January 4, 2010

Sacred Heart Strong Defensively in 60-45 Win over Monmouth

Jan. 4, 2010

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT (January 4, 2010) - Sophomore Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) led four players in double figures with 16 points as Sacred Heart posted a 60-45 win over Monmouth Monday night in Northeast Conference action. The Pioneers extended their winning streak to 23-straight over NEC opponents dating back to last season as they improve to 9-4 and 2-0 in the league on the year.

Defensively, the Pioneers (9-4, 2-0 NEC) forced 25 Hawk turnovers and held Monmouth to just45 points, matching their season-low for points allowed in a game (45 - vs. Manhattan). SHU had 20 points off turnovers and shot 46.9% (23-49) from the field in the win. Senior forward Lindsey Gibson (Mechanicville, NY) hit five-of-six from the field for a career high 10 points in the win.

Monmouth's Alysha Womack scored the game's first three points for the Hawks but Sacred Heart used an 11-0 scoring run to take back the lead for good. SHU extended its lead to 15-7 after an Alexis Campbell (Ashburn, VA) jumper with 12:40 to go and used a MU scoring drought that lasted over eight minutes to push their lead to 23-15. The Pioneers led 28-18 at the half, paced by nine points from junior Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ).

Sacred Heart's lead dipped below double digits just once in the second half as Taylor scored 11 of her game-high 16 in the second stanza. The Hawks cut the lead to 30-22 in the opening minutes but back-to-back three's from Taylor and junior Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) pushed the Pioneer lead to 44-26 with 10 minutes to go. A pair of Taylor free throws and Cosgrove's fourth three of the night pushed the SHU lead to its high water mark of 22, 60-38, with 3:18 left as the Pioneers cruised home with the win.

Cosgrove finished four-of-six behind the arc on her way to 14 points while Apo finished with 12 on the night.

The Hawks (5-8, 0-2 NEC) out rebounded the Pioneers, 37-28, but shot just 33.3% (16-48) in the loss. Both Womack and Chanel Gomez finished with 10 points for the Hawks.

Sacred Heart returns to action on Thursday night playing host to the Wagner Seahawks at 5:30 pm in the William H. Pitt Center.

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