Jan. 30, 2010
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (January 30, 2010) - Sacred Heart junior Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) became the school's all-time leader in three-point field goals hitting four-of-five on her way to a 16 point effort as the Pioneers posted a 71-64 win at Wagner College Saturday afternoon. Freshman Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY) and junior Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) added 20 and 19 points, respectively, as the Pioneers improved to 16-5 overall and 9-1 in the NEC with the win.
Cosgrove moves past Ashley Kohl (2000-04) into first place all-time in career three's. Kohl made 173 during her career as Cosgrove eclipsed that mark with 176 and counting. The junior came into the game as the nation's leading three-point shooter, hitting 53.9% from behind the arc.
The Pioneers (16-5, 9-1 NEC) jumped out to a 9-3 lead as Cosgrove opened the game with a three, tying the SHU career mark. The Sacred Heart lead grew to 25-13 by the 7:40 mark as the junior guard became the Pioneer all-time leader in the three point makes with her second of the day.
The Seahawks cut the lead to seven thanks to a three-point play from Veronick Fournier at 5:44 but back-to-back three's by Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) and Cosgrove pushed the SHU lead to 33-22. Wagner again chipped away and with consecutive three's by Marie-Laurence Archambault the Seahawks were within 33-29 with 1:36 left before the break.
Cosgrove answered by delivering her fourth three ball of the half with 43 seconds on the clock to send her team to the locker room up 36-29. She finished the first half with 14 of her 16 points, hitting five-of-six and four-of-four from behind the arc. The Pioneers shot 42.9% (12-28) and took advantage of seven Wagner turnovers for 10 points at the other end.
Apo and Evans did their damage in the second half, combining for 29 of SHU's 35 points. The Pioneers built their lead to 15 with just under eight minutes to go but had to hang on and ward off a late Seahawk rally for the win.
Wagner pulled within five, 42-37, early in the second half on consecutive lay-ups from Sha'Ron Harrison. Evans answered completing a three-point play at 15:44 for a 45-37 lead and then helped extend the lead to 51-41, scoring eight of the Pioneers first 17 points of the second half.
Sacred Heart used a 12-7 spurt for a 63-48 lead by the seven minute mark, capped by an Apo runner in the lane. The Seahawks would do much of their damage at the free throw line to cut the lead to 10, making seven-straight a the charity stripe before a Harrison miss to trail 65-55 with just under four to go.
Evans gave SHU a 12-point advantage, 69-57, with two minutes to play but Wagner pieced together a 7-0 spurt stared by a lay-in from Archambault. Jumper's by Andrea Reed and Archambault pulled the Seahawks within 69-63 but Evans helped ice it away with two free throws with eight seconds left.
Evans' 20 point afternoon came on seven-of-12 shooting and five-of-five at the free throw line. She added seven rebounds and a pair of steals to her totals. Apo finished eight-of-15 from the field while dishing seven assists and grabbing seven boards in the win. The Pioneers shot 43.9% (25-57) overall and passed out 18 assists as a team.
Wagner's Andrea Reed finished with 20 points in the loss as the Seahawks hit 35.9% (23-64) as a team. The Pioneers have now won 11-straight over the Seahawks in the all-time series.
Sacred Heart returns home for "Rivalry Week" in the NEC playing host to the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Thursday night.