Pioneers Back on Winning Track with 65-51 Win Over Brown

Jan. 3, 2005

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT (January 3, 2005) - Sophomore Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a 65-51 win over Brown University Monday night. The win snapped the Pioneer's recent five-game losing streak, their longest skid in 10 years, and sends them into Northeast Conference play with a 4-6 record.

The Pioneers, who had been marred by poor shooting on their recent losing streak, finally found some offensive answers on their road to a 14-point victory Monday night. SHU shot 46.3% in the game and 50.0% in the second half as their pressure defense continued to lead to easy baskets with 26 points coming off turnovers. The Pioneers also held their own in the paint, outscoring the Bears 30-28 inside.

From the opening tip it appeared it may be another long night for the Pioneers at the offensive end, missing their first five shots and falling behind 9-2 in the early going. Junior Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY), who has struggled herself of late, refused to let the Pioneers out of it, as she scored six-straight to help event he score at 15-15 with 12 minutes to play. The SHU lead grew to five with 3:33 to go in the half but back to back baskets by Brown's Holly Robertson and Ashley King-Bischof cut the lead to one, 28-27, where is stayed until the half.

The team's traded the lead back and forth eight times over the first 10 minutes of the second half before the Pioneers were able to grab control of the game. Leading by one, 44-43, at the 10:10 mark, SHU ran off a 10-0 run started by a Rubino jumper and capped with a Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) three that gave them a 53-43 advantage with eight minutes to go.

Brown was able to slice the lead down to six, 55-49, on a Sarah Hayes jumper with 6:24 to play but that would prove to be the last field goal the Bears would hit in the game. Just a pair of Robertson free throws with 4:34 to play was all Brown would muster the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the Pioneers took that 10-0 run and converted it into a 21-8 jaunt that closed out the game and the win.

Pape finished the day shooting four-of-eight from the field and seven-of-12 from the free throw line on her way to 15 points. She also made five steals and handed out three assists. Rubino finished with 14 points of her own, hitting seven-of-14. She grabbed a season-high seven rebounds, made four steals, passed out three assists and made a block in the win. Senior Colleen White (Richboro, PA) added 12 points to the mix with four assist while fellow senior Colleen Duggan (Newington, CT) made her presence felt in the paint with five blocks. Burke passed out eight assists in the win.

For the Bears, now 5-6 and losers of four-straight, Robertson led all scorers with 19 points and finished off the double double with 10 rebounds. Hayes hit for 18 with four steals while Andrea Conrad also grabbed 10 boards.

The Pioneers are now on to the rest of their NEC schedule starting Thursday night at Monmouth at 7:00 pm.

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