Rookie head coach Jessica Mannetti improved to 2-2 this season after Sacred Heart's overtime victory over Saint Peter's. (Photo courtesy of Ray Floriani)
JERSEY CITY, NJ – Sacred Heart took another session. The Pioneers defeated Saint Peter’s 76-73 in a women’s basketball contest at the Yanitelli Center.
Entering the game, Sacred Heart was averaging 71 possessions, and Saint Peter’s 65. A difference of six possessions may not seem like many, but getting to game pace at those numbers, you have distinctive styles of play. Averaging 70-plus possessions puts you in an uptempo category. The mid-sixties, on the deliberate side with a hint you will push the ball if so inclined. The efficiencies entering the matchup:
Sacred Heart 93
Saint Peter’s entered decidedly subpar on offense, while Sacred Heart also had an offensive metric on the lower side. Given Sacred Heart’s defensive efficiency of an excellent 91, one can accept the 93 on offense. Saint Peter’s, on the other hand, showed a defensive efficiency of 103 for a 31 efficiency margin, therefore it was no surprise they were 0-3. Sacred Heart entered the Yanitelli Center at 1-2, with overtime losses to St. John’s and Villanova of the Big East. The final numbers:
Sacred Heart 83
St. Peter’s 82
Sacred Heart 92
St. Peter’s 89
Sacred Heart coach Jessica Mannetti was surprised to hear her club played good defense. The defensive metric did not lie. Mannetti, though, remembers the defensive breakdowns that stood out, (especially in containing St. Peter’s guards) and what needs fixing.
For Saint Peter’s, it was a decided improvement on offense and defense as they get better each time out. Antonia Smith, a junior guard for Saint Peter’s, paced all scorers with 22 points.