January 22, 2007

Pape and Walker's Matching Double Dips Lift SHU over Robert Morris, 72-54

Jan. 22, 2007

Final Stats

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (January 22, 2007) - Sacred Heart seniors Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) and Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) posted matching double doubles Monday night to power the Pioneers past Robert Morris, 72-54, in a Northeast Conference match-up. The Pioneers outscored the Colonials, 50-26, in the second half en route to their 12th victory on the year that improves them to 7-1 in the NEC.

RMU (11-6, 5-2 NEC) came out hot and jumped out to a 12-4 lead on one of Jenna Burkett's four three's seven minutes in. Pape picked SHU right up with a put back and a steal and lay-in off the inbounds on their next possession. The Colonials held tight to a 17-16 lead and the Pioneers hit a bit of an offensive drought, going without a field goal for nearly five minutes, managing just a pair of Walker and Pape free throws.

Burkett's third three of the half gave Robert Morris a 24-20 lead before a Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) turnaround jumper stopped SHU's shooting woes. The Colonials responded and scored the last four points of the half to lead 28-22 at the break.

A pair of three's from Burkett and Kendra Williams got Robert Morris going out of the half but it would be all Sacred Heart from there. The Pioneers used a 14-2 run to regain the lead for good with Pape scoring the final seven points on the run and they never looked back.

Leading 46-39 midway through the second half, a 12-3 SHU jaunt put the game away as a three by Liz Gruber (Staten Island, NY) and a pair from Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) led the way.

SHU shot 64.0% (16-25) in the second half, hitting six-of-10 from behind the arc and knocking down 12-of-14 at the free throw line. The Pioneers controlled the boards and the paint, outrebounding Robert Morris, 45-38, and outscoring the Colonials in the paint 34-18.

Pape finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds as well as four steals and three assists. Walker had 10 points and 11 boards for her second-straight double dip. It was the 21st double double effort for both players in their careers.

Moray finished with 11 points after hitting three-of-six from behind the arc in the second half. Gruber came off the bench and finished with a season-high 12 points.

The Pioneers did a tremendous job on the Colonials top-two scorers, Sugiery Monsac and Chinata Nesbit, holding them to 10 and 11 points respectively and a combined seven-of-19 shooting. The pair came in averaging 16.6 points apiece. Burkett led her team with 18 in the loss.

SHU returns to action on Saturday and stay in state to face Central Connecticut at 4:00 pm.