Riverdale, N.Y.—Enjoli Bland's career-high 14 points weren't enough to top the Jaspers as the women's basketball team fell to Manhattan College 62-50.
Winning possession in the tip off, Manhattan scored four points before the Pioneers' Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, N.Y.) lit up the board with a three.
A pair of made free throws and a layup by Bland (Queen Creek, Ariz.) quickly gave Sacred Heart a 7-4. That score would stand for nearly four minutes as the teams exchanged possessions. The dry spell ended when Lindsey Loutsenhizer fouled Callan Taylor (Overland Park, Kan.) sending her to the charity stripe where she added two to the Pioneer lead.
Over three minutes later, a trey by Manhattan's Schyonne Halfkenny knotted the game at 14, but not for long. The teams traded the next few points to make the score 18 all before Bland headed to the free throw line and knocked down two more shots to put the Pioneers up 20-18.
In the sixth minute, Loutsenhizer sunk a shot from outside the arc to bring the Jaspers within one point, but Bland was at it again just seconds later with a layup to increase the Pioneer lead to 24-21.
Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Taylor laid in shots to give Sacred Heart 28 points. However, just 1:14 before halftime, Ashley Stec evened the score with a jumper.
The Pioneers and Jaspers headed into halftime even at 28.
The Jaspers came out hard in the second half putting 13 points on the board, seven of which were in the first minute and a half, to Sacred Heart's three. But the Pioneers started to chip away with back-to-back baskets by Taylor.
SHU continued their run with a made foul shot by Taylor and a layup by Morgan Merriman (Seattle, Wa.) to bring the Pioneers within four points. But Manhattan pulled away thanks to five points by Stec that kicked off a 16-4 run that put the Jaspers up 58-44 with five minutes to play.
A jumper from Blair Koniszewski (Vienna, Va.) and a layup by Norman in the last minute of the game was not enough to boost the Pioneers.
Taylor picked up another double-double in the loss. The senior put 13 points on the board and brought down 12 rebounds.
SHU women's basketball travels to St. Bonaventure for the first game of the new year on January 3.