Jan. 6, 2005
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ (January 6, 2005) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team fell to 1-1 in the Northeast Conference after a 51-48 loss at Monmouth University Thursday night. The Pioneers had a chance to take a lead late but missed four of six free throws in the final minutes and a Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) three at the buzzer to tie fell short as SHU drops to 4-7 overall.
The Pioneers held an early 13-6 lead, holding the Hawks scoreless for more than six minutes in the first half. The Monmouth offense kicked into high gear with just over eight minutes to play in the half and a pair of three's by Liz Whalen and a triple by Niamh Dwyer helped fuel a 17-6 run that ended the half and gave the Hawks a 23-19 lead at the break.
After falling behind by 10, their largest deficit in the game, SHU began to creep back in. A three by Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) cut the lead to six, 49-43 with 3:46 to go. Moray stole the Hawk inbound pass and had a chance to slice the lead to four but her lay-up caromed out and the loose ball went to the Monmouth.
SHU made three-straight stops on the defense end and had a chance to not only pull even but also grab a lead as they made three consecutive trips to the free-throw line. But two misses by Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) and two of four by Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) only pulled SHU to within two, 47-45. Monmouth's Bridgette Bynum's pulled down an offensive board and put it back up and in to put the Hawks back up by four but a Burke three gave SHU a shot by cutting it to one, 49-48, with seven second left.
Monmouth's Brianne Edwards was promptly fouled on the inbounds and buried both sides of a one and one to force the game tying attempt. Burke pushed the ball up court with just seven ticks left and let fire but came up short in her bid for the tie.
Burke led the Pioneers with 15 points and five assists in the losing effort. Pape finished with 11 while Walker came off the bench for eight points and a season-best 10 rebounds.
The Pioneers are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they host Mount St. Mary's at 2 pm.