SHU Pioneers Keep NEC Streak Intact with 69-54 Win over Wagner
Jan. 7, 2010
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (January 7, 2010) - Sacred Heart sophomore Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) posted her seventh double double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pioneers to their 23rd-straight Northeast Conference win, 69-54, over Wagner College Thursday night. The win was SHU's 21st-straight regular season NEC victory, raising the Pioneers record to 10-4 overall and 3-0 in league play this season.
Sacred Heart (10-4, 3-0 NEC) got 14 points from freshman Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY) and 10 points on five-of-six shooting from senior Lindsey Gibson (Mechanicville, NY) matching her career-high set last time out against Monmouth. The first half was all SHU as the Pioneers used a 20-2 run to erase an early Seahawk lead and grab control of the game.
Wagner (4-10, 1-2 NEC) jumped in front 8-4 with 16:57 on the clock thanks to a pair of three's from Megan Mahoney and Stephanie McBride and a jumper by Sha'Ron Harrison. A three from Evans got the Pioneers started on what would be a game-changing 20-2 run over the next 10:42. The rally included 15-straight Pioneer points en route to a 24-10 lead with 6:15 left in the half.
Sophomore Alexis Campbell (Ashburn, VA) buried a pair of three's on the run and finished the first half with eight points, a new career high. The Pioneers pushed their lead to 36-20 at intermission, shooting 50.0% (15-30) from the floor, including 11-for-16 to close out the half. The Seahawks, meanwhile, were just 8-of-28 (28.6 percent), but hit on 50.0 percent (3-6) from beyond the arc.
Sacred Heart opened the second half strong and led by as many as 27 points over the first 10 minutes of action. Down 57-32 with 9:41 left, the Seahawks chipped away and put together a 16-4 run led by Sha'Ron Harrison underneath to cut the Pioneer lead to 11 with just under six to play. Harrison had 10 of her game-high 20 points on the run while Ashley Olsen chipped in with all six of her points on the night during the rally.
Taylor found Gibson underneath for a lay-in at 5:13 and then buried a long three at 4:36 to right the ship and put the Pioneers up 16, 64-48. The Seahawks missed their next five shots and the Pioneers hit five-of-six at the free throw line down the stretch to seal the win.
Despite their hot shooting in the first half, SHU hit just 10-of-32 (.313) in the second half, including three-of-16 (.188) from behind the arc. The Pioneers took a season-high 26 three's in the game, but made just seven (.269). Wagner held the rebounding edge, 43-34.
Junior Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) saw her streak of 12-straight games in double figures end going three-of-nine for seven points in the win. SHU forced 23 turnovers on the night, leading to 19 points at the other end, while turning it over just 13 times
Harrison finished with a double double of her own, adding 12 rebounds to her game-high 20 points.
The Pioneers return to action on Saturday afternoon playing host to the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers at 1:00 pm