Philadelphia, PA—The Pioneers battled, but Saint Joseph's handed them their first loss of the season, 63-54, and is now 4-1 this season.
St. Joseph's attacked first with a quick layup by Michelle Baker. It would be a couple minutes before the next bucket, a jumper by Callan Taylor (Overland Park, Kan.) to even the score. A lot of back-and-forth action made it a battle. Every basket was answered. Sacred Heart had the upper hand ahead 31-26 going into the halftime thanks to a layup and a trey by Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, N.Y.) in the last minute of the half.
The second half was a different story. A jumper from senior forward Samira van Grinsven and a three from Erin Shields right out the gate tied the game back up at 31. Van Grinsven again put the ball in the basket giving the Hawks the lead. Saint Joseph's would score once more before the Pioneers could knock down their first shot of the half.
Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, Calif.) got things started for the Pioneers in the second half with a jumper for two. A bucket by Morgan Merriman (Seattle, Was.) and a layup by Taylor would knot it up again, but only for 17 seconds as Saint Joe's forward Kelly Cavallo laid one in to give the Hawks back the lead 39-37 at the 14:41 mark.
Sacred Heart battled their way back. Two good foul shots from sophomore Blair Koniszewski (Vienna, Va.) at 12:37 put the Pioneers up by one, their final lead of the game.
Almost immediately it was Cavallo's turn to step up the charity stripe. Nailing her two shots, she gave the Hawks back the lead and started them on a 12-point run. The run would give Saint Joe's its biggest lead of the day, 12 points.
The Pioneers tried to fight their way back by chipping away, but the Hawks were matching them shot-for-shot again.
Norman led Sacred Heart in scoring today knocking down 13 points. Taylor (10) and Koniszewski (11) also had double-digit points against the Hawks.
The women's basketball team is back in action Wednesday at home at 7:00 p.m. when they take on the Stony Brook Seawolves.