Feb. 2, 2008
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (February 2, 2008) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers burst out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back on their way to a lopsided 65-37 win at St. Francis-NY Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers held the Terriers to just 16.7% shooting in the first half building a 39-11 lead at the break en route to the win. SHU improved to 14-8 overall and 9-2 in Northeast Conference play with the win.
The Pioneers (14-8, 9-2 NEC) came out on fire to start the game running out to a 9-0 lead by the 13 minute mark and made it 26-6 with back-to-back three's by junior Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) and freshman Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) with eight and a half to go in the half. SHU kept their foot on the accelerator and ran their lead to 39-11 at the half thanks in most part to Apo.
The freshman guard and four-time NEC Rookie of the Week scored all of her 16 points in the first half. Apo finished the game six-of-nine from the field with a pair of three's while adding a career-high six assists to her stat totals. She also pitched in with three steals and five rebounds as well.
Junior Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) scored 10 points in the first half and finished her afternoon off early in the second half with three-straight possessions with jumpers in the paint to push the SHU lead to 47-15 and give her 16 points to match Apo. The Pioneer lead hit it's high-point at 38, 55-17, midway through the second half after a pair of three's from senior Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY).
The Terriers (7-15, 4-7 NEC) played the second half even with the Pioneers, both teams scoring 26 points, but were hurt all afternoon by turnovers. St. Francis finished with 27 miscues, one off their season-high, leading to 27 Pioneer points at the other end.
In addition to Apo and Sowinski's 16-point efforts, Ryan finished with 11 points, two assists and a steal in the win. The Pioneers shot 46.9% (23-49) in the win and held a 32-12 edge in the paint. St. Francis' 37 points were the fewest allowed by SHU all season.
Sacred Heart remains on the road Monday night as they head to Fairleigh Dickinson for a 7:00 pm start.