Feb. 10, 2007
FAIRFIELD, CT (February 10, 2007) - Sacred Heart senior Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) became the 12th player in Pioneer history to eclipse 1,000 points for her career but SHU came up on the short end of a 64-61 loss to visiting Robert Morris Saturday afternoon at the Pitt Center. In a battle for sole possession of second place in the Northeast Conference standings, the Colonials used a 9-0 run late in the second half to grab the lead for good en route to the win. Today's game was played in front of women's basketball school record 1,523 fans.
Robert Morris (16-6, 10-2) got out to a quick start and took an early five point lead, 9-4. The Colonials kept that five point lead, 16-11, as Princess Alston buried a three at 10:21. The Pioneers got their offensive game kick started and got a quick 8-0 spurt fueled by a Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) three and a three-point play by Walker to take a 19-16 lead at the 7:45 mark.
The Colonials pulled even on their next two possessions and never let the Pioneers pull away with SHU grabbing just a three point lead twice more before the halftime horn. Sophomore Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) hit a jumper at 3:03 for a 29-26 lead and Walker buried a pair of free throws at 1:53 to put the Pioneers up 31-28. The Pioneers had two chances to build on that lead but a missed lay-up and turnover allowed RMU to cut it to one, 31-30, on a Sugeiry Monsac jumper with 39 seconds left.
The opening minutes of the second half started with a three from Jenna Burkett and a jumper in the lane by Monsac to give the Colonials back the lead, 35-31 in the opening minute. After a pair of Walker lay-ins, senior Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) buried a three that gave SHU back a three-point lead, 41-38, with 15:30 to go. Alston gave RMU an answer with a lay-up on their next possession and Robert Morris took the lead back at 12:57 after back to back lay-ups by Chinata Nesbit and Alston, 45-42.
Down four, 47-43, with 10 minutes to play the Pioneers got a put backs from Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) and Walker to knot the game at 47-47. From there, SHU's offense hit a rut, turning the ball over twice and missing a pair of shots that led to Robert Morris' defining 9-0 rally. Alston and Burkett buried three's and the Colonials found themselves leading 56-47 with six minutes to play.
The Pioneers (15-9, 10-3 NEC) scrapped their way back, cutting it to three with 1:30 left. Pape hit a fade-away jumper in the lane off a pass from Moray. Robert Morris answered with a dump underneath by Kendra Williams off a feed from Nesbit. A missed three and RMU turnover later, the Pioneers got a put back from Walker, her 21st point of the game and the 1,000th of her career at 26 second to cut it to 62-59. After a 30 second SHU timeout, Pape stole the inbounds and got fouled on her way to the hoop, knocking down both free throws to pull within one, 62-61.
Robert Morris hit a long pass off the inbounds and got a lay-up by Alston to push the lead back to three, 64-61. The Pioneer took a time out with 12 seconds left to set up the last shot. The play was called for Moray but the Colonials had it defended well and Burke was forced to fire up a desperation three that missed its mark and Robert Morris escaped with the win.
Walker finished with a season-high 21 points and 14 rebounds to record her sixth double double of the season and the 22nd of her career. Pape finished with a double double as well with 16 points and 11 rebounds, her fifth of the year and 22nd overall. SHU held the rebounding edge, 40-36.
Robert Morris was led by Nesbit and Alston who had 16 points apiece. Williams finished with 10 points in the win while Monsac had nine points and 10 rebounds.
The Pioneers are on the road Monday night at Fairleigh Dickinson. Tip-off is set for 7 pm.