Pioneers Stay Unbeaten in the NEC with 80-68 Win at Wagner

Jan. 24, 2009

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (January 24, 2009) - Sacred Heart sophomore Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) made 12-of-12 at the free throw line on her way to a game-high 24 points as the Pioneers improved to 8-0 in the Northeast Conference with an 80-68 win at Wagner College Saturday afternoon. Senior center Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) notched her fifth double double of the year scoring 17 points with 13 rebounds along with four blocks as SHU picks up their seventh-straight victory.

The Seahawks (5-13, 1-7 NEC) took their only lead of the day four minutes in as junior Andrea Reed buried a three for a 7-6 lead. The Pioneers (11-7, 8-0 NEC) responded with a 16-3 run over the next six minutes of action fueled by a trio of Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) three's, including back-to-back at 10:41 and 10:11 to put SHU up 22-10 and force a Wagner timeout.

Wagner pulled within seven, 30-23 at the 4:52 mark but SHU closed out the half with a 9-2 spurt to lead 39-25 at the break. Cosgrove led the Pioneers over the first 20 minutes, hitting four-of-five from behind the arc and posting 14 points. SHU burst out of the locker room and scored the second half's first nine points. Senior Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) and Apo buried three's and the Pioneer lead hit its high water mark at 23-points, 48-25, two and a half minutes in.

The Sacred Heart lead never dipped below double digits in the second half but the Pioneers did need some steady shooting at the free throw line to overcome a long scoring drought and a pesky Wagner offense. Sowinski's lay-in at the 7:49 mark was SHU's only field goal until the 1:23 mark when the senior center hit again. In between, the Pioneers went to the free throw line 20 times and made 17, a feat that never allowed Wagner to get closer then down 11.

Apo's 12-for-12 afternoon at the line helped her overcome a five-for-14 shooting day as the sophomore guard also dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds. Her 12 makes at the charity stripe marked a new career high.

SHU's Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) finished with 10 points and six rebounds before fouling out. Cosgrove finished with 16 points. The Pioneers finished the game shooting 41.2% (21-51) from the field and finished 29-of-36 at the free throw line, season-highs for makes and attempts.

The Seahawks got 20 points from Ashley Olsen and 11 points and 10 assists from Reed in the loss

Sacred Heart will be back in action on Monday night as they head to instate rival Quinnipiac University. The Pioneers and Bobcats will tip-off at 7:00 pm

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