January 28, 2013

Evans Reaches 1,000 Career Points in SHU Victory

Fairfield, Conn. (January 28, 2013)—With 13:25 left in the game, Katie Shepard (Lone Tree, Colo.) dished the ball to Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, N.Y.) at the top of the arc. Without hesitation, Evans launched a jumper into the basket for her 1,000th career-point. Evans led the game, lighting up the board with 26 points shooting 78.5% (11-14) from the field and 57.1% (4-7) from the three point range as the Sacred Heart Women's Basketball Team defeated Bryant 62-44 Monday night in the William H. Pitt Center. The Pioneers are now 13-7 on the season and 5-3 in conference play.

The Pioneers opened the game on a seven-point run. A minute in, Evans landed a shot from the top of the key to put the first three points on the board. She followed it up with a layup to give SHU a 5-0 lead early in the game. Fellow-senior Morgan Merriman (Seattle, Wa.) capped off the run with a jumper improving Sacred Heart's lead.

Danielle Douglas landed the first points for Bryant with a jumper in the paint, which the Pioneers held them to for the next three minutes while they put eight more points on the board.

Blair Koniszewski landed three consecutive treys from each wing to give the Pioneers an 18-4 lead with 13 minutes left in the first half.

Up by 12, SHU kicked off a 14-2 streak with just under 11 minutes left in the half, upping their lead to a monstrous 34-10.

Sacred Heart held Bryant to just 12 in the first half, the lowest since holding Siena to seven points on December,12, 2010,while the Pioneers hit the gas on their offensive game, lighting up the board with 41 before the halftime buzzer.

Bryant's Naana Ankoma-Mensa and Jenniqua Bailey kicked off second-half scoring with back-to-back layups as part of the Bulldogs' 6-2 run that opened the second half.  But Merriman halted that with a jumper and Sacred Heart went on another offensive tare.

The Bulldogs managed to string together a couple five-point runs, but it was not enough to catch the surging Pioneers.

Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Enjoli Bland (Queen Creek, Ariz.) were defensive nightmares for the Bulldogs. Norman posted six steals, while Bland pulled down seven defensive rebounds (nine overall). 

The Pioneers hit the road next weekend, facing Mount Saint Mary's Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. before heading back north to face Wagner Monday night at 7:00 p.m.