Feb. 4, 2006
HAMDEN, CT (February 4, 2006) - Sacred Heart's Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) scored a game-high 22 points but the Pioneers shot just 30.9% as a team and turned the ball over 24 times en route to a 68-46 loss at Quinnipiac Saturday afternoon. The loss, SHU's second-straight, drops them to 16-4 and 9-2 in the Northeast Conference while the Bobcats vault ahead in the league standings at 15-5 overall and 10-1 in conference.
SHU opened the game ice cold shooting the ball, as three Pape free throws were all the Pioneers could muster over the first seven minutes. Pape came up with a runner down the lane to snap a 0-9 streak to open the game while in the meantime; Quinnipiac's Monique Lee scored her team's first seven points to put the Bobcats up early, 7-3.
Pape was able to pull the Pioneers back into it with a fast-break lay-up followed by a three point play at 9:44 that gave SHU it's only lead of the day, 14-13. But the Sacred Heart offense went cold again and Quinnipiac took full advantage.
With Lee, QU's leading scorer, forced to the bench with two fouls at 13:12, the Bobcats responded with a 15-0 run over a seven minute stretch to build a 28-14 lead. Freshman Erin Kerner buried a pair of three's followed by a trey from Mandy Pennewell on three-straight possessions to get the run started. A 0-10 stretch was finally broke by Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) who hit back-to-back three's to pull SHU within 28-20 at the two-minute mark where the score stayed into the break. The Pioneers shot a dismal 21.9% (7-32) from the field and 16.7% (2-12) from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes.
The closest the Pioneers would come in the second half was three, 30-24, at the 18:23 mark before another lethal Bobcat run put the game away. A quick 5-0 spurt gave QU a 37-24 lead but lay-ups by Mary Rush (Waterbury, CT) and Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) pulled the Pioneers to within 37-28.
Lee converted a three-point play on Quinnipiac's next possession and the Bobcat's proceeded to shoot 11-of-13 and seven-of-eight from the line over the next eight and a half minutes to build a insurmountable 66-37 lead with 5:31 to play. The Pioneers on the other hand couldn't buy a shot, hitting just two-of-eight over that same stretch while turning the ball over eight times.
Other than Pape's 22, no other Pioneer totaled more than eight points on the afternoon. SHU's 30.9% (17-55) shooting was their lowest percentage in NEC play this season and their 46 points was their lowest offensive output in the league since a 61-36 loss at St. Francis (PA) in 2003.
Lee led the Bobcats into a share of first place with a 21 point effort on nine-of-10 shooting. She added five rebounds and a pair of steals. Kerner tallied 20 hitting four-of-five from downtown. As a team, Quinnipiac shot 46.6% (27-58) including 53.6% (15-28) in the second half.
The Pioneers will look to get back in the win column on Monday evening when they host Long Island at 7 pm.