January 3, 2007

Pape's 26 Point Night Leads Pioneers to 66-57 win over Mount St. Mary's

Jan. 3, 2007

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EMMITSBURG, Md (January 3, 2007) - Sacred Heart's Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) scored 18 of her game-high 26 points in the second half to lead the Pioneers to a 66-57 win at Mount St. Mary's in Northeast Conference action Wednesday night. The Pioneers trailed 28-27 at the half, winning for just the second time this year when down at the break.

The first half featured 11 lead changes between the two teams and the Pioneers lost their starting point guard, senior Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) just five minutes in when she was forced to the bench with an injury. SHU went up 11-7 at the 13 minute mark and then used a pair of three's from sophomore Liz Gruber (Staten Island, NY) and sophomore Katie Brown (Manahawkin, NJ) to lead 27-25 with just 29 seconds left. Mount's Tiffany Green buried a three of her own with nine ticks left to send her team into the break up 28-27.

Green kept her hot hand out of the break, scoring the first six points of the half to give Mount a 34-27 lead just two minutes in. Pape ended the run with a foul line jumper but Green answered again, keeping her scoring frenzy going with a free throw and a lay-up to push the Mount lead to 37-29, forcing a SHU timeout at 17:17.

Pape took charge out the timeout and buried a pair of baseline jumpers that ignited a 9-1 run that tied the game at 38-38 with 12:23 to play. The Mount went five minutes without a field goal on the run before Dita Krumberga ended it with a lay-up. Brown answered with a three at the other end but Krumberga fired in one of her own to push the Mount lead back to 43-41 at the 11:16 mark.

Mount St. Mary's went cold again, this time going without a field goal over the next four minutes and the Pioneers used a 9-0 jaunt to put themselves in front for good. Junior Lisa Moray (Hopwell Junction, NY) buried a three on the right wing to give SHU a 50-43 lead with 7:24 left.

Krumberga buried another three to pull the Mount within four, 50-46, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the way. The Pioneers, despite not hitting a shot over the final 5:22, did a tremendous job at the free throw line. SHU built their lead to 11, 63-52 after hitting eight-straight free throws, six by Pape, and the Pioneers never let the Mount closer then eight points the rest of the way.

SHU (7-6, 2-0 NEC) finished the game shooting 40.4% (23-57) from the field while hitting 14-of-21 at the free throw line. Pape added eight rebounds, four steals and three assists to her final stat line. Gruber was the only other Pioneer in double digits, scoring a season-high 10 points. Senior Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) pulled down 11 rebounds and scored nine in the win.

The Mount (3-9, 1-1 NEC) got 18 from Krumberga and a double double from Jill Franklin, 10 points, 13 rebounds. Green finished with 13 points in the loss.

The Pioneers stay on the road and will visit St. Francis (NY) on Saturday afternoon for a 2:00 pm start.