January 10, 2004

Pioneers Stay Perfect at Home with 78-67 Win Over Fairleigh Dickinson

Jan. 10, 2004

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT (January 10, 2004) - Freshman Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) recorded her second double-double of the season to lead the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a 78-67 win over Fairleigh Dickinson in Northeast Conference action Saturday afternoon. Pape scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Pioneers improve to 7-4 overall and 2-1 in the NEC.

The lead changed hands five times over the first 13 minutes of play before Sacred Heart took a commanding 10 point lead, 27-17, into the media timeout. The Knights, refusing to go away, came out blazing with a 10-0 run to tie it back up, 27-27, with 3:16 to play in the half.

SHU's Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) hit a jumper to stop the bleeding and at the same time fuel a Pioneer run. Burke led Sacred Heart on an 11-0 jaunt, scoring all of her seven points over the stretch to put the Pioneers back in front by 11, 38-27. FDU's Jennifer Kozlowksi finally answered for the Knights, burying a three in the final seconds of the half to send the game in to the break, 38-30, SHU. Fairleigh Dickinson used some strong inside play in the first half, outscoring Sacred Heart, 22-12 in the middle as forward Kay Odenwaelder came off the bench to shoot five-of-six scoring 11 points.

The Knights turned on the pressure to start the second half, outscoring the Pioneers 13-6 over the first five and half minutes cutting the lead to one, 44-43. That was the closest FDU would get the rest of the way as Sacred Heart found their offense quickly stretching the lead back to 10 and taking control over the final 10 minutes of play. The Pioneers finished the game shooting a season-best 54.9% (25-54) while getting to the free throw line 25 times, hitting 18.

Pape, who's 24 points gives her five 20-plus point performances this season, shot eight-of-12 from both the field and the line while her 12 boards ties her season-high. Sophomore Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) continues to have a hot hand, scoring 19 in the win. Rubino finished eight-of-eight from the stripe with four assists and four steals.

Junior Colleen Duggan (Newington, CT) played well in the middle for Sacred Heart, tying her career-high with 10 points on five-of-eight shooting. Fellow junior Colleen White (Richboro, PA) handed out a career-high five assists while senior Kate Maher (Waterford, Ireland) scored nine points and pulled down seven rebounds in the win.

Fairleigh Dickinson, who falls to 4-8 overall and 1-2 in the conference, was plagued by 26 turnovers that turned in into 25 Sacred Heart points. Natallie Marchanka, a Preseason All-NEC selection, was held scoreless in the first half but came alive in the second to finish with a team-high 16. Marchanka also set up her teammates with seven helpers while grabbing four rebounds and making three steals. Odenwaelder finished with 14 while both Erin Mills and Jennifer Kozlowksi netted 10 apiece.

Sacred Heart, now 6-0 at home this year, will look to avenge an early season loss to Wagner as they return to the court on Tuesday evening, January 13th to host the Seahawks at 7 pm.

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