Jan. 15, 2007
FAIRFIELD, CT (January 15, 2007) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers shot a season-high 56.9% (33-58) and four player found double digits to lead the way to a 76-49 win over visiting Wagner College Monday night in Northeast Conference action. The Pioneers move into sole possession of first-place in the NEC standing at 6-0 and are winners of a season long five-straight as they head to Pennsylvania this weekend for a pair of conference tilts.
For the second-consecutive game the Pioneers used a fast start in the opening minutes Monday night but unlike in Saturday's win over Monmouth never trailed, building their lead to as many as 33 in the second half. SHU ran out to a 14-2 lead just over five minutes into the ball game as junior Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) buried two of her five three's on the night. The Seahawks were able to pull within single digits three times by the 10 minute mark, twice cutting the lead to nine on Takesha Dye lay-ups and getting to within 21-13 on a John'a Poole three at 9:50.
From there it was all Sacred Heart as the Pioneers quickly rattled of seven-straight points, including another Moray three, and outscored Wagner 21-4 the rest of the half to lead 42-17 at the break. Moray hit three-of-four from behind the arc in the first half to lead the way with 11 points as the Pioneers shot 57.6% (19-33) into the break and outscored the Seahawks 29-4 in the paint.
Moray added to her totals with a pair of three's in the opening minutes of the second half and the SHU lead hit 31 just under 15 minutes on a pair of Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) free throws, 52-21. The Pioneer lead peaked at 33 by the midway point of the second half and never dipped below 23 the rest of the way as they coasted to their 13th-straight NEC win and their 15th in a row at home against league competition.
In addition to her game-high 17, Moray pulled down a career-high seven rebounds and passed out three assists in the win. Sophomore Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) finished seven-of-nine from the post for 14 points. She blocked four shots and handed out a career-best four assists on the night.
Sophomore point guard Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) turned in a strong all-around performance with 10 points, a career-high six assists against just one turnover and two steals. Off the SHU bench, sophomore Katie Brown (Manahawkin, NJ) finished with 10 points in 12 minutes of action, knocking down a pair from behind the arc.
Pape, for just the second time this season, was held under double digits, finishing with eight points and eight rebounds with four assists and four steals in 24 minutes. Fellow senior Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) tallied seven points and seven boards in the win.
The Pioneers held the edge on the boards, 38-24, and finished with a 40-14 scoring advantage inside.
For Wagner (2-15, 1-6 NEC), Dye finished with 10 points and six rebounds. The Seahawks shot 34.5% (19-55) and turned the ball over 20 times, leading to 20 SHU points on the other end.
The Pioneers will be in Loretto, Pa. on Saturday afternoon to face Saint Francis (PA) at 4:00 pm and then take on Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa. on Monday night.