Feb. 7, 2005
HAMDEN, CT (February 7, 2004) - Sacred Heart junior Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) recorded her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds but it wasn't enough as the Pioneers fell at Quinnipiac University, 65-58, Monday night. The Bobcats got a game-high 22 points from sophomore Krystal Pressley to snap a four-game slide against the Pioneers.
Quinnipiac was able to dictate the pace early and grab an 11-4 lead just over five minutes in to play. SHU climbed back in and cut the lead to one, 11-10, on a pair of Colleen Duggan (Newington, CT) jumpers and then took the lead at 15-13 on a Colleen White (Richboro, PA) jumper with 9:41 to play.
The Bobcats pulled back in front by three on a Hannalee Pervan free throw and a lay-up by Monique Lee. Sacred Heart pulled even at 20-20 just under the seven minute mark on a Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) three but Quinnipiac would once again answer, building the lead back to five, 27-22, on a Pressley lay-up and held a 28-26 lead at the half.
SHU opened the second half with a Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) three that gave the Pioneers their last lead of the game at 29-28. After a Lee lay-up and a free-throw by Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) produce the fifth tie of the game at 30-30, the Bobcats would grab the lead for good as Pressley knocked down a three with 18:16 to play.
The Quinnipiac lead peaked at nine with 11:11 left in the game but a quick 7-0 SHU run put the Pioneers within striking distance down two, 48-46, with 8:48 on the clock. Two straight stops on the defensive end gave the Pioneers a chance to tie but a Rubino turnover and a missed jumper by White gave Quinnipiac the opening the needed.
Pressley struck again with a lay-up drawing a foul on the play. She promptly hit the free throw and bounced the lead back to five. The lead grew back to nine with just over 4:13 to play. Back-to-back lay-ups by Pape, her first field goals of the game, sliced the lead back to five less than a minute later. Three misses at the free-throw line erased any chance for SHU to get closer while the Bobcats hit seven-of-eight in the closing minutes to seal the win.
The Pioneers fall to 12-9 overall and 9-3 in the Northeast Conference with the loss and dropped out of a first-place tie with St. Francis (PA). Rubino led SHU with 15 points on seven-of-16 shooting. Her 10 rebounds and three blocks marked career-highs. White was the only other Pioneer with double figures finishing with 10 points and six rebounds. As a team, SHU shot just 39.1% (25-64) from the field, 17.6% (3-17) from behind the arc and 41.7% (5-12) at the line.
Joining Pressley in double figures was Lee who tallied 13 with a team-best eight rebounds in the win. The Bobcats buried a 21-of-28 at the line, led by Pressley who hit 12-of-13. Quinnipiac improves to 11-9 overall and 8-3 in the league.
Sacred Heart returns to the court on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Central Connecticut for a 2 pm start.