Feb. 13, 2006
FAIRFIELD, CT (February 13, 2006) - Junior Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) poured in a career-high 30 points Monday night to lead the Sacred Heart Pioneers to an 83-68 win over Mount St. Mary's and improving SHU to 10-0 at home this season. The win moves the Pioneers into a first-place tie in the Northeast Conference standings with Quinnipiac, both at 12-2 in the league while SHU improves to 19-4 overall.
The two teams sprinted through the first half as Mount charged out to a quick four-point lead two minutes in before SHU could get on the board. The Pioneer's found their offensive legs and went on to lead by six, 15-9, at the 14 minute mark thanks to a pair of Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) free throws. Mount St. Mary's tied the game twice more before Sacred Heart would take the lead for good at the 9:39 mark.
Pape converted a lay-up and the Pioneer built a seven point lead on a 14-7 run over the next six minutes. Mount cut it to three on a Tiffany Green three but SHU struck right back as Lisa Moray (Hopwell Junction, NY) buried the one of her four three's on the night and the Pioneers closed the half leading by six at the break, 43-37. Green scorched the Pioneers for 16 of her team-high 19 over the first 20 minutes, hitting seven-of-10. Pape answered with 16 of her own, hitting seven-of-12.
The Mountaineers opened the second half using a 7-2 run over the first five and half minutes as SHU managed to hit just one of four while turning the ball over six times during that stretch. A Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) drive ended the drought but Mount cut it to one again as Green answered at the other end to pull her team to within 47-46. From there it was all Pioneers as Walker converted a three point play followed by a baseline jumper on the next possession.
A pair of Dita Krumberga jumpers cut the lead back to four for the Mount, but Pape continued to fuel the run with six of SHU's next nine points to give the Pioneers their first double digit lead of the night, 61-50. A Krumberga three slipped the lead under 10 just briefly as SHU used a 14-6 run over a three minutes stretch to take a 17-point lead, 75-58, with 5:46 left. Pape put the finishing touches on her 30-point night with a pair of free throws at 2:36 and the Pioneers coasted home with an 83-68 win.
Pape became the first Sacred Heart player since Jen Rimkus to score 30 points in a game and the first to do it in SHU's brief Division I history. Rimkus scored 31 against Long Island on November 25th, 1997. Pape eclipsed her previous career-mark of 28, scored her freshman year against Yale (12/3/03). In addition to her 30, she added six rebounds, five assists, five steals and a block.
Joining Pape in double digits was Walker who picked-up her second-straight double double and her seventh this season with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Moray, who buried four-of-five from behind the three-point arc, scored 12 points, matching her season-high set at Mount St. Mary's earlier this year. Senior Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) scored 10 with four assists in the win. As a team, SHU shot over 50% (53.3%) for the second straight game against the Mount and runs their winning streak to 10-straight in the series.
The Mount, now 10-13 overall and 7-7 in the NEC, got 19 from Green and 13 apiece from Krumberga and Samira Rashid. The Mountaineers turned the ball over 23 times, leading to 21 SHU points at the other end.
The Pioneers return to the court on Saturday afternoon when they head upstate to face Central Connecticut at 2 pm.