Jan. 17, 2009
EMMITSBURG, Md. (January 17, 2009) - Sacred Heart got a game-high 21 points from senior center Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) as the Pioneers shot 50.0% (24-48) as a team on their way to their sixth-straight win, 71-56, at Mount St. Mary's Saturday night. The Pioneers hit seven-of-13 (.538) from behind the arc led by sophomore Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) who hit four-of-seven on her way to an 18 point night as SHU moved to 7-0 in Northeast Conference action.
Sacred Heart (10-7, 7-0 NEC), who never trailed Saturday night, battled their way through some foul trouble in the first half. Starting forward, freshman Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) was forced to the bench with two fouls after just nine minutes of action and Sowinski joined her with her second in the sixth minute. The Mount made 13 trips to the foul line, knocking down 12 but couldn't get closer then down two at any point in the first half.
SHU opened up a 22-20 game at the 7:30 mark with back-to-back three's from Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) and Apo. The Pioneer lead hit nine with 36 seconds left after a Maureen Reilly (Cherry Hill, NJ) lay-in and after a late Mount lay-in SHU went to the locker room up 33-26.
The Pioneers went right to Sowinski to start the second half and the senior center delivered scoring six of SHU's first eight points of the half. Apo buried another three and senior Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) hit from downtown to give Sacred Heart its first double digit lead of the night, 45-34, at the 17:19 mark.
Ryan's three started off what proved to be a defining 11-4 lead that opened up a 15-point Sacred Heart advantage, a mark that proved too much for the Mount to overcome. The Mountaineers could only draw as close as down 13 down the stretch as they turned the ball over 24 times in the loss.
Sowinski finished the game making eight-of-11 from the field and five-of-six at the line while also collecting five rebounds and three blocks. Apo made six-of-11 and had seven assists against just one turnover.
The Mount (7-8, 2-4 NEC) got 12 points from forward Leah Westbrooks and 11 apiece from Mary Dunn and Sandra Andresson.
The Pioneers will be off until next Saturday, January 24th when they travel to Wagner for a 4:00 pm tip-off.