STATEN ISLAND, NY - Four Pioneers reached double-digit scoring Monday night as the Sacred Heart Women's Basketball Team topped Wagner 76-47 in the Spiro Sports Center. Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) led the way with 19 points, while Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, N.Y.) was right behing her with 17. The Pioneers have now swept the last three weekends and are on a six-game winning streak
Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, Calif.) recorded 10 assists in the win. She currently leads the league, averaging 7.1 per game.
The teams exchanged points and the lead for the first five minutes of the game with the lead changing four times before the first media timeout.
Jacqui Thompson put the first points on the board from the top of the arc nearly 90 seconds into the game before Washington answered with a layup, putting two on the board for SHU.
Morgan Merriman (Seattle, Wa.), en route to 12 points, put the Pioneers on top for good at 13:52 with a pair of free throws, kick-starting 12-6 that forced Wagner Head Coach Lisa Cermignano to use a timeout. Washington came out of the time out putting up five, while Blair Koniszewski (Vienna, Va.), who totaled 14 points on the night, added three more accounting for an 8-4 run to take a 27-18 lead.
Marie-Laurence Archambault brought the Seahawks within one, 29-28, with a bucket from the top of the key. Norman extended the Pioneers' lead with a lay-in, forcing Wagner to call another timeout.
Wagner landed two consecutive buckets in the final minute of the half cutting SHU's lead to 35-32, forcing Coach Swanson to take his first timeout of the night. Koniszewski landed a triple from the left wing at the halftime buzzer, sending the Pioneers into the break up 38-32.
Wagner put up the first four points of the second half, closing the gap, the Pioneers answered with an eight-point run taking a 10-point lead, 46-36.
The Pioneers hit a defensive stride with 16:55 on the clock, holding the Seahawks scoreless for over four minutes while Sacred Heart put up 10 points, expanding their lead to 17 points, 56-39.
Sacred Heart splits next weekend. First, facing the Bulldogs at Bryant on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Then, they host the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Monday night in the William H. Pitt Center.