Jan. 29, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT (January 29, 2005) - Junior Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) scored a season-high 20 points while teammate, sophomore Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) tallied 19 to lead the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a 78-56 Northeast Conference win over visiting Wagner College Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers improve to 10-8 overall and 7-2 in the NEC with the win while the Seahawks remain winless at 0-17 and 0-8 in the league.
The Pioneers were in trouble in the early going, falling behind by five, 11-6, six and a half minutes into the game. SHU tied it up at 11-11 with a Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) three and a Rubino jumper but Wagner pulled back ahead by five, 17-12, with just under 10 to play in the half on three-straight lay-ups. The Seahawks pounded the ball inside early, scoring 14 of their 17 points in the paint.
Wagner, however, couldn't hold on as the Pioneer's took over using a 7-0 lead to grab the lead for good and a 25-9 run to close the first half to hold an 11-point lead, 37-26 at the break. Rubino and Pape fueled the SHU rally, hitting for 12 and 11 points, respectively, over the first 20 minutes. Wagner turned the ball over 16 total times, 13 of which came on Sacred Heart's run.
The closest the Seahawks would get in the second half was down six, 40-31, at the 18:16 mark on three's by Ali Ridge and Joy Gallagher. The Pioneers held Wagner at bay and never let the lead dip below 12 under the 10 minute mark and ran their lead to as many at 24 in the closing minutes.
Rubino's 20 point effort snaps a string of six-straight games the junior had been held under double digits. She finished four-of-eight from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 at the line, a feat last accomplished by Leslie Newhard when she hit 10-straight against UMass-Lowell on January 18, 1999. Rubino just missed a double double with nine rebounds, tying her career-high, and five assists.
Pape was six-of-nine from the floor and seven-of-10 form the line with eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. Also in double figures was senior Colleen White (Richboro, PA) with 12 points and sophomore Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) with 10.
Wagner was plagued by 27 turnovers and were outrebounded 39-27 on the day. Gallagher hit for a team-high 16 points. Ridge finished with 13 in the loss.
SHU returns to the court on Wednesday night when they host Monmouth, a team that handed the Pioneers their first NEC loss this year, at 7 pm.
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