St. Francis (PA) Halts Sacred Heart's Streak, 87-55
Feb. 7, 2004
FAIRFIELD, CT (February 7, 2004) - St. Francis (PA) junior Beth Swink and senior Tonjee Ward scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, to lead the Red Flash to a 87-55 win over Sacred Heart University Saturday afternoon in Loretto, PA. The loss snaps the Pioneers 10-game winning streak as they fall to 15-5 overall and 9-2 in the Northeast Conference.
St. Francis (PA), now 14-5 overall and 10-0 in the NEC, took control early as the Red Flash opened a quick seven point lead, 13-6, just four minutes into the game. Sacred Heart quickly struck back, rattling off a 7-0 run on an Ashley Kohl (Palmyra, PA) three, a pair of Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) free throws and an Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) layup to knott the game at 13-13 with 14:48 to play.
Unfortunately, that's as close as the Pioneers would get to the Red Flash all afternoon. Down just four, 22-18 with just under 10 minutes to play, SHU's offense hit a major funk, missing their next 11 shots until 3:17 left when a Colleen Duggan layup stopped the bleeding. The damage had already been done however; as the Red Flash outscored the Pioneers 13-0 over that stretch to all but put the game away.
After tying the game at 13-13 early on, the Pioneers were outscored 28-10 the rest of the way and trailed by 18 at the half, their biggest deficit in conference play this year. SHU shot just 27.3% from the field, hitting nine of 33 shots to SFPA's 51.4% (19-37). Despite a rebounding advantage of 22-21, Sacred Heart hurt itself with 11 turnovers over the first 20 minutes of play.
St. Francis's offense continued to click in the second half improving on their first half numbers with a 54.5% (18-33) shooting mark. Swink and Ward, who each had 13 in the first stanza, continued to dominate with Swink adding 11 rebounds to complete the double double. Starting guards Sarah Bolton and Karen Hewitt both also found double digits, scoring 14 points each. Hewitt also passed out eight assists in the win. The Red Flash starting five combined to score 71 points and shoot 31-53 from the field.
Sacred Heart, who finished the game shooting 35.6% (21-59), had two players in double figures in freshmen Pape and Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY). Pape had 12 points and four rebounds while Walker finished with 10 points and seven boards.
The Pioneers continues their road trip Monday night as the travel to Moon Township, PA to face the Robert Morris Colonials in a 7:30 pm start.