Freeport, Bahamas - A day after knocking off Auburn the SHU women's basketball team couldn't make it two straight upsets as Boston College claimed the 2010 Junkanoo Jam championship, 83-47 in the final. Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) led the Pioneers with 12 points and eight rebounds en route to being named to the all-tournament team. Tournament MVP Carolyn Swords had 21 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Eagles in the victory.
Sacred Heart (2-3) looked strong in the opening moments taking a 7-2 advantage on a Taylor three followed by a fast break layup from Morgan Merriman (Seattle, WA). The Pioneers then played stiff defense and forced the Eagles into a shot clock violation.
Boston College (6-0) then caught fire and went on an 11-2 run capped off by a trey from Kerri Shields. Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY) ended the run by driving the lane and finishing a layup in traffic to cut the SHU deficit to 13-11. Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) tied the game three minutes later at 15-15 as she drained one of the Pioneers seven triples of the afternoon.
The Eagles used a 9-2 spurt over the next three minutes to take a 24-17 advantage as Jaclyn Thoman hit a three-pointer and forced SHU head coach Ed Swanson to call timeout. Sacred Heart responded to its coach and got the next two baskets on fast break lay-ins from Apo and Evans.
BC relied on the power of its large front court players Swords and Stefanie Murphy to build the largest lead of the half going into the locker room. Swords had 12 points and seven rebounds in the first twenty minutes while Murphy posted 12 and five as the Eagles held a 38-25 cushion at the intermission. Murphy finished the afternoon with a team high 22 points to go along with 10 boards.
The Pioneers shot 33% from the floor in the first half and only 18% from three while the Eagles went 44% from the field but also struggled from beyond the arc at 18%. Taylor led the SHU effort with nine points and seven rebounds in the opening stanza.
Boston College stormed out of the break with a 14-2 run, the final blow coming on a Swords lay-in to make it a 52-27 affair. After a SHU timeout Thoman hit a pull-up three for the Eagles to keep the momentum in their favor.
Sacred Heart freshman Elise Lorenz (Santa Margarita, CA) saw her first collegiate action and Taylor sunk a three on the first possession with the 6-3 center in the game. The Pioneers cut into what had become a 34 point BC lead with back-to-back three's from Evans and Taylor. Kris Iovino (Murrysville, PA) also saw her first action of the season midway through the second half.
Iovino made it 70-40 with her first points of the season on a solid dribble-drive for a layup in traffic. The 5-11 junior then drilled her first three of the season from the left wing. Blair Koniszewsi (Vienna, VA) came off the bench to grab four rebounds and hit a three in her 10 minutes of court time. Markie Schmidt (Elkhorn, WI) also saw her first action of the year as the Pioneers rested their starters down the stretch. Boston College shot 54% in the second half to hold off Sacred Heart and stay unbeaten in 2010-11 with an 83-47 triumph.
The Pioneers improved to five-for-13 (39%) from three in the second half but fell off to 30% from the floor. The Eagles dominated the glass all afternoon, holding a 51-31 rebounding advantage. Sacred Heart ended the game shooting at 32% overall and 29% from three-point range.
Sacred Heart finishes the 2010 Junkanoo Jam tournament in second place in the Lucaya division and will return to Connecticut with the program's first win over a team from the SEC.
The SHU women's basketball team returns to action, and to its home floor, this Wednesday, December 1 for a 7:00 pm tip-off with Albany.