Feb. 6, 2007
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (February 6, 2007) - Sacred Heart senior Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half and fellow senior Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) handed out five assists to become the school's all-time assist leader as the Pioneers posted a 79-54 win at Wagner Tuesday night in Northeast Conference action. SHU's Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) led all-scorers with 23 points as the Pioneers improve to 15-8 overall and 10-2 in the league.
SHU (15-8, 10-2 NEC) opened the game with four baskets from Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI), Pape, Walker and Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) to force a Wagner timeout at 15:56, up 8-0. On their next possession, Jessie Collins got the Seahawks on the board with a three as Walker was forced to the bench at the 14:29 mark with her second foul.
Staten Island native, Liz Gruber, buried a three as the Pioneers took a 15-11 lead into the second media timeout. From there, Pape hit a three, a lay-up and a pair of free throws and SHU went up 22-13 to force another time out. The Pioneers kept their run going and capped it at 15-4 on a Pape steal and fast break lay-up to lead 30-15.
Junior Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) buried a three to give SHU five from behind the arc in the first half and the Pioneers closed the first 20 minutes of play with a 26-9 run to lead 36-20 at the break. SHU scored 19 of their 36 points off 14 Wagner turnovers. The Seahawks did pull down 12 offensive boards, leading to 10 second chance points.
The Seahawks (3-20, 1-11 NEC) came out of the break on fire and got a pair of buckets from Andrea Reed and Collins and made five-of-eight to cut the Pioneer lead to 10, 42-32, by the 16:03 mark. That was as close as the Seahawks would get as Sacred Heart ripped off a 13-8 run over the next six minutes to go up 17, 55-38.
Sacred Heart closed it out from there and built their biggest lead of the game, 70-44, on the strength of a 10-0 run that was capped by a Pape three-point play that ended her night with 23 points. The Pioneers sailed home from there for the 25-point win.
Burke, who came into the night needing four assists for the record, passed out five helpers to give the senior point guard 355 for her career and pushing her past Elaine Agosti (1988-92) into the top-spot.
Pape's 23 points were complimented by five assists, four rebounds and four steals. She went to the free throw line 10 times, hitting eight. Walker added seven rebounds to her 15 points. The Pioneers shot over 50.0% for the second-straight game, hitting 28-of-52 (53.8%) on the night.
SHU did a great job of limiting their turnovers, breaking their three-game trend of 20 or more miscues with just 11 in the win.
Wagner got 12 points from Chelsey Bunyer and 10 from Ali Ridge who also blocked five shots.
The Pioneers return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Robert Morris at 2:00 pm.