SHU Pioneers Win Fifth-Straight Beating St. Francis-NY, 63-47

Jan. 16, 2008

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT (January 16, 2008) - Sacred Heart got 15 points apiece from junior Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) and freshman Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) on the way to their fifth-straight win Wednesday night, 63-47 over visiting St. Francis-NY. The Pioneers remain unbeaten in Northeast Conference play at 6-0 as they improve to 11-6 on the year. The Terriers fall to 6-11 and 3-3 in the NEC with the loss.

SHU started the game on a 7-0 run and extended their early lead to 13-2 by the 12 minute mark. The Pioneer lead peaked at 12 in the first half, leading 23-11 at 3:49 but a quick pair of three's by Terrier senior Tiffany Hill sliced that lead in half on St. Francis' next two possessions. SHU sophomore Lindsey Gibson hit a pair of free throws for the Pioneer's final points of the half as the offense struggled, going the final four minutes with out a field goal. Hill tossed in another jumper before the horn and Sacred Heart carried a 25-18 lead into the break.

A Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) jumper right out of the break started a quick 7-2 run in the opening minutes as the SHU lead bounced back to double digits, 32-20, after an Apo three and a pair of Sowinski free throws. Junior Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) gave the Pioneers a 13-point lead at the 14:36 mark after hitting a pair of free throws and a runner in the lane for a 36-23 advantage.

The next two minutes was all St. Francis as the Terriers cut the lead all the way down to three thanks to a quick 10-0 spurt. Katja Bavendam got it started with a three-point play and followed with a turnaround jumper in the lane. Cecelia Herald came up with a lay-in underneath and Linda Warrington chased down a long rebound and buried a three to pull her team to within 36-33 at the 12:11 mark.

Sacred Heart responded and ripped off an 18-5 run over a seven-minute span that put the game away. A three by freshman Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) buried a three with four minutes left that gave the Pioneers their biggest lead of the night at 59-40 as SHU cruised home to their fifth-straight victory.

In addition to her 15 points, Apo added four assists and four rebounds to her totals. Sowinski finished with four rebounds, two assists and three blocks along with her 15. Ryan also finished in double digits with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in the win. Sacred Heart hit 52.2% from the field in the second half and handed out 15 assists on the evening.

SHU will hit the road this weekend heading down to Emmitsburg, Maryland to take on Mount St. Mary's. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 pm.

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