Sacred Heart Trio Lifts Pioneers Over the Mount, 68-56

Sacred Heart Trio Lifts Pioneers Over the Mount, 68-56

Feb. 19, 2007

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FAIRFIELD, CT (February 19, 2007) - The Sacred Heart trio of seniors Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT), Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) and sophomore Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) combined to score 54 points, grab 33 rebounds and block 12 shots to lead the Pioneers to a 68-56 win over visiting Mount St. Mary's Monday night in Northeast Conference action. Tied at 32-32 at the break, the Pioneers held the Mount to just 15.4% (6-39) shooting in the second half on the way to their 17th win of the year, improving to 12-3 in the NEC.

Pape finished a game-high 28 points and picked-up her third-straight double double with 10 rebounds. Walker matched Pape's double dip, also for the third-straight time with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Sowinski just missed a triple double in the win, scoring 11 points, grabbing nine boards and blocking a school record nine shots.

Sacred Heart (17-9, 12-3 NEC) got off it a quick start thanks to a pair of three's from Pape, building an 8-2 lead just three minutes in. After a pair of Pape free throws, a Sowinski lay-in gave SHU a 12-7 advantage at the 15:30 mark. From there, the Mount St. Mary's offense kicked it into high gear, using a 15-0 tear to grab a 10-point advantage, 22-12, with 11 minutes on the clock. The Mount used some hot shooting from behind the arc to jump in front, hitting five-of-seven from three in the first 10 minutes of action.

Finding themselves in an 11-point hole, 25-14, SHU put together a run of their own, 13-1, with Pape and Walker scoring all 13 points to grab the lead back, 27-26, with just over five to play in the half. A pair of Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) free throws gave SHU a four-point lead but the Mount hit four-of-four from the line in the last minute to send the teams to the locker room locked at 32-32.

After a Tiffany Green free throw out of the break gave the Mount back a one-point lead, Sacred Heart rang off an 11-3 jaunt that was capped by a Burke three to go up eight, 43-35, with 15:52 to go. SHU's lead hit double digits, 49-39, by the 10 minute mark and grew to 15, 58-43, on a Pape three-point play with just under six and half minute left. The Mountaineers used one last rally to cut the game to eight, as a 10-3 run cut the SHU advantage to 61-53.

A Pape lay-up pushed the lead back to 10 and a stingy SHU defense coupled with five-of-six at the line down the stretch delivered the Pioneers a 68-56 victory Monday night.

Sophomore point guard Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) scored five points and passed our four assists off the bench while Burke chipped in with six points and four helpers. The Pioneers shot just 36.7% (22-60) for the game but took excellent care of the basketball with just 10 turnovers. As a team, SHU came up with 13 blocks, a season-high mark.

The Mount (11-15, 9-7 NEC) was led by senior Dita Krumberga who finished with a double double of her own with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Krumberga shot seven-of-29 in the game but just one-of-12 in the second half. LaToya Butler scored nine points and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds. As a team, the Mount held a 55-47 advantage on the glass but shot just 23.3% (17-73) in the game.

The Pioneers close out the home portion of their regular season schedule Wednesday night hosting NEC rival Quinnipiac at 7 pm. Wednesday will be "Senior Night" with Pape, Burke, Walker and Mary Rush (Waterbury, CT) being honored before tip-off. xxxxxxxxx