Women's Hoop Runs Away From Quinnipiac, 77-48

FAIRFIELD, CT (January 20, 2005) - Freshman Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) led five Sacred Heart University players in double figures and sophomore Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) recorded her third double-double of the season with 11 points and ten rebounds to lead the Pioneers to a 77-48 win over visiting Quinnipiac University in a Northeast Conference women's basketball battle Thursday night. It was the fourth straight win for Sacred Heart.

The Pioneers, now 8-7 overall and 5-1 in the NEC, raced out to a 14-4 lead in the first four minutes of the game thanks to a full-court press and a pair of threes from junior Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) and sophomore Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA). By the five-minute mark, SHU had increased the bulge to 20-7. Pape led the charge with six points on a pair of fast-break buckets off Quinnipiac turnovers and a second-chance basket.

A three-pointer by Moray, followed by a spinning layup from Rubino with 13:00 to play stretched the Pioneer lead to 26-7. Senior Colleen White (Richboro, PA) hit a turnaround hook shot in the lane with 8:20 to go to make it 35-13. Another three by Moray with 2:45 left gave the Pioneers their biggest lead of the half at 46-22. A jumper by Colleen Duggan (Newington, CT) at the buzzer sent Sacred Heart to the locker room with a 48-24 lead at the intermission.

A three-point play on the first possession of the second half by sophomore Jasmine Walker, followed by a three-pointer by Burke with 19:00 to play gave SHU a 54-24 lead. The Bobcats refused to go away quietly, however, and a 13-2 run over the next eight minutes, capped by a pair of free throws by junior Charmaine Steele with 12:05 left cut the SHU lead to 56-37.

Senior Allie Bagnell stopped the bleeding for the Pioneers with a pair of free throws with 9:13 left to make it 58-37. It was the first Sacred Heart points in over nine points. Bagnell made it 60-37 with 8:42 left with a layup off a Pape steal and squelched any further thoughts of a Bobcat comeback.

Moray was five of six from three point range, and scored her 15 points in just 14 minutes off the bench. Sophomore Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) also scored in double figures for the Pioneers with 11 points, while White and Burke finished with ten each. Rubino tallied nine points, passed out a career-high nine assists, grabbed six rebounds and made two steals in the win. It was the first time all season five Sacred Heart players had scored in double digits.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Quinnipiac, now 7-8 overall and 4-2 in the conference. None of the Bobcat players scored in double figures. The Bobcats were led by senior Sherita Smith and freshman Monique Lee with eight points apiece.