Pioneers Handed First NEC Loss, 69-63, at Saint Francis (PA)

Pioneers Handed First NEC Loss, 69-63, at Saint Francis (PA)

Jan. 20, 2007

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LORETTO, Pa. (January 20, 2007) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team suffered their first Northeast Conference loss of 2007 Saturday afternoon, losing at Saint Francis (PA), 69-63, snapping a five-game winning streak. The Pioneers are now 6-1 on the year in the NEC and 11-7 on the year. The Red Flash, who got a game-high 19 points from Shawna Scott, improves to 2-5 in the league and 5-13 overall.

Sacred Heart was sloppy with the ball in the opening minutes, turning it over six times before they scored their first points of the game just over three minutes in. SFPA grabbed an early 9-5 lead on a steal, three-point play lay-in by Christie Ayers at 15:02. The Red Flash held strong for much of the first half and built a 33-28 lead under the five minute mark.

The Pioneers pulled themselves into the game and knotted it up at 33-33 with 1:57 left after an Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) three and a steal and drive to the hoop by Mary Rush (Waterbury, CT). The Red Flash answered and Kanisha Garrett buried a pair of jumpers to send her team into the half up 37-33.

SHU had 12 turnovers in the first half and were beaten on the boards, 18-14. Saint Francis pulled down six offensive caroms that led to nine second chance points. Both teams shot well in the half, with SHU hitting 50.0% and SFPA 48.5%.

The Red Flash lead hit seven, 42-35, at the 18:58 mark on a three point play by Scott but their offense would stall out and go scoreless over the next seven minutes. Sacred Heart used the drought to their advantage and grabbed a four point lead after a 12-0 run that was fueled by a pair of Lisa Moray (Hopwell Junction, NY) three's, 47-42, with 12 minutes to go.

With the Pioneers leading 52-50 at the 7:24 mark, the Red Flash used a quick 6-0 spurt to grab the lead back for good, 54-52, on a pair of Emily Bollinger free throws and they outscored SHU, 19-11, the rest of the way for the win.

Sacred Heart got 18 points apiece from both Pape and Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) who also had a double double with 14 rebounds. Moray hit five-of-seven from behind the arc for 17 in the loss.

The Pioneers continue their Pennsylvania road trip Monday night at Robert Morris. Game time is slated for 7:00 pm.