Fairfield, Conn. (January 26, 2013)—Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.),the NEC Ruby Tuesday's player of the game, racked up 24 points in Saturday's rematch of last year's Northeast Conference Championship game. Much like that game, the Sacred Heart Women's Basketball Team came away with the win, topping Monmouth 56-42. With the win, the Pioneers improve to 4-3 in the NEC and are 12-7 overall.
Senior Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, N.Y.) tallied 19 points, shooting 72.7% from the field (8-11).
Monmouth's Carly Thibault opened the game with a trey from the top of the arc to open the game, giving the Hawks their only lead of the game. A brief lead at that as Washington put SHU on the board with a three just 20 seconds later. After exchanging points and the score tying at five and seven, Evans kicked off a 9-2 Pioneer-run boosting SHU to a 16-9 lead.
Halfway through the first half, the Hawks, down 22-13, sparked a six-point run to bring them within two of catching the Pioneers, but Blair Koniszewski (Vienne, Va.) shut them down with a layup.
Both teams added a triple to the scoreboard before the halftime buzzer, sending Sacred Heart into the break up just three 28-25.
The Pioneers opened the second half with a 13-0point run, but what was more impressive was how the SHU defense held the Hawks scoreless for nearly the first 10 minutes of the half, not allowing them a basket until Alysha Womack landed a jumper with 11:27 on the clock.
Monmouth put an 8-2 run together in the last four minutes of the game, but it was not enough to catch the Pioneers, who went on to win it 56-42.
The Pioneers are back in action Monday night at 7:00 p.m. against the Bulldogs of Bryant.