Feb. 17, 2004
FAIRFIELD, CT (February 17, 2004) - Freshman Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) recorded the first double double of her career with 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a 66-55 win over Robert Morris in Fairfield, CT, Tuesday night. The win clinched the Pioneers a spot in the Northeast Conference Tournament for the fifth-straight year while extending SHU's Pitt Center winning streak to 16-staight dating back to last season.
Both teams were slow to get out of the gates missing a combined six shots to open the game. SHU senior Ashley Kohl (Palmyra, PA) got the Pioneers into the scoring column first connecting on a three at 17:30 while Robert Morris's Amie Harris answered right back with a three of her own to get the Colonials on the board. The two teams traded buckets on their next possessions to keep the score tied at 5-5 before a 9-0 SHU run gave the Pioneers a lead they would never relinquish.
Sacred Heart's advantage grew to 18 points, 36-18, with just under four minutes to play in the half as the Pioneers appeared to be pulling away. RMU's Sarah McDonald hit jumper in the lane that got the Colonials off on a run of their own, 8-0, over the final three minutes, leaving them down 10 at the half. Kohl finished three-of-four from behind the three-point arc in the first half and in the process became the school's all-time leading three-point shooter. The senior guard now has 149 career treys, passing Ashley Durmer (148) on the all-time list.
Robert Morris refused to go away in the second stanza, whittling SHU's lead down to six points at the 7:47 mark. That was as close as the Colonials would get as the Pioneers responded with a Kate Maher (Waterford, Ireland) lay-up and Walker jumper to get the lead back to 10 with just over six minutes to go. RMU could get no closer than seven in the waning minutes before a Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) and Kohl three put the game out of reach at 64-51 with a minute to go.
Joining Walker in double digits was Kohl, who finished with 12 points and freshman Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) who notched 13 with eight boards and three steals. Maher handed out a career-high 10 assists in the win becoming the first player in a Sacred Heart uniform to pass out at least 10 helpers since Julie Hogan had 14 against Bridgeport in 1986. Maher also scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds on the night. The Pioneers held a distinct advantage on the glass, pulling down 45 rebounds to Robert Morris's 32.
For Robert Morris, now 2-22 overall and 1-14 in the league, Johanna Stephens finished with 11 points and six rebounds. Harris also had 11 while Sarah Bradley posted 10 points and four rebounds in the loss. The Colonials went to the line 21 times Tuesday night, hitting 15 to Sacred Heart's seven-of-10 effort.
The Pioneers, 16-6 and 10-3 in the NEC, return to action this Saturday, February 21st at Central Connecticut in a 2 pm start. The game will be televised live on the Metro Channel as part of a double header with the Sacred Heart men's team.