Jan. 17, 2004
EMMITSBURG, MD - Sophomore guard Nicolle Rubino poured in 23 points to tie her career scoring high and dished out a career-best six assists to lead the Sacred Heart University women's basketball team to a 64-58 win over Mount St. Mary's on Saturday afternoon. The win also was the 200th for SHU head coach Ed Swanson.
Sacred Heart, now 9-4 overall and 4-1 in the NEC, struggled shooting the ball all game. The Pioneers shot just 33 percent in the first half and turned the ball over 12 times, but still managed to go into the locker room tied at 29 at the intermission.
The Mount, 4-11 overall and 3-3 in the conference, opened up a five point lead at 39-34 with 14:30 to play in the game after a rebound and basket by senior forward Beth Foster. Foster led the Mountaineers with ten rebounds.
The Pioneers then went on a 15-2 run over the next six minutes to take a 49-41 lead with 8:51 left. A pair of threes from freshman guard Kerri Burke and a trey by Rubino.
The Mountaineers then used a mini 7-0 run to close within a point at 49-48 with 5:43 to go after a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Samira Rashid.
A layup by Amanda Pape gave the Pioneers a little breathing room and a minute later a pair of free throws by the freshman gave SHU a 55-50 lead with 3:57 left. Colleen White, who would finish the game with a career-high ten rebounds, made it 57-50 with a layup with 3:24 to play.
The Mount wouldn't get any closer, making just two of its last seven field goal attempts and the Pioneers controlled the glass. SHU would out-rebound The Mount 47-38, led by 11 from junior Kate Maher.
The win was the first on the road for the Pioneers this season. They will return to the friendly confines of the Pitt Center on Tuesday for a 7:00 game against Columbia University.