January 24, 2005

Pioneers Falter at St. Francis (PA), 89-69

Jan. 24, 2005

Final Stats

LORETTO, PA (January 24, 2005) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team fell at the hands of St. Francis (PA) Monday night, dropping an 89-69 decision in Loretto, PA. The Red Flash used a monster first half by senior Christin Black who scored 16 of her game-high 21 points as SFPA led by as many as 24 in running away with the victory. SHU falls to 9-8 with the loss and 6-2 in the NEC.

The Red Flash, now 9-9 overall and 7-2 in the league, got out the gates quickly with three's by Black, Amber Hein and Sarah Bolton followed by a three-point play by Regina Schlichter to go up 12-4 in the early going. St. Francis pulled out in front by 12 at the 14:16 mark on back-to-back lay-ups by Black as the Red Flash hit four of their first six shots, three of which came from downtown.

The Pioneers whittled the lead back to seven on a pair of Colleen White (Richboro, PA) jumpers but a 9-0 run caped by a Lauren Gompers three gave St. Francis at 16 point lead, 29-13, with just over eight minutes to play. The Red Flash continued to pour it on, closing the half with 9-0 run to grab their biggest lead at 48-26 before a pair of Allie Bagnell (Newtown, PA) free throws ended the first half.

SHU was plagued by sloppy play over the first 20 minutes, turning the ball over 12 times while getting crushed on the boards, 26-8.

Black picked up where she left off in the first half, burying a three to open the scoring for the Red Flash out of the break. The senior forward finished nine-of-14 from the field to lead all scorers. Senior Beth Swink, last season's NEC Player of the Year, was limited to just two points in the first half but finished with 17 points to go with 10 rebounds on the night. Also in double digits was Schlichter with 14 and Bolton who tallied 10 in the win.

This was the second-straight season the Pioneers have carried a wining streak into DeGol Arena. Last season they brought a school-record 10-game winning streak while tonight they were winners of five-straight, but both time coming up on the wrong end of the final score.

Sophomore Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) led all Sacred Heart scorers with 18 points. Freshman Lisa Moray scored 11 points, hitting three from behind the arc. The Pioneers were outrebounded on the night 47-32 and shot just 37.3% (22-59) overall.

The Pioneers return home to host Wagner College on Saturday, January 29th at 2:00 pm as the first half of a double header with the men's team. The men take on the Seahawks at approximately 4 pm.