Feb. 19, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT (February 19, 2005) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team tied a Division I record for fewest points allowed Saturday afternoon beating Long Island University, 65-28, in Northeast Conference action. The Pioneers improve to 15-10 overall and 12-4 in the league and stay in the hunt for one of the top-seeds in the conference tournament.
Sacred Heart trailed just once on the afternoon after a Polona Oberc jumper and lay-up by Sara Oblak put the Blackbirds in front, 4-3, two and a half minutes into play. Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) grabbed an offensive board and put it back up and in to start the Pioneers off on a 16-0 jaunt over the next six and a half minutes. Oblak got LIU back on the board with a put back of her own but another nine-straight gave SHU a 27-6 lead with 6:46 to play in the half.
LIU's Ravin Chase slowed the Pioneer run with a lay-up to cut the lead under twenty, 27-8, but the Blackbirds would get no closer on the day. Pape scored her 12th point to put the SHU up 29-8 with 5:40 to play and the Pioneers closed out the half with a 35-12 lead. The Pioneers shot 50.0% (16-32) over the first 20 minutes forcing 16 Long Island turnovers.
The second half proved more of the same for the Blackbirds when Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) and Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) buried three's to open the half as SHU put the game away with a 12-0 over the first five and a half minutes for a 48-12 lead. LIU missed their first five shots of the half and turned the ball over seven times in that span. The Pioneer lead never fell below 30 the rest of the way as they took full advantage of 28 total Blackbird turnovers. SHU scored 32 points off turnovers to LIU's two. The Sacred Heart bench also put up big numbers on Saturday, outscoring LIU 24-8.
The 37-point win is the largest margin of victory for Sacred Heart this season and the largest since a 38-point victory over Central Connecticut last January. By holding Long Island to just 28 points, the Pioneers tied the Division I record for fewest points allowed set on January 29, 2000 vs. St. Francis-NY (68-28). The all-time record for fewest points allowed is 21, set twice, first against Annhurst January 13, 1977 (98-21) and again on December 10, 1987 against Southampton (61-21).
Pape led the Pioneer charge with 15 points on seven-of-13 shooting with three steals. Rubino picked up her second double double of the season hitting three-of-four from downtown for 13 points to go with 10 rebounds. The junior guard also had four assists. Senior Colleen Duggan (Newington, CT) came off the bench for 10 points on four-of-five shooting and seven rebounds.
Long Island, now 9-15 overall and 5-10 in the NEC, was lead by Oblak with eight points and six rebounds while Oberc finished with eight points and four rebounds in the loss. The Blackbirds shot just 25.0% (13-52) on the day while turning the ball over 28 times against just two assists.
The Pioneers host Robert Morris next Saturday, February 26th on "Senior Day" with tip time slated for 2 pm.