Jan. 7, 2006
FAIRFIELD, CT (January 7, 2006) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team used a 40-9 run over a 12 minute stretch in the first half of Saturday afternoon's Northeast Conference game with Wagner College to take control and run away with an 85-48 win over the visiting Seahawks. The Pioneers extended their winning streak to four-straight and improve to 10-2 overall and 4-0 in the league.
Wagner struck first and had a 5-4 lead two minutes in off a Joy Gallagher three but a quick 9-0 jaunt by the Pioneers gave SHU a 13-5 lead at the 16:32 mark. The Seahawks were able to keep the game close in the opening eight minutes thanks to some spotty Sacred Heart shooting. SHU hit just four-of-19 in that span and led 15-10 with 13:44 on the clock.
From there, the Pioneer offense exploded as junior Kerri Burke buried a three at the 12:00 minute mark and the route was on. When junior Amanda Pape's (Stamford, CT) jumper hit the bottom of the net at the halftime horn, SHU had finished the final 12 minutes of the first half 14-of-18 from the field, outscoring the Seahawks 40-9 and taking a insurmountable 50-19 lead at the break.
Wagner hit the first two shots of the second half but the Pioneer lead dipped below 30 points just twice the rest of the way as coach Swanson was able to used all of his bench for ample minutes the rest of the way. 11 Pioneers saw the court with no one playing less the 15 minutes while outscoring the Wagner bench 46-14 in the win.
Pape led the way with 12 points, six rebounds and a season-high six steals. Sophomore Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) came off the bench and scored 11 points hitting three-of-five from behind the arc. Fellow sophomore Mikara Cimmino (Hampden, MA) netted a career-high 10 points on five-of-six from the field to go with four boards.
Junior center Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) played just 17 minutes but just missed a double double with eight points and 11 rebounds. She also added a pair of blocks and a steal. Senior Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) came away with nine points and tied her season-high with six steals.
As a team, the Pioneers had a season-high 17 steals and forced 30 Wagner turnovers, 20 in the first half. SHU converted those Seahawk miscues into 30 points at the other end. SHU held a slim rebounding advantage, 44-42, but dominated in the paint 32-16. SHU shot 46.4% (32-69) in the game.
Wagner, now 1-11 and 1-2 in the NEC, got 12 points and 11 rebounds from Megan Sullivan and 10 points and six boards from Ali Ridge. The Seahawks shot just 32.3% (20-62).
The Pioneers will close out their four-game home stand on Monday night when they also wrap up non-conference play hosting Columbia University at 6 pm. The SHU men will follow at approximately 8 pm against Central Connecticut. The Pioneers are a perfect 5-0 in the Pitt Center this season.