Sacred Heart Runs Away from Central Connecticut, 77-49

Feb. 3, 2007

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FAIRFIELD, CT (February 3, 2007) - Sacred Heart seniors Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) and Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) scored 21 and 19 points, respectively, while the Pioneers shot 52.7% en route to a 77-49 win over Central Connecticut at home Saturday afternoon. Central held a 6-4 lead in the opening minutes but the Pioneers out scored the Blue Devils 31-4 over a stretch of 12 minutes to build a comfortable first half lead on the way to their 14th victory of the year.

A lay-up by Gabriella Guegbelet at 16:27 gave CCSU the early 6-4 advantage but an 11-0 run followed by the Pioneers where five different players scored capped by a Pape jumper at 13:54 gave SHU a 13-6 lead. A fast break lay-up by Heidi Warczinsky ended the run but also marked the last Central field goal for the next eight and a half minutes.

Outside of a pair of free throws, the Blue Devils missed their next 10 shots and the Pioneers took full advantage. SHU ran away with the game on the strength of a 20-0 run during the scoreless drought with Pape scoring half of the Pioneers points on the jaunt. By the time Abi Tairu's jumper at 4:10 dropped in the game was well out of reach for Central as the Pape continued to keep the offensive pressure turned up, scoring five more points to give her team a 40-14 lead at the break.

Pape finished with 17 of her game-high 21 in the first half as the Pioneers shot 51.4% (17-33) over the first 20 minutes. The Blue Devils struggled mightily, hitting just six-of-26 (.231) while turning it over 16 times. SHU took full advantage, turning those 16 miscues into 22 points.

Sacred Heart's lead peaked at 33, 67-34, in the second half and never dipped below 24 as Pioneers cruised to the 77-49 victory.

Pape finished nine-of-18 and came up with five steals, five rebounds and five assists. Walker was a perfect six-of-six from the field en route to her 15 points and just missed her 22nd career double double with nine rebounds. Sophomore Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) blocked five shots, all in the first half, while scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds.

Freshman Lindsey Gibson (Mechanicville, NY) played well off the bench for SHU, scoring six points and pulling down seven rebounds, both career-high marks.

Central (5-17, 3-8 NEC) had just one player score double digits in P.J. Wade who had 17 on seven-of-11 shooting. Guegbelet, who came in leading the NEC in scoring and rebounding (18.7ppg/11.0 rpg), was held way below her averages with eight points and six rebounds.

The Pioneers (14-8, 9-2 NEC) finished the game shooting 52.7% (29-55) but turned the ball over a season-high 25 times. SHU finished the game with 32 points off 26 Central turnovers and held a 42-24 advantage in the paint and scored 19 fast-break points in the win.

Sacred Heart returns to action on Tuesday night, February 6th traveling to Wagner for a 7:00 pm start.

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