January 9, 2006

Sacred Heart Pioneers Run Away From Columbia, 96-65

Jan. 9, 2006

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT (January 9, 2006) - Sacred Heart junior Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) and Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) scored 25 and 20 points, respectively, as the Pioneer offense exploded in the second half and ran away with a 96-65 win over visiting Columbia University in the non-conference finale for both teams Monday night. SHU's 96 points were the highest point total since a double overtime win at Monmouth two years ago, 99-94, and most in regulation since a 95-75 win over Columbia in 2001-02. The Pioneers improve to 11-2 on the year with the win.

The Pioneers got up 11-4 in the first 3:30 of the game but the Lions scrapped and clawed their way around the court to stay in the game in the first half. Columbia was within five, 27-17, at the eight minute mark but a Pape jumper and SHU Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) completed a three-point play to build the lead up to 10. Columbia struck right back and cut it to five just a minute later. A 16-5 SHU run over the next four minutes gave the Pioneers a 43-28 lead, their biggest of the half but the Lions would once again respond. Columbia outscored SHU 9-4 over the final two minutes of the half and trailed by just 10 at the break, 47-37.

Pape finished the first half with 16 points while Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) recorded her third double double of the year in the first half alone with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Columbia gave SHU all they had over the first 20 minutes but the Pioneers responded by hitting 41.1% (16-39) from the field and hitting 11-of-12 free throws.

The Sacred Heart lead hovered around the 10 point mark for the first four minutes of the second half but then the Pioneer's offense kicked into high gear and put the game away. At 16:06 and the Pioneers leading 56-48, SHU rattled off a 21-0 run over the next six minutes to lead by 29. The Pioneers dominated from there, outscoring Columbia 40-17 the rest of the way.

SHU finished with four players in double figures led by Pape's 25. She finished the game six-of-12 from the field and 11-of-13 at the line. She also grabbed six rebounds, had four assists, three steals and a block. Burke hit six-of-nine and four-of-five from three en route to her 20.

Walker tallied a career-high 18 and finished with 12 off the glass. She also passed out a career-best four assists. Rubino tallied 10 in the win to with six boards, three steals and three assists. The Pioneers held the edge on the boards, 49-36 and outscored Columbia 44-22 in the paint. SHU finished shooting 46.6% (34-73) from the floor and 20-of-23 at the line (87.0%).

Columbia, now 4-8 overall, got 15 points from Michele Gage and 14 from Megan Griffith. Brittney Carfora scored 10.

The Pioneers remained perfect this season at home, 5-0, with the win and have now taken five-straight games heading back into Northeast Conference play this weekend. SHU will travel to Wagner on Saturday and play at Mount St. Mary's on Monday night.

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