Jan. 22, 2004
BROOKLYN, NY (January 22, 2004) - Junior Colleen Duggan (Newington, CT) scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a 69-50 win over St. Francis (NY) in Northeast Conference action Thursday night. The win is SHU's sixth straight and improves their record to 11-4 overall and 5-1 in the NEC.
Duggan fueled the Pioneer offense early, scoring hitting her first five shots as Sacred Heart ran out to a 12-point advantage 10 minutes in. The Pioneers, who never trailed on the night, continued to build upon their lead stretching the advantage to 39-20 at the half. Duggan, who's previous high was 15 points, eclipsed that mark in the first half alone, shooting seven-of-10 for 17 points.
The Pioneers never let up in the second half as freshmen Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) and Mary Rush (Waterbury, CT) each picked-up their games offensively to finish with 10 points a piece, a season-high mark for Walker. Fellow freshman Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) had her lowest output of the season hitting just one-of-eight to finished with two points to go with four rebounds.
Sophomore Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) also struggled from the field, hitting just three-of-12 for eight points but found a way to contribute elsewhere with four rebounds, five assists and just two turnovers. Senior Kate Maher (Waterford, Ireland) handed out six assists to tie her career high.
The Terriers, who fall to 3-11 and 2-3 in the conference with the loss, turned the ball over 25 times on the night, 16 in the first half, resulting in 23 Sacred Heart points. St. Francis also struggled shooting the ball, hitting just 37.3% (19-51) from the field and 44.4% (12-27) from the free throw line. The Terriers didn't connect once from long range, missing all six attempts.
Three players found double figures for led by Caitlin O'Malley who had 13 and seven rebounds. Kim Bennett finished with 12 points, six rebounds and three steals while Brittiny Porter had 10 in the losing effort.
Sacred Heart will face Long Island on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm in the friendly confines of the Pitt Center where the Pioneers are a perfect 8-0 this year. A win will tie the school record for consecutive wins as well as the best ever start in program history.