Pioneers Claim First Place in the NEC with 69-60 Win at Robert Morris

Jan. 22, 2005

Final Stats

MOON TOWNSHIP, PA (January 22, 2005) - Sophomore Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) recorded her second-straight double-double Saturday night to guide the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a 69-60 win at Robert Morris, putting the Pioneers all alone in first place in the Northeast Conference. Pape finished with a season-high 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead SHU to their fifth-straight win as they improve to 9-7 overall and 6-1 in the league.

Both teams were very sluggish in the early going, neither able to take control and dictate offensively. It wasn't until just under the 10-minute mark when the Pioneer offense began to take over. SHU used a 14-3 run over a 6:27 span that gave them their biggest lead of the half at 27-15.

The Colonials chipped right back quickly cutting that lead to five on a pair of lay-ups by Sugiery Monsac and DeSheyna Perry and a three by Le'Sheala Dawson. Pape converted on the break with 30 seconds left in the half and freshman Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) made one of two free throws after the Robert Morris bench was called for a technical foul to give Sacred Heart a 30-22 lead at the break.

Pape had a huge half with 14 points on six-of-10 shooting as the team shot 44.4% (12-27) over the first 20 minutes. RMU's Monsac was just as impressive with 13 of her own.

SHU carried their momentum over to the second half with a lay-up by Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) followed by a jumper from Colleen White (Richboro, PA) from the wing to build their lead back to 12, 34-22.

The Colonials fought their way back when down 11 with 16 minutes to go they made their run. Robert Morris's Tess Cooley fueled with six points on a 10-2 run that brought the Colonials to within one, 40-39, with just under 11 minutes to go.

The Pioneers would take RMU's best punch and got off the mat as they put the game out of reach with an 10-0 run over the next four minutes started by a pair of Pape free throws and ending with a pair from Walker to give SHU what proved an insurmountable 50-39 lead. The closest Robert Morris would get the rest of the way was eight points as they fall to 11-6 overall and 6-2 in the NEC.

Pape's 25-point effort was complimented by White's 14-point performance, 10 of which came in the second half. White also finished with three blocks and two steals in the win. Sophomore Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) scored five points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds as the Pioneers won the battle of the boards, 39-35.

SHU finished the game shooting 47.9% (23-48) from the field and made 22-of-31 (71.0%) from the line.

The Colonials were led by Monsac who tallied a game-high 28 points to go with 10 rebounds. Cooley also posted a double-double with 10 points and 14 boards. Perry scored 13 and passed out seven assists with four steals.

Sacred Heart continues its road trip as they travel to Loretto, PA to face defending NEC Champion St. Francis (PA) Monday night at 8:30 pm.