February 23, 2013

Bobcats Snap Pioneer Win Streak on Senior Day

Fairfield, Conn. (February 23, 2013)—Sophomore Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) led the Pioneers with 22 points, as the Sacred Heart Women's Basketball Team's winning streak was snapped Saturday afternoon with the 67-62 loss to Quinnipiac.  Despite the loss, the Pioneers clinched a spot in the Northeast Conference Tournament on Saturday.  The Pioneers have never missed an NEC Tournament since joining the league in 1999-2000.  The win clinched the regular season title for the Bobcats, as the Pioneers fall to 10-4 against Northeast Conference opponents.

Enjoli Bland (Queen Creek, Ariz.) was just one point short of her first double-double of the season with nine points and 11 rebounds. The junior was a perfect four-for-four from the field.

After exchanging possessions, Bland laid in back-to-back buckets to put SHU up 4-0 early in the game, but Quinnipiac quickly tied the score with a layup and two free throws.

The rivals exchanged points, staying close to each other before Quinnipiac's consecutive shots put them up 14-10. The Pioneers chipped away to tie the score at 15-15. Then, they overcame a six-point deficit to tie the game at 27-27 on a Bland lay in. The game tied again at 31-31 with less than a minute left in the first half.

Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, Calif.) added two from the line with 16.4 seconds left to send the Pioneers into halftime up 33-31.

The Bobcats evened the score 15 seconds into the second half with two at the charity stripe by Jasmine Martin, but Washington, Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and Bland combined for seven points putting the Pioneers back on top.  Quinnipiac inched within two points on Gillian Abshire's layup, but Washington answered with a trey to make it 43-38 SHU.

With 13:25 on the clock, the Bobcats took their first lead of the second half 45-44 as Lisa Lebak hit a triple from the left wing. The Pioneers remained within one, when Evans gave SHU a one-point lead on two foul shots, 48-47.

Felicia Barron scored on the fast break to push Quinnipiac's lead to 57-51 with 7:14 left to play forcing Head Coach Ed Swanson to use a timeout. Blair Koniszewski (Vienna, Va.) landed a trey to close the gap to just five points, 59-54, with four minutes on the clock.

Quinnipiac took an eight-point lead with less than two minutes to go, but Evans hit back-to-back jumpers to bring the Pioneers within three with just 36.5 seconds on the clock.

Brittany McQuain and Abshire added four at the free throw line for the Bobcats before the final buzzer to clinch the 47-62 win. 

The Pioneers host Central Connecticut State on Monday in the last home game of the regular season.