Jan. 5, 2009
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (January 5, 2009) - Sacred Heart got a pair of double double performances from senior Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) and freshman Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) as the Pioneers improved to 4-4 in the Northeast Conference with a 66-55 win at Long Island University Monday night. The win tied head coach Ed Swanson for the all-time lead in NEC wins with 124. Sowinski finished with 17 points and 10 boards while Taylor tallied 15 points with 11 rebounds.
The Pioneers (7-7, 4-0 NEC) who never trailed in the game, jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first five minutes going inside to Sowinski. The Blackbirds pulled back in it, using a 7-0 spurt to pull within one but SHU answered back with a 9-1 run and went up 22-12 on a Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) three with 10:38 to go.
The Blackbirds (5-9, 0-3 NEC) went to some full court pressure and cut the Pioneer lead to three, 25-22, at the 7:10 mark. From there the SHU offense kicked it up a notch, outscoring the Blackbirds 16-6 over the last seven minutes of the half including a 7-0 spurt capped by a Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) lay-in at the buzzer to lead 41-28 at the break. Sophomore Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) scored 10 of her 14 points in the first half.
Sacred Heart took their 13-point halftime lead and extended it to 19 by the 13:48 mark as the Pioneers rattled off a 10-4 run. The SHU lead hit its high water mark at 23 points at the 6:21 mark as the Pioneers cruised home to their third-straight victory to get the team to the .500 mark for the first time this season at 7-7.
SHU shot 46.7% (28-60) from the field in the win and outrebounded the Blackbirds 40-36, pulling down 15 offensive boards leading to 17 second chance points. Apo also passed out five assists and came up with two steals and a block in the win. Cosgrove finished with nine points and passed out a career-high seven assists. Ryan finished the game pulling down 10 rebounds to give SHU three players with double digit boards.
LIU got 12 points and seven rebounds from Ashley Palmer while Connie James finished with eight points and 10 boards.
Sacred Heart is back in action this Saturday as part of a doubleheader with the men's team hosting Robert Morris in NEC action. The women will tip-off at 2:00 pm followed by the men at approximately 4:15 pm.