Jan. 13, 2007
Sacred Heart vs. Monmouth Post Game Notes
Today's win extends Sacred Heart's winning streak to 14-straight at home over NEC opponents.
The Pioneers also extended the regular season winning streak to 12-straight in NEC play dating back to last season.
SHU widened their lead to 8-6 over Monmouth in the all-time series between the two schools.
SHU remains unbeaten in conference play at 5-0 and remained tied for first in the league standings.
The Pioneers last four NEC games have been decided by single digits and an average of 7.0 points per game.
Amanda Pape recorded her third double double of the season and the 20th of her career with 29 points and 10 rebounds.
Pape has six games this season with 25 or more points. She played all 40 minutes in the win, marking the sixth time this season she has not come off the court in a game.
Jasmine Walker pulled down 10 rebounds her eighth game this season with double digit rebounds and her fourth in the last five games.
Mary Rush made her return to the court on Saturday after missing the last 10 games and only playing in three contests this year. Rush played six minutes, made a pair of free throws in the final seconds and got a block in her return to the Pioneer lineup.
The Pioneers shot a season-low 50.0% (14-28) at the free throw line. SHU did make five-of-six in the final 59 seconds to seal the game. Their previous low was 56.5% (13-23) at St. Francis (NY) a week ago.
SHU turned the ball over a season-high 23 times in the win, leading to 18 Monmouth points at the other end. Their previous high was 20 at Columbia on November 28th.
For the second-straight game, Sacred Heart trailed at the 10 minute mark of the second half and rallied for a win. The Pioneers are 2-6 this season when down at ten minutes to go and 10-1 when leading with five minutes to play.
The Pioneer bench was outscored for the 13th time in 16 games this season. MU held a 21-2 edge in bench points.
Sacred Heart is 4-0 this season when playing on Saturday. However, weekends are not totally kind to the Pioneers. SHU is 0-3 on Sunday's.
Saturday marked the first time since the 2006 NEC Championship game against Quinnipiac that the Pioneers had two players with double digit rebounds (Pape, Walker - 10 rebounds each). In that game, Walker finished with 17 caroms and Pape pulled down 14.