Jan. 8, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT (January 8, 2005) - Sophomore Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) poured in 22 points Saturday afternoon to lead the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a 73-64 win over Mount St. Mary's in Northeast Conference basketball action. The Pioneers sweep the season series and have now won seven-straight against the Mount as they improve to 5-7 overall and 2-1 in league play.
The two teams battled back and forth over the first 14 minutes, exchanging the lead eight times. SHU, trailing 18-17 at the 6:25 mark, grabbed the lead for good and rang off a 7-0 run to go up 25-18 with just under three minutes to play in the half. The Pioneers finished off the half with a 14-4 run to give themselves a nine point cushion, 31-22, at the break.
The Pioneers continued to build on their lead in the early going of the second half, building a 12-point advantage, 40-28, five minutes in. But the Mount refused to go quietly, using a 12-1 run capped by a Tiffany Green three with 12:33 on the clock to cut the lead to 41-40.
SHU would have an answer as senior Colleen White (Richboro, PA) buried a pair of free throws that set off nine-straight points to put the Pioneers back in front, 49-40 at the halfway mark. Green tried to pull the Mountaineers back, scoring 14 of her career-high 26 points in the second half, but fouled out with just over two minutes on the clock leaving the Mount searching for an offensive answer.
Pape finished eight-of-13 from the field on her way to tying her season-high of 22 points. She also pulled down five boards and made three steals in the win. Fellow sophomore Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) led the Pioneers at the free throw line, hitting 10-of-12 as the team finished 24-of-29 at the charity stripe. Burke tallied 17 points with five assists.
White finished with a season-best 14 points hitting five-of-seven from the floor and a perfect four-of-four from the line. Sophomore Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) continues to play well for the Pioneers, just missing a double double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
In addition to Green's 26 points, Mount's LaToya Butler had 10 points and six rebounds in the loss. Rebecca Wike pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds as the Mount fall's to 2-11 overall and 1-3 in NEC play.
The Pioneers return to action on Thursday, January 13th when they play host to Central Connecticut at 7 pm.
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