing editor Amaya Morales will be producing today’s live blog while student lifestyle editor Naniyah McClain will be updating Twitter throughout the game.
Yesterday’s win pushed FDU’s record to 13-7, 9-6 in NEC play while the loss for SHU dropped them to 8-7, 8-5 in NEC play.
Chole Wilson notched a career-high 16 points for the Knights in the 74-56 win.
The current NEC standings are as follows:
- Mount St. Mary’s
- Saint Francis University
- Sacred Heart
- St. Francis Brooklyn
- Central Connecticut
FDU’s leading scorers coming into the regular season finale are senior forward Madison Stanley with 13.8 PPG and sophomore guard Maria Roters with 10.6 PPG.
SHU’s leading scorers are senior guard Adrianne Hagood with 12.7 PPG and graduate student guard Nikki Johnson at 9.1 PPG.
After yesterday’s dominant offensive performance, the Knights will look to build on it to sweep the Pioneers and punch their ticket to the NEC Tournament.