January 30, 2012

Pioneers Cruise Past Wagner for Ninth NEC Victory

Fairfield, Conn.— The Sacred Heart women's basketball team is now 9-1 in conference play, 16-5 overall, after defeating Wagner Monday night. The Pioneers hold a three-game winning streak with the 67-57 win.

Sacred Heart's first points, due to a Blair Koniszewski (Vienna, Va.) trey, gave them a lead that they never relinquished while a tough Pioneer defense did not allow Wagner to take a shot in the first two minutes of the game.

With 12:20 left in the half, Koniszewski landed another shot from outside the arc to give the Pioneers a 10-point lead that Wagner could not shrink before the halftime buzzer. 

The Pioneers forced the Seahawks to turnover the ball 15 times in the first half. Despite the Wagner turnovers, Sacred Heart only managed to convert four for baskets.  Without going on more than a six-point run in the first half, the Pioneers went into the break with a 41-25 lead. 

The tables seemed to turn in the second half as the Seahawks outscored Sacred Heart 32-26 in the half.

Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, Calif.) put up the first points of the half with a jumper that Veronick Fournier answered with one of her own. The Seahawks picked up two more buckets before the Pioneers could get another.

Wagner went on several five-point runs in the half to chip away at the Sacred Heart lead. With just two minutes left in the game, Chanez Robinson hit two foul shots to start a seven-point Seahawk run.

Norman had a stellar game on both offense and defense. The point guard  came up wtih seven steals, converting two for points on the fast break. Her 10 points makes this the eighth game where the sophomore has had double-digit scoring.

She was not alone in double-digits as Callan Taylor (Overland Park, Kan.) and Koniszewski also hit the mark. Taylor lead the team with 15 points, and Koniszewski lit up the board with 14.

The Pioneers hit the road next weekend to play Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday and Monmouth on Monday.