February 9, 2009

Sacred Heart's Sowinski Powers Pioneers Past Quinnipiac, 72-56

Feb. 9, 2009

Box Score

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (February 9, 2009) - Sacred Heart got a double double performance from senior center Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) with 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Pioneers won their 12th-straight Monday night beating Northeast Conference rival Quinnipiac, 72-56. The Pioneers shot 50.0% from the field and from behind the arc in the second half on pace to the win as they move to 13-0 in NEC play.

The Pioneers (16-7, 13-0 NEC) opened up a 12-4 lead in the early going thanks to eight points from freshman Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) in the games first seven minutes. The Bobcats used some solid full court pressure in the first half and held the Pioneer's league leading offense at bay for much of the first 20 minutes. A Mandy Pennewell three at 10:49 cut the lead to SHU lead to three but sophomore Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) doubled it back to six on her first of four three's on the night.

Trailing 19-16 at 6:06, the Bobcat offense couldn't get over the hump and the Pioneers answered as Apo capped an11-7 rally with her second three for SHU's first double digit lead of the night with a minute left. Quinnipiac was plagued by 10 turnovers which the Pioneers turned into 12 points and poor shooting, hitting just 21.4% (6-28), to trail 35-25 at the break. QU's leading scrorer Erin Kerner was held scoreless in the first half, going 0-for-5 with five turnovers.

Sacred Heart quickly took control out of the locker room and as a Sowinski three-point play and a Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) triple pushed the lead to 42-27 at 17:46. The Pioneers extended that lead to 21 as Apo and Taylor buried back-to-back three's to cap off a 17-3 run to open the second half.

The Bobcats (13-9, 6-6 NEC) could only cut the lead to 16 on a Brianna Rooney three at 10:12 but Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) answered with a three of her own and SHU put the game out of reach with a 9-4 spurt to take their biggest lead of the night at 70-46, with 5:45 left.

Sowinski's double double night came on eight-of-14 shooting and five-of-nine at the line. She pulled down five offensive and defensive boards apiece to record her sixth double dip on the season. Her dominance inside led to SHU holding a 26-6 advantage in the paint.

Apo finished with 16 points on the night hitting four-of-seven from downtown with five assists. Taylor scored 14 points making six-of-eight with two steals and two assists. The Pioneers got out rebounded 44 to 32 in the win and had 29 points off 19 QU turnovers.

Kathleen Neyens had a double double for Quinnipiac with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

The Pioneers hit the road heading to Western Pennsylvania for a pair of games. SHU will take on Robert Morris on Thursday night live on Fox Sports-Pittsburgh and the Connecticut Sports Network. Tip off is 6:00 pm.

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