Jan. 14, 2006
STATEN ISLAND, NY - Sacred Heart junior center Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to help the Pioneers overcome a tough shooting afternoon en route to a 67-56 win at Wagner College Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers pick-up their sixth-straight win and improve to 12-2 overall and 5-0 in the Northeast Conference.
The Pioneers opened an early 6-0 lead and went up 8-3 as Walker scored six early buckets. The lead went to 11-3 after a Mary Rush (Waterbury, CT) three-point play at15:47. Wagner, who used the three all half, got one from Casey Stokes followed by a dribble drive lay-up from Joy Gallagher to get their offense kick started.
Gallagher struck again, using back to back lay-ups to pull the Seahawks to within 19-16 at the 7:20 mark. After a Rush foul shout, Gallagher buried a baseline jumper to pull within two and Stokes cut it to one with a three, 25-23, at 5:38.
A quick six point run with lay-ups by Rush, Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) and Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) put the Pioneers up 30-23 at 3:56 then both teams offenses went stone cold. Wagner didn't hit a shot from the floor the rest of the half while SHU didn't have a field goal until a Rubino steal and break away with three seconds left produced the 34-26 halftime lead.
SHU shot just 36.1% (13-36) in the half and didn't hit a single three, going 0-8 from the behind the arc. Walker had a double double at the half with 10 points and 13 boards, her fourth of the season.
The Pioneer built their biggest lead of the game, 11-points, four minutes into the second half as Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) converted a three-point play. Staten Island native Liz Gruber (Staten Island, NY) hit her first of two three's in the game to stabilize SHU's lead at 44-34.
Wagner, resilient all game, cut into the lead again as Gallagher buried a three and Stokes hit a lay-up to get within 44-39. The Seahawks kept coming and were able to get within four after the second media timeout as Olivia Nagle got underneath on back-to-back possession and scored to cut the lead to 49-45 with 7:05. The Pioneers responded and ran off a 14-8 run over the next six minutes fueled by a pair of Pape jumpers to put SHU up 10, 65-54, with just 1:08 to play. Rush and Rubino stepped up to hit three-of-five free throws down the stretch to ice the win.
Joining Walker in double figures was Rush who came up with a season high 14 points to go with eight rebounds. Both Burke and Pape finished with 10 points apiece. The Pioneer's didn't fair much better shooting the basketball in the second half, finishing the game just 25-of-68 (36.8%), a season-low in NEC games.
Wagner got a game-high 19 points from Gallagher who also chipped in with six rebounds. Stokes hit four-of-five from long range to finish with 14 points and Nagle matched her with 14 of her own.
The Seahawks, now 1-13 and 1-4 in the NEC, were out rebounded 47-31 on the day and turned the ball over 18 times despite shooting 42.3% (22-52).
SHU continues their road trip Monday evening at Mount St. Mary's, tip is set for 7 pm.