Walker's Double Double Powers Pioneers Past St. Francis (NY), 61-58
Jan. 6, 2007
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (January 6, 2006) - Senior Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) recorded her third double double of the season with 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Pioneers withstood a late St. Francis (NY) rally to come away with a 61-58 in over the Terriers in Northeast Conference play. Walker's 20 points were a season-high as she led all scorers on the afternoon.
The Terriers opened an early six point lead, 14-8, six minutes in before the Pioneers responded with a quick 12-2 run to take the lead back. Walker and fellow senior Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) led the way, splitting the 12 points between them and each completing three-point plays on the run. Terrier's 6-8 center, Katja Bavendam, hit a pair of jumpers to tie the game at 20-20 but Pape answered with a jumper and another quick 7-2 jaunt gave the Pioneers a seven point advantage.
At 27-22 with 7:27 to go in the first half, both teams went ice cold from the field. Neither squad was able to come up with a field goal over the final 7:09 of the half with SHU managing just a Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) free throw to lead 28-22 at the break. The Pioneers last field goal came at the 7:27 mark while SFNY's last bucket was at 7:09.
The offensive struggles of both two teams lasted another two minutes at the start of the second half before Kara Ayers buried a three to pull her team to with within 30-25. The Terriers kept within striking distance, down four with just under 15 minutes to go in the game when the Pioneers made another run.
SHU opened up a 14-point lead by the 11 minute mark using another 12-2 run. Cain fueled the rally with a pair of dribble drive lay-ups and a long jumper just inside the three point arc as SHU led 47-36, forcing a Terrier timeout. Instead of folding, St. Francis-NY rallied and made a run that got them within two point in the closing seconds.
Trailing 56-47 at the last media timeout (4:27), the Terriers rattled off an 8-2 run highlighted by another three from Ayers. Tiffany Hill buried a pair of free throws to cut the SHU lead to two, 59-57 with just 29 seconds left. On the ensuing inbounds, Pape drew a foul and buried both ends of the a one-and-one foul to extend the lead back to four, 61-57. Ayers was able to draw a foul underneath with nine seconds left, but made just one of two.
Pape again was fouled on the inbounds but missed the front end of the one-and-one and SFNY called timeout with two seconds left to set up the final shot to tie. The Pioneers did a solid job defending the inbounds and forced a pass to Bavendam at the top of the arc but her shot was way off the mark as the horn sounded sending SHU home 61-58 winners.
Walker got to her 20 point afternoon hitting nine-of-14, a season-high for field goals made. Pape finished with 14 points and six rebounds with a pair of assists and steals. Sophomore Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) scored 12 and turned away two shots.
Junior Lisa Moray (Hopwell Junction, NY) scored just five points but passed out a career-high seven assists and made three steals in the win.
St. Francis (5-9, 0-3 NEC) got 17 points from Bavendam, who was eight-of-12 and finished off the double double effort with 11 boards. Bavendam, the NEC leader in blocked shots, turned away five Pioneer efforts on they day. Hill, a preseason All-NEC pick, came into the game needing three points to break the 1,000 point plateau. Hill finished the day six-of-six from the line to achieve the mark but for the first time all season was held without a field goal in the loss.
The Pioneers will return home to open a three-game home stand at the William H. Pitt Center on Monday night. SHU will host Fairleigh Dickinson in a 7:00 pm start.