Jan. 10, 2009
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (January 10, 2009) - Sophomore Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) scored 27 points to lead four players in double figures as the Sacred Heart Pioneers posted a 83-70 win over Robert Morris in a battle of unbeatens in the Northeast Conference. The Pioneers shot a season-high 56.1% (32-57) from the field and 53.3% (8-15) from behind the arc as they move to 5-0 in NEC play and 8-7 overall with their fourth-straight victory.
In what was an up and down game all afternoon, the Pioneers (8-7, 5-0 NEC) never trailed putting up a season-high 83 points in the win. SHU shot out 5-0 on a freshman Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) jumper and sophomore Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) three and went up six, 12-6, five minutes in. Back-to-back three's by RMU's Sade Logan and Kendra Williams produced what proved to be the only tie of the afternoon, 12-12, with 13:54 on the clock.
SHU answered with a 10-2 run over the next two minutes to snag a 22-14 lead and went up nine at the five minute mark. A quick Colonial spurt cut the lead to five but the Pioneers used the final four minutes of the first half for a 14-6 run started by a Cosgrove three and ending with a Taylor three to lead 48-35 at the break.
The second half was even better for Sacred Heart as the Pioneers shot a blistering 66.7% (14-21). SHU's lead grew to 14, 61-47, at the 13:43 mark but the Robert Morris refused to go away and answered with a run. The Colonials rattled off a 13-4 rally helped by a pair of Logan three's to cut the Pioneer lead down to five, 65-60, with just over nine minutes to go. That would be as close as RMU could get however as SHU to a lay-in by Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) followed by a baseline jumper from Taylor to go back up nine and force a Colonial timeout.
Robert Morris (5-9, 3-1 NEC) couldn't kill SHU's momentum as the Pioneers pushed their lead back to double digits on a three-point play from Apo at 6:14. Sacred Heart kept Robert Morris at bay the remaining six minutes as Apo fueled the Pioneers with another bucket and a pair of free throws and Taylor put the final stamp on the win burying a three with 1:08 left to leave no doubt.
Apo finished the afternoon hitting eight-of-10 from the field, one-of-two behind the arc and a 10-of-11 at the charity stripe. The sophomore guard also dished out eight assists, grabbed three boards and picked-up a steal in the win.
Also in double digits for SHU was Taylor who finished one rebound shy of her fourth double double tallying 18 points with nine rebounds. Taylor shot eight-of-11 and two-of-two from three on the day. The duo of Apo and Taylor are the reigning Choice Hotels NEC Player and Rookie of the Week.
Senior center Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) finished with 16 points and seven rebounds while Cosgrove hit four three's in the win for 14 points to go with four assists.
The Colonials got 18 points from Logan while Monet Johnson chipped in a double double with 17 points and 10 boards. Monica Jones finished with 16 points in the loss. As a team, the Colonials grabbed 16 offensive rebounds while shooting 41.9% (26-62) from the field.
The Pioneers are right back in NEC action on Monday night playing host to the Saint Francis (PA) Red Flash. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm