January 5, 2008

Women's Basketball Takes out Wagner, 69-53

Jan. 5, 2008

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FAIRFIELD, CT - Junior Kaitlin Sowinski scored 15 points and grabbed ten rebounds, while Stephanie Ryan led all scorers with 16 points and grabbed nine boards to lead the Sacred Heart University women's basketball team to a 69-53 win over visiting Wagner College in a Northeast Conference game Saturday afternoon.

Sacred Heart, 8-6 overall and 3-0 in the NEC, jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first 4:30 of the game. Nyoto Patterson got Wagner on the board finally with 15:16 left in the first half.

The Pioneers still held a 28-22 lead with 4:27 left in the half, after a free throw by junior Khalia Cain, but the Seahawks used a 9-1 run the rest of the period to take a 31-29 into the intermission. Andrea Reed gave Wagner the lead with a pair of free throws with :09 left.

SHU scored the first six points of the second half to take a 35-31 lead. Two more Cain free throws gave the Pioneers a 45-39 with 9:37 left. A Chelsey Bunyer jumper cut the gap to four, but the Pioneers used an 11-1 run over the next three minutes to open an insurmountable 56-42 advantage.

"I thought we were outplayed by Wagner in a lot of areas but we had that big run in the second to put them away," said SHU head coach Ed Swanson. "We need to play better to beat other teams in the conference."

"We have some mental lapses during games where we don't execute defensively and we shoot ourselves in the foot," Swanson continued. "Maybe it's a confidence thing. But we have two freshmen starting, and [Stephanie Ryan] sat out a year. Hopefully we'll grow each game and do better."

Cain finished the game with 15 points for SHU, while freshman Alisa Apo was also in double figures with 14.

Wagner, 2-10 and 0-2, was led by Reed with 14 points. Ieva Sulskyte was also in doubles with ten points.