January 13, 2008

SHU Freshman Alisa Apo Nets 23 in 59-57 Win at Robert Morris

Jan. 13, 2008

Final Stats

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (January 13, 2008) - Sacred Heart freshman Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) scored 18 of her team-high 23 points in the second half to lead the Pioneers to a 59-57 win at Robert Morris Sunday afternoon in Northeast Conference action. The Pioneers remain unbeaten in early season NEC play at 5-0 and extend their winning streak to a season-long four-straight.

Both teams were solid defensively in the first half, sitting tied at 9-9 at the 9:12 mark and 12-12 with 5:19 to go. SHU jumped in front by three on a freshman Maureen Reilly (Cherry Hill, NJ) three-point play but RMU's Sade Logan answered with back-to-back jumpers on their next two trips down the floor. Apo came up with a runner in the lane to give the Pioneers back a 17-16 edge with 2:30 to go but the Colonials got a spark from Logan again on a three and then a pair of Chinata Nesbit free throws to lead by five, 23-18 with 34 ticks left before the break.

Apo closed out the first half scoring with a pair of free throws of her own as the two teams headed to the locker room with RMU in front 24-20. Both teams struggled shooting the ball with SHU hitting 28.0% (7-25) and Robert Morris making just 28.6% (8-28).

The Pioneers (10-6, 5-0 NEC) opened the second half with a 10-1 run over the first five minutes of action. Junior center Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) led the charge with three buckets on the run as SHU took a 32-25 lead. The high powered Colonial offense went to their leading scorer in Logan and pulled back in front, 35-34, at the 12:19 mark after a three and jumper by the nation's second leading scorer.

The two teams traded the lead twice more before the Pioneers grabbed the lead for good as Apo buried her fourth and fifth three-point field goals of the afternoon and SHU led 54-48 with five minutes to go. Fellow freshman Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) gave the Pioneers their biggest lead at eight, 56-48, with a pair of free throws. RMU made one last run and after jumpers by Nesbit and Logan, cut the lead to four with 2:25 to go. Junior Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) pushed it back to six with a pair of free throws but Logan was fouled attempting a three on the next Colonial possession and made all three.

The junior guard came up with a big play on the defensive end, coming up with a block on a Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) attempt and buried another jumper to pull her team to within one, 58-57, with 32 ticks left. The Pioneers turned the ball over setting up a Colonial attempt for the lead, but Logan's bid missed the mark and Sowinski corralled the loose ball while getting fouled. The junior knocked down the first but missed the second as RMU raced up court with two seconds left as Kendra Williams got off a desperation heave just inside half court just before the horn that banked off the rim sealing the Pioneer victory.

Apo finished the afternoon hitting seven-of-15 from the field and four-of-five from behind the arc. Sowinski also found double figures for the 16th-straight game scoring 17 points with eight rebounds and two blocks. The Pioneers hit 46.4% in the second half en route to the win.

The Colonials (7-8, 2-2 NEC) got a game-high 28 points from Logan and a double double from Nesbit who finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

The Pioneers look to keep their winning streak alive this Wednesday night when they play host to the St. Francis-NY Terriers.

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