February 5, 2005

Women's Basketball Runs Away From LIU, 68-51

Feb. 5, 2005

Final Stats

BROOKLYN, NY - Sophomore Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and ten rebounds to lead the Sacred Heart University women's basketball team to a 68-51 Northeast Conference victory over Long Island University Saturday afternoon.

Mikaelar Whippy gave Long Island a quick 3-0 lead on its first possession, but Sacred Heart went on a 14-0 run, capped by a three by sophomore Kerri Burke with 15:00 left in the half. A Colleen Duggan layup with 12:00 left extended the Pioneer lead to 20-6.

A steal and basket by Kelli Sawyer got the Blackbirds back within seven at 20-13 with 8:45 to go in the half. A bucket by Colleen White got the Pioneer lead back into double figures at 24-13 with 7:10 left. Burke drilled another three with 6:42 to play put the Pioneers ahead 27-13. Amanda Pape gave SHU its biggest lead of the half at 30-13 with a three with 3:50 to go in the period. Nicolle Rubino made it one better with another trey with 2:50 to play, and White made it an even 20 at 35-15 with 2:20 to go.

Sacred Heart, 12-8 overall and 9-2 in the NEC, led 39-19 at the intermission due in large part to shooting 59 percent in the period (16-27) and five of eight from three-point range.

It was more of the sane for the Pioneers at the start of the second half. A Rubino three with 17:20 left in the game put SHU up 46-24. Three consecutive threes for LIU by Anna Dziadkowiec, Masa Susic and Dziadkowiec again allowed the Blackbirds to close to 53-36 with 12:30 left in the game.

Goska Radwan made one of two free throws with 10:21 to cut the SHU lead to 53-39, but Jasmine Walker answered at the other end for the Pioneers with a three-point play to put them back up 17. Walker made it 58-39 with a layup after a Blackbird offensive foul, and LIU would never threaten again.

Rubino finished with 15 points and eight assists for the Pioneers, while Burke finished with 13. White was the fourth Sacred Heart player in double figures with ten points.

Erin Pinchbeck and Dziadkowiec led the Blackbirds with eight points apiece. Radwan led both teams with a career-high 15 rebounds.