Feb. 2, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT - Sophomore Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) scored a career-high 24 points, including six of seven from three-point range, and sophomore Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) recorded her second double-double of the season with ten points and 12 rebounds, to lead the Sacred Heart University women's basketball team to a 74-55 Northeast Conference win over visiting Monmouth University Wednesday night.
The Pioneers jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first three minutes thanks to full court pressure that led to four early Monmouth turnovers. The Pioneers extended the lead to 24-10 midway through the half thanks to senior Colleen White (Richboro, PA), who was perfect on her first five field goal attempts, and a three-pointer by freshman Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) with 9:44 to play.
Sacred Heart extended the lead to 27-10 before the Hawks went on an 8-1 run, capped by a layup from senior Bridgette Bynum, to cut the Pioneer lead to ten with 6:04 left in the period. The Pioneers went on an 8-0 run thanks to a pair of three pointers by Burke to double up the Hawks 36-18 with just 1:42 to go.
A 7-0 flurry by Monmouth at the end of the half, thanks to a pair of turnovers by the Pioneers and two buckets by senior Courtney Lumpkin had the Hawks within 11 at 36-25 at the break.
Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson, NY) banged a three off the opening possession for the Pioneers, and Burke converted a layup of a steal on the press to give the Pioneers a 41-25 lead in the first :30 of the second half. A three-point play by White with 15:45 left extended the Pioneer advantage to 50-29. Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) gave the Pioneers their biggest lead of the game at 56-31 with 13:40 left with a hook shot in the lane.
Monmouth, now 9-8 overall and 5-3 in the NEC, managed to get back within 15 at 66-51 with 6:16 on a layup by Brianne Edwards but would get no closer.
White set a new career-high in scoring, finishing with 17 points. A pair of late free throws by Pape helped her finish with 11 points, and extended her streak of scoring in double figures to 11 games. The Pioneers shot a career-high 51 percent (26-51), including a blistering eight of 14 from three-point range.
Monmouth was led by Lumpkin with 13 points, the only Hawk to reach double figures. Junior Niamh Dwyer, who came into the game averaging 17.9 points per game, was held to just four points on two of 12 shooting.