February 10, 2014

Shepard Tallies 30 Points as Pioneers Fall to Colonials 90-66

MOON TOWNSHIP, PA (February 10, 2014)—Katie Shepard (Lone Tree, Colo.) lit up the scoreboard with a career-high 30 points shooting 66.7% from the floor as the Sacred Heart women's basketball team fell to the Robert Morris Colonials 90-66 Monday night in the Sewall Center. The Pioneers fall to 10-13 on the season and 7-5 in Northeast Conference play, while RMU improves to 14-9 and 10-2 in conference.

Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.), who tallied 15 points, landed a triple from the top of the key before Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis) hit both of her foul shots combining for an early 5-0 lead.  Seconds later, Shepard knocked the ball away from RMU's Ashley Ravelli and took it to the hoop on a fast break adding two more for the Pioneers.

Anna Niki Stamalamprou landed a jumper to put the Colonials on the board, but Shepard answered with a monster three to increase Sacred Heart's lead to 10-2 at the 15:45 media timeout. 

Robert Morris worked its way back and on a triple from with under four minutes in the half, capping off a 25-8 Colonial run. The Pioneers lessened the damage, but still went into halftime down seven points, 41-34.

Despite shooting 40% in the second half, Sacred Heart was never able to catch the Colonials. With just over a minute left in the game, Stamalamprou landed a long three to give Robert Morris its largest lead of the game, 27 points.

Spanou led the game with 31 points as she posted a double-double with 13 rebounds. 

The Pioneers return home Saturday to host Mount St. Mary's in the annual Play4Kay game benefitting cancer research and awareness at 2:00 p.m.