Smithfield, RI – Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) knocked down her 245th career three-pointer in a 74-54 win over Bryant Saturday evening to become the 16th player in Sacred Heart history to reach the 1,000 point milestone. Cosgrove entered the day at 986 total points and reached the 1,000 plateau at the 12:25 mark of the second half with the fourth of her five trifectas of the game. Cosgrove is the SHU all-time leader in three point baskets and now sits at 246 treys. Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, CA) poured in a career best 19 points and dished out four assists while Alexis Campbell (Ashburn, VA) also added 11 points.
Sacred Heart (16-10, 10-5 NEC) got the first points of the game on a Norman layup, a bucket that started the freshman's 7-of-11 shooting for the game. Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY) made a mid-air adjustment to finish an acrobatic layup that gave the Pioneers a 10-8 lead just under six minutes into the first period. Evans finished the evening with nine points and struck from downtown two minutes later to make it 16-10, SHU. The Pioneers polished off a 13-2 run on five straight points from Cosgrove to take a 23-11 advantage with 7:06 left in the half.
Bryant (8-18, 5-10) saw the Pioneer lead pushed to 17 at 32-15 as Morgan Merriman (Seattle, WA) found a lay-in inside for two of her nine points. The Bulldogs found some traction with an 8-2 spurt that included four second-chance points. Elise Lorenz (Santa Margarita, CA) put an end to the surge with a baseline jumper, her only points of the contest to go along with a pair of rebounds. Norman drove the lane for an easy layup just before halftime as Sacred Heart went into the intermission with a 39-27 cushion.
Meredith Soper opened the second half for Bryant by getting a jumper in the lane to fall for two points. The Pioneers responded with six unanswered points, the final two coming on a pair of Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) free throws. Taylor finished the day with only four points but led Sacred Heart on the glass by securing 11 rebounds. SHU maintained its double digit lead and pushed the edge to 51-36 with 13:30 to play on a layup from Merriman, which was setup by a nice entry pass from Taylor.
The next trip up the floor saw Cosgrove's milestone three-pointer splash down from the right wing followed by a timeout from Pioneer head coach Ed Swanson as the Bryant crowd applauded the senior guard's achievement. On the next two SHU possessions Norman used some fancy cuts and went high off the glass for a pair of lay-ins that gave SHU a 20 point advantage at 58-38 at the 11:10 mark.
Cosgrove stayed hot and hit another long ball with 4:57 remaining in regulation to make it a 65-43 affair. Blair Koniszewski (Vienna, VA) drained a three-pointer of her own down the stretch as the Pioneers cruised home for the 74-54 triumph. Courtney Schissler had Bryant's only trey of the evening with 1:52 left in the second half as the Bulldogs finished the game 1-of-14 (7.1%) from beyond the arc.
Sacred Heart shot a blistering 50 percent (26-52) from the field, including 56 percent (14-25) in the first half. Bryant was forced into 19 turnovers as the Pioneer defense held the Bulldogs to 34.5 percent (19-55) shooting and under 30 percent (9-31) in the opening twenty minutes. The Pioneers are now 12-0 this season when taking a lead into the locker room at halftime. Bryant was led by 17 points from Danielle Douglas.
The Pioneers entered the game as the top free throw shooting in the conference and not disappoint at the charity stripe, shooting 79 percent (15-19) from the line. The Bulldogs struggled with their free throws and connected on just 15-of-25 attempts, 60 percent.
The SHU women's basketball team moves into a tie for second place in the Northeast Conference standings following a Robert Morris loss. However, the standings remain tightly packed as six teams sit within one game of each other with only three games reamining in league play.
Sacred Heart takes on one of those teams on the road Monday night as the Pioneers face-off with Central Connecticut State inside Detrick Gym at 7:00 pm.