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Williams Drops SFU Record 47 in Win Over Wagner

St. Francis Athletics

LORETTO, Pa. (March 3, 2014)  Alli Williams (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle) etched her name in the Saint Francis U women's basketball record book yet again, this time the senior poured in 47 points as SFU trounced Wagner, 101-75, in the 2013-14 regular season finale on Monday night.

Williams broke the single game scoring record at SFU, which was 46 points, held by Jess Zinobile from March 4, 2000. The senior reached the mark off a 15-of-25 shooting performance to go along with 14 rebounds to lead the way for the Red Flash (13-16, 11-7).

"It was a great weekend for us, we really played two of our better games of the season," SFU head coach Joe Haigh said.

Saint Francis secured the third seed in the Northeast Conference Tournament with the win and earned the right to host an NEC Quarterfinal game on Sunday, March 9.

The Flash will welcome the No. 6 Sacred Heart Pioneers to Loretto, the teams split in the two regular season meetings. SFU took the last meeting inside the Stokes Athletic Center on Feb. 8, 89-80.

"For Alli to end her regular season of her senior year by breaking the scoring record, I just couldn't be happier for her," Haigh continued.

Saint Francis and Wagner played a fairly back-and-forth first half as the lead changed 10 different times. The Seahawks (9-20, 8-10) held its largest lead of the entire game, just four minutes in, as it led 10-6.

The Red Flash' biggest lead in the opening period came with 3:29 to play after a jumper from Corissa Archer (Clermont, Fla./East Ridge), SFU led 39-31 at that point. Wagner battled back to within four at halftime as the Frankies led 45-41 at the break.

Each team traded baskets for the first portion of the second period until with 10:03 where SFU held a 63-60 advantage. The Flash would then go on a 38-15 run over the next 10 minutes to put the game completely out of reach for the Seahawks.

With two minutes to play, Alli Williams (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle) knocked down her fourth triple of the game, this time it was a record-setting shot from beyond the arc to put her at 47 points.

"It is neat to hold the scoring record, I couldn't have done it without my coaches or teammates trying to get me the ball all night," said Williams. 

Alexa Hayward (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) finished with 18 points, despite struggling to shoot from downtown. Shaqeia Stokes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) posted a new career-high as the junior had 16 points. Rebecca Keegan (Jessup, Pa./Valley View) added eight points and nine rebounds.

Saint Francis finishes the 2013-14 regular season with an 11-7 Northeast Conference record, a one game improvement from 2012-13, where SFU finished with a 10-8 record in league play.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times