Fairfield, Conn.—Callan Taylor pulled down rebound No. 1,000 tonight on the way to her eleventh double-double of the season in the Pioneer's 71-34 loss at home to Quinnipaic. The defeat is the worst NEC loss for the program since joining the league in 1999-00.
Taylor would finish with her 11th double double of the season, scoring 10 points with 15 rebounds, putting her right at the 1,000 mark for her career. The senior forward becomes just the second Pioneer in school history to not only grab 1,000 career rebounds, but also score 1,000 career points. She joins Kelley Gray (1983-87) who finished her career with 1,193 career points and 1,032 career rebounds. Heading into the stretch run, Taylor currently ranks third on the all-time scoring list with 1,609 points.
Quinnipiac opened the game with a jumper from Gillian Abshire, while Enjoli Bland (Queen Creek, Ariz.) countered with a layup but the Bobcats would run away with it from there, going on a nine-point run before Sacred Heart could get another bucket.
SHU went over four minutes without a basket before Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) sunk a jumper to end Quinnipiac's run. Taylor (Overland Park, Kan.) put two more Pioneer points on the board quickly with a layup. But the Bobcats went back on the offensive attack, making the next three shots to give Quinnipiac a 22-6 lead with 11 minutes left in the first half, and never looked back. By the halftime buzzer, the Bobcats were up 41-17.
The second half was more of the same. Sacred Heart only managed 17 points in the second half en route to their lowest point total ever against a Northeast Conference opponent, 34 points.
Quinnipiac came in to the game with a 14-game losing streak in the Pitt Center and a 12-game losing streak against the Pioneers on the road. That all changed as the Bobcats handed Sacred Heart its worst Northeast Conference loss. Their previous worst defeat came in the 2003-04 season at Saint Francis (PA), who beat Sacred Heart by a margin of 32 points (87-55). This was also the biggest margin of defeat for SHU at home in the Pitt Center. Back on January 18, 2000, Wagner handed the Pioneers a 30-point loss, 74-44.
The Pioneers play Mount St. Mary's on Saturday in the third game of the home stand. The Mount is currently 8-11, 4-4 NEC, after tonight's 49-46 win over St. Francis (NY).