February 5, 2011

Sacred Heart Explodes In Second Half Of 73-45 Rout Of Terriers

Brooklyn Heights, NY – Four Pioneers reached double-digits in scoring as the SHU women's basketball team rolled past St. Francis (NY) 73-45 Saturday afternoon.  Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) netted a game high 23 points and shot 9-of-13 from the field, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.  The Pioneers posted a 50 percent mark from downtown for the second straight game as SHU tallied ten total trifectas.

St. Francis (NY) (2-20, 0-11 NEC) stormed out to an 8-2 advantage as Autumn Lau notched four straight points.  The Terriers forced the Pioneers into four turnovers in the game's opening four minutes.  However, SHU would own the turnover battle throughout the rest of the game and eventually caused 26 SFNY miscues while committing only 12 of their own.  The Pioneers came storming back with an 11-4 spurt to take a 13-12 lead.  Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) hit a fast break jumper for two of her 13 points to end the surge and force a Terrier timeout.

Sacred Heart (14-8, 8-3) built its largest lead of the first half at 32-25 as Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY) made an easy layup followed by a jumper from Taylor.  Evans would finish the game with 12 points, including a 5-of-6 mark at the charity stripe.  The Pioneers forced 14 Terrier turnovers in the opening half, which resulted in 17 SHU points.  St. Francis (NY) got the final points of the first half on a trey off the hands of Amber Lau. 

The Pioneers held a 32-28 advantage at the intermission while Taylor had 15 points in the first twenty minutes.  SHU went 12-for-32 (37.5 %) from the field in the first half compared to 55 percent (11-20) for the Terriers.

Sacred Heart came storming out of the break to blow the game wide open with a 16-2 run over the opening 3:23 of the second half.  Cosgrove and Taylor each hit a pair of triples during the stretch that made it a 48-30 affair.  Evans went on tear to score seven straight points for SHU as the Pioneers went up 59-36.  Alexis Campbell (Ashburn, VA) put in a reverse layup at the nine minute mark to give SHU a 25 point cushion.  Campbell put up new career highs of ten points and five steals in the victory. 

The Terriers managed just four field goals in the second half as the Pioneer defense locked down to hold the home team to 21 percent shooting in the final twenty minutes.  Kris Iovino (Murrysville, PA) got into the act with a triple of her own followed by another Cosgrove long ball that made it 69-38 with 5:41 to play.  Elise Lorenz (Queen Creek, AZ) added two points and Markie Schmidt (Elkhorn, WI) pulled in three rebounds as Sacred Heart emptied its bench down the stretch.  Campbell got the final points of the game on a jumper with 28 seconds left as the Pioneers cruised in for a 73-45 triumph.

Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, CA) keyed the SHU offense by tying a career high with seven assists.  The freshman point guard now has 31 helpers in the last six games and is averaging 4.3 assists per game against league opposition.  Taylor also matched a career best in the victory with five three-pointers.  The Pioneers finished the game with a 19-10 advantage in bench scoring and scored 36 points off of SFNY turnovers.  Sacred Heart is now 11-0 in 2010-11 when holding a lead at halftime.

The Pioneers will look to win a season best fifth consecutive game next time out as they return to Brooklyn Monday night for a match-up with NEC preseason favorite Long Island.  Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm.