Feb. 18, 2010
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (February 18, 2010) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers shot a season-low 22.1% (15-68) and had their lowest offensive output of the season in suffering a 71-43 loss to first place Robert Morris Thursday night in Northeast Conference action. The Pioneers, who have lost three-straight for the first time this season, turned it over 23 times as they fall to 18-8 overall and 11-4 in the NEC. Robert Morris clinched the Regular Season Championship and top-seed in the conference tournament with the win.
Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) led the Pioneers with 11 points and eight rebounds while Alisa Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) finished with 10 points and seven boards. Sacred Heart led just once on Thursday night, 2-0, on an Apo jumper on their opening possession.
Robert Morris (19-7, 14-1 NEC) took control from there and jumped out in front 13-4 by the 15 minute mark. SHU's Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) buried a three to cut it to 13-7, and in the process tied the school-record for three's in a season. The Colonials responded and ran their lead to 14, 24-10, before Cosgrove would answer with her second three of the night claiming the record for herself. She now has 70 three-point makes on the year, topping the mark of 69 she shared (2008-09 season) with Lisa Moray (2006-07 season).
Cosgrove's second triple came at the 6:32 mark and got the Pioneers started on a 9-2 spurt the rest of the half to trail by just six at the break. Apo capped it off with a three with 18 seconds left to send SHU to the locker room down 28-22.
The second half was all Robert Morris as the Colonials quickly took an eight-point lead and ran off a 12-2 run for a 38-24 lead with 17:28 on the clock. SHU was able to cut within 10, 38-28 after a pair of Taylor free throws and an Apo jumper but that was as close as the Pioneers would come the rest of the night. The Colonials ripped off a 22-7 run that took their lead to 60-35 with just under nine to play, putting the game away.
Sacred Heart (18-8, 11-4 NEC) made just eight-of-36 from the field in the second half, turning it over 13 of their 23 times in the second stanza. On the night, the Colonials held a 46-16 advantage in the paint.
Four Colonials found double digits led by senior Angela Pace who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. Mary Durojaye and Monica Jones each posted double doubles in the win. Durojaye finished with 13 points and 10 boards while Jones had 14 points and 10 caroms. Kristine Silaraja hit for 11 points on the night.
The Pioneers continue their road trip Saturday afternoon at Saint Francis (PA) against the Red Flash at 12 noon. The game is being televised live on Madison Square Garden Network.