SHU Pioneers Overcome Poor Shooting Night to Post 51-47 Win at the Mount

Jan. 28, 2010

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EMMITSBURG, Md. (January 28, 2010) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers hit 20-of-22 at the free throw line to help overcome their poorest shooting game of the season, 25.9% (14-54), on the way to a 51-47 win at Mount St. Mary's Thursday night. Junior Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) led the way hitting 10-of-11 at the charity stripe en route to 20 points as the Pioneers improved to 15-5 overall and 8-1 in the Northeast Conference.

SHU (15-5, 8-1 NEC) held the Mount (7-12, 3-6 NEC) scoreless over the last 3:25 of the game, scoring the last six points of the night to secure the win. Both teams shot under 20% from the field in the second half with the Pioneers needing to overcome just a four-of-29 effort. The game featured 16 lead changes with SHU grabbing the lead for good with 1:16 to go.

The first half saw the Pioneers turn it over 14 times, tying their highest total in the first 20 minutes this season (14 - Saint Peter's). Mount used the 14 Pioneer miscues to the tune of 15 points to help overcome just 10-of-32 shooting effort. The Mount also did the job on the glass, out rebounding SHU 19-15 with 10 offensive boards

Sacred Heart freshman Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY) scored nine of her 13 points in the first half as both teams played to a 29-29 tie at the break. Apo gave the Pioneers an early three-point lead in the opening minutes of the second half, 34-31, burying a three from the wing at 18:05. SHU would go without a field goal until the 8:51 mark.

The Mount failed to capitalize, taking only a two point advantage, 36-34, during the stretch. Apo ended the drought with a lay-up and foul, finishing the three-point play for a 37-36 advantage. The lead changed hands five more times over the next five minutes with neither team able to push their lead to more than a bucket.

With the game tied at 45-45 with 3:47 left, the Mount scored their final points of the night on a Leah Westbrook's lay-in at 3:25. After getting a stop on the defensive end, SHU's Evans missed a pull up jumper but fellow freshman Morgan Merriman (Seattle, WA) chased down the last of her season-high six rebounds and fed junior Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) for a baseline jumper and a 48-47 lead with 1:16 left.

SHU corralled another Mount miss next time down and Apo was fouled with 27 second left, promptly hitting both free throws for a50-47 advantage. Chasing three, Mount's Selina Mann drew a foul with 19 ticks left but missed both as sophomore Alexis Campbell (Ashburn, VA) grabbed the loose ball and got fouled. She hit one of two for a 51-47 advantage and a Cassie Cook three attempt in the waning seconds missed its mark sealing the Pioneer win.

Apo's 20 points came on 10-of-11 at the free throw line to go with eight rebounds and three steals. Taylor finished with just eight points but pulled down 12 rebounds, just missing her 12th double double of the season. SHU turned it over 21 times overall, leading to 23 Mount points at the other end.

Mann was the only Mount player in double figures and finished with a double double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Mount shot just 24.2% (15-62) and failed to make a three, going 0-for-11.

The Pioneers will continue their road trip Saturday afternoon at Wagner College. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 pm, following the men's game at 12:00 noon.

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