January 2, 2006

Sacred Heart's Double Dip Sinks Saint Peter's, 82-54

Jan. 2, 2006

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT (January 2, 2006) - Sacred Heart juniors Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) and Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) posted double double's for the second straight game and freshman Liz Gruber (Staten Island, NY) came off the bench for a game-high 17 points to lead the Pioneers to an 82-54 win over visiting Saint Peter's College. The win improves the Pioneer's record to 8-2 while the Peahens fall to 4-7.

SHU got out of the gates quickly, running out to a 12-0 lead and led 17-2 after three-straight Walker lay-ups just over five minutes into the game. Saint Peter's got their feet underneath them and began to chip away at the 15-point deficit. A 14-7 run cut the lead to eight, 24-16 at the 7:43 mark but a free throw by Walker and another pair by Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) gave SHU back their double digit lead, 27-16.

SPC's Tyonna Vance buried a three on the Peahens next possession to cut the lead back to eight, 27-19, but the Pioneer offense threw it back into high gear and rattled off a 16-2 run over the final five minutes of the half to lead by 22 at the break, 43-21. Walker finished with a big half, hitting four-of seven and five-of-seven at the line for 13 of her 15 points.

The Pioneer lead swelled to 26 on lay-ups by Mary Rush (Waterbury, CT) and Pape in the opening minutes but the pesky Peahens kept fighting using a 15-4 run to get within 15, 51-36, at the 15 minute mark. SHU jolted back in front by 22 on back-to-back Mikara Cimmino (Hampden, MA) lay-ups and a three-point play by Burke.

From there it became the Liz Gruber show as the freshman, who had a three-point make in the first half, hit six-of-six, including two from downtown, over the final 10 minutes of play as the Pioneers cruised to an 82-54 win. Gruber finished a perfect shooting night seven-of-seven, completing the feat for the second time this year after a five-of-five afternoon at St. Francis-PA in December. Gruber's 17 points is a career high as she also grabbed three rebounds and had an assist and a block.

Walker added 10 rebounds to her 15 point night for her second-straight double double and the eighth of her career. She also passed out three assists, blocked a shot and made a steal. Pape finished with 10 points and tied her season-high for the third time with 11 rebounds to match Walker's double double for the second-straight game. She now has three this season and 12 for her career.

As a team, the Pioneers shot 48.4% (30-62) from the field and hit 78.3% (18-23) from the charity striped. SHU held the rebounding advantage, 43-35 and had 16 second chance points. The Pioneers outscored Saint Peter's 46-26 in the paint and had 20 points off 15 SPC turnovers.

The Peahens got 12 points from Khalisha Lewis and 11 from Johnell Burts. As a team, SPC shot just 3.1% (22-61) on the night.

The Pioneers are right back in action this Wednesday, January 4th returning to Northeast Conference play hosting Central Connecticut at 7:00 pm.

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