January 19, 2008

Sacred Heart Streak Snapped at the Mount, 74-63

Jan. 19, 2008

Final Stats

EMMITSBURG, Md. (January 19, 2008) - Dominique Mazzuchi notched her first career-double double with 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 74-63 win over visiting Sacred Heart Saturday afternoon in Northeast Conference action. The loss snapped the Pioneers five-game winning streak and also ended a 13-game SHU winning streak in the series delivering the Mount their first home win of the season.

The Pioneers (11-7, 6-1 NEC) jumped in front in the early minutes, opening the game with three-point makes from freshmen Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA), Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) and junior Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) to lead 9-4. The Mount showed early on they were game and pulled out in front by front by four, 19-15, midway through the half as senior Tiffany Green buried back-to-back three's of her own.

Sacred Heart responded and got a lift from sophomore Lindsey Gibson (Mechanicville, NY) who came off the bench to score six first half points and help the Pioneers get off on a quick 8-3 spurt that gave them a six-point advantage, 31-25, with three minute to play. The Mountaineer offense continued to click however and a Mazzuchi three with 46 seconds was followed by a long Green three just before the horn to send the team into the locker room up 37-36.

The Mount (5-13, 3-4 NEC) carried the momentum of Green's three over to the second half and never looked back opening the second stanza on a 14-4 run to take a double-digit lead with 13:40 showing on the clock. Mazzuchi scored seven on the run and kept the hot hand, hitting two more three's as the Mount extended their lead to 20, 68-48, with 9:36 to play.

SHU tried to chip away at the Mountaineer advantage and whittled the lead down to 12, 70-58, with just over five minutes to play. Four-straight turnovers on the next four Pioneers possessions however halted any hope of a comeback and the Mount coasted home to a 74-63 win ending the two Sacred Heart winning streaks.

The 74 points allowed by the Sacred Heart defense was the most given up to any team in two halves of play this season. La Salle posted 75 in an overtime win back in December. The 13-game streak over the Mountaineers extended back to the 2001 season when the Mount knocked SHU from the NEC Tournament with a 50-45 win in the semifinal round.

Apo lead all Pioneers scorers with 20 points in the loss, coming on seven-of-12 shooting. The freshman guard tied her career-high pulling down eight boards. Junior Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) scored 19 points but shot just nine-of-22 in the game. Ryan also finished in double digits with 12 points and eight rebounds. Gibson tied her career-high with eight points and pulled down five rebounds, handed out three assists and made two steals. The Pioneers shot 45.5% but turned the ball over 17 times.

In addition to Mazzuchi's 26-point afternoon, three other Mountaineers found double digits. Sophomore Hassanah Oliver chipped in with 16 points and five assists while Green tallied 14. Freshman Mary Dunn finished with 10 points.

Sacred Heart is right back in action on Monday night when they play host to the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights at 7:00 pm.

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