Jan. 8, 2004
FAIRFIELD, CT (January 8, 2004) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team snapped their three-game losing skid Thursday night, defeating Monmouth University, 70-50, to record their first Northeast Conference win of the year. The Pioneer's offensive dynamic duo of sophomore Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) and freshman Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) were at it again with 18 points apiece while junior Colleen White (Richboro, PA) had a career-night with 16 in the win.
The two teams plodded through an ugly first half, which saw 23 combined turnovers. With the score tied at 14-14 at the 7:38 mark and neither team appearing to want to take control, the Pioneers began to make their move. A White jumper followed by a three-point play by sophomore Colleen Duggan (Newington, CT) gave SHU a five-point lead, 19-14, as they appeared to be pulling away. Monmouth's Erin Winston buried a three to knock the lead back down to two but her basket proved to be the final hoop the Hawks would muster the rest of the way as Sacred Heart ran off an 11-3 run to close the half.
The second half had more of the same in store for Monmouth offensively, as they missed their first five shots and were held scoreless for the first six minutes and twenty-five seconds of play. By the time Courtney Lumpkin's jumper fell through at 13:35, the Pioneers had built a 20-point lead en route to the rout.
White, who played a career-high 23 minutes, made her presence felt in the second half, pouring in ten of her 16 points to eclipse her previous high of nine and finished the game seven-of-eight from the floor and two-of-two from the free throw line. She also made an impact on the boards, pulling down seven rebounds to establish another career mark.
Offensively, the Pioneers snapped out of their recent shooting slump with a 51.1% (24-47) night from the field. Rubino was perfect from long range, burying four-of-four from downtown and hitting seven-of-12 overall. She also tied her career high with four steals and passed out two assists in the win. Pape was equally impressive, scoring her 18 on five-of-nine from the floor and a perfect eight-of-eight night from the free throw line. She joined White as the team's high rebounder with seven boards while also making two steals.
For Monmouth, now 4-6 overall and 0-1 in the NEC, Lumpkin finished with 12 points in the loss. Standout center Jewonda Bright was mired in foul trouble most of the game, scoring just six points with one rebound in 16 minutes of action. As a team, the Hawks shot an abysmal 28.6% (15-50) from the field and 36.4% (4-11) from three-point range while turning the ball over 25 times.
The win improves SHU to 6-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference as they return to action on Saturday afternoon hosting NEC foe Fairleigh Dickinson as part of a double header with the men's team starting at 2 pm.