Sacred Heart Post NEC Rivalry Week Win Over Quinnipiac, 51-34
Feb. 4, 2010
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (February 4, 2010) - Sacred Heart freshman Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY) scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds while sophomore Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) recorded her 12th double double with 13 points and 13 boards as the Pioneers posted a 51-34 win over Quinnipiac Thursday night. The two teams will square-off in the rematch Saturday afternoon at Quinnipiac as part of the Northeast Conference's inaugural "Rivalry Week".
The 34 points allowed by the Pioneers (17-5, 10-1 NEC) was the fewest points by an opponent since the 2004-05 season when SHU beat Long Island at home in the William H. Pitt Center, 65-28 (Feb. 19, 2005). Joining Evans and Taylor in double figures was junior Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) who finished with 15 points, seven assists and three steals in the win. SHU shot just 38.2% (21-55) but held the Bobcats to 30.0% (12-40) while forcing 16 turnovers they turned into 20 points on the offensive end.
Quinnipiac (9-13, 4-7 NEC) came out and looked to slow the tempo, using almost all of the shot clock before a Jacinda Dunbar jumper and Kathleen Neyens three on their first two possessions. The Pioneers answered right back with a lay-in by Taylor and a three from Evans. From there, Sacred Heart took control and opened up a 20-9 lead by the 10 minutes mark. Apo, Taylor and Evans did all of the damage on the 15-4 run. SHU's offense went cold and let the Bobcats hang around, settling for just a Taylor jumper and a pair of free throws the rest of the half for a 24-14 lead at the break.
The Pioneers put the game away in the opening minutes of the second half, leaving no doubt with a 17-4 run over the first eight and a half minutes. A three from Apo opened the half and a fast-break lay-up from Evans at 11:37 gave the Pioneers a 41-18 lead. Back-to-back jumpers from the duo again at 9:15 and 8:28 kept the lead at 23 points, 47-24.
The Bobcats could only cut to within 17, 47-30, with just under five to play as Evans finished off the SHU scoring with fast break lay-up and a 51-32 lead. Quinnipiac made just six-of-21 from the field in the second half and hit just one-of-seven from behind the arc in the loss. Dunbar was the only Bobcat in double digits with 10 points and six rebounds.
SHU held the rebounding edge, 35-28, and finished with 16 second chance points. The Pioneers came up with 12 steals on the defensive end.
The two teams meet again at 12:00 noon Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center.