Fairfield, Conn. (November 17, 2012)— Senior Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, N.Y.) posted her first double-double of the season to lead the Sacred Heart Pioneers to their first 40-plus point win in six years, beating the Saint Peter's Peahens 79-34 Tuesday night. Evans finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Morgan Merriman (Seattle, Wa.) matched her 17 to lead four Pioneers in double figures as Sacred Heart improved to 2-2 on the season.
The Pioneers held Saint Peter's to just two points through the first 11 minutes of the game, whilerunning out to a 22-2 lead. Sacred Heart forced the Peahens into nine turnovers before allowing them a second bucket. The Pioneers continued to pile it on in the first half, shooting 44.7% from the field to build a 43-15 halftime lead.
Every Sacred Heart player found the scoring column on Tuesday night as the Pioneers continued to increase their lead in the second half. The Peahens cut the lead to 43-16 on two Aziza May free throws to start the second half, but that was as close as they would come. SHU ran their lead to 40-points midway through the second half thanks to a 17-5 run.
Johanna Lopez (Silver Springs, Md.) recorded her first collegiate points on a pair of free throw with seven minutes left to play, while Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, Calif.) scored all seven of here points in the second half.
Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.), the Pioneers' leading scorer, and Blair Koniszewski (Vienna, Va.) each posted 10 points in the 45-point win. The last time SHU beat a team by 40 or more points was on February 20, 2006 when they dealt Fairleigh Dickinson an 84-44 loss.
The Pioneers held Saint Peter's to just 18.8 percent shooting on nine-of-48 shooting. SHU also forced 28 turnovers. Sacred Heart also dominated on the glass, pulling down 49 boards to just 33 for SPC.
Sacred Heart takes off to Seattle, Wa. for Thanksgiving weekend to play in the Washington Dental Service Thanksgiving Tournament hosted by Seattle University. The Pioneers will play Boston College on Friday and either Seattle or University of Portland Saturday.