Jan. 13, 2007
FAIRFIELD, CT (January 13, 2007) - Senior Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) recorded the 20th double-double of her career with 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Sacred Heart University women's basketball team to a 60-51 win over visiting Monmouth University Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers overcame a season-high 23 turnovers and a 14-of-28 day at the free throw line to win their fourth-straight and improve to 10-6 overall and 5-0 in the Northeast Conference.
The Pioneers scored the first 15 points of the game as the Hawks missed their first seven shots and turned it over five times over the first six minutes. The Hawks didn't score until Jennifer Bender converted a lay-up with 13:47 to go in the half. In fact, Monmouth scored ten of the next 12 to cut the SHU lead to 17-10 midway through the first half.
Pape put the team on her back, scoring the next five Pioneer points, to help her team lead 22-12 with 8:30 to go in the period. Neither team scored for the next five minutes, but a Marisa Jiminez jumper with 5:15 left had the Hawks within eight. Rachel Ferdinand hit a lay-up in the final seconds of the half for Monmouth to send her team to the locker room trailing by just six at 25-19.
Monmouth (9-6, 3-2 NEC) sprinted out of the locker room and scored the first six points of the second half to knot the game at 25-25 just one minute into the action. The Pioneers jumped back in front on a Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) bucket but Monmouth continued to a hot streak and jumped out to a six point lead, 41-35, with just over nine minutes to go.
The Pioneers (10-6, 5-0 NEC) once again went to Pape for an answer the senior gave them one, scoring six points on a 16-2 run over the next seven minutes, capped by a Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) three at 2:49 to give SHU a 51-43 lead. The Hawks were able to get it to five with 1:49 left but despite their overall poor free throw shooting the Pioneers hit five-of-six in the last minute of the game to ice the game away.
The win is Sacred Heart's 14th-straight at home against Northeast Conference opponents as they remain unbeaten in league play. Saturday also marked the second-straight game the Pioneers came back from a second half deficit with 10 minutes to go in the game. SHU's 50.0% (14-28) day at the line marked a season low.
Pape played all 40 minutes and added six assists and three steals to her double dip. Sophomore Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) was the only other Pioneer in double figures with 10 points. Senior Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) pulled down 10 rebounds in the win.
The Hawks shot just 29.0% (20-69) in the loss and got 10 points from Bender off the bench. They got 21 points off their bench but turned the ball over 22 times
SHU will be right back in action on Monday night when they play host to Wagner at 7:00 pm.