Feb. 20, 2006
FAIRFIELD, CT (February 20, 2006) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers tied the school record for wins posting their 21st after an 84-44 victory over visiting Fairleigh Dickinson Monday night in Northeast Conference action. The Pioneers got a career-high 18 points from sophomore Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) en route to the win, pulling into a first-place tie with Quinnipiac and Robert Morris at 14-2 atop the league standings.
The closes the Knights would come Monday night was within 8-7 three minutes into play before the Pioneers ran away and hid for the win. SHU used a 12-0 run to go up 20-7 at the 12:00 minute mark then buried FDU by outscoring them 20-5 over the next seven and a half minutes. Junior Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) paced the attack hitting four-of-eight and four-of-four from the field over the first 20 minutes for 13 points. The Pioneers stifled the Knights defensively, as FDU hit just 23.5% (8-34) and turned the ball over 13 times, leading to 22 Sacred heart points. Moray, who finished with a career-high six three-pointers, hit three in each half.
The Pioneers didn't let up in the second half and ran the lead up to 37 points, 72-35, by the 10 minute mark as SHU emptied the bench with all 11 players seeing significant minutes. Freshman Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) played a career-high 29 minutes and scored eight points, grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds, blocked five shots and had three assists.
Pape finished with a line of 17 points, six rebounds, six steals, five assists and two blocks. Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) added eight points and led the team with 11 rebounds as SHU out rebounded Fairleigh Dickinson 57-43 and came up with 23 second chance points. The Pioneers forced 25 total turnovers by the final horn, equaling 32 points on the other end. SHU shot 40.8% (31-76) as a team and blocked a season-high 18 shots as a team. FDU hit just 23.1% (15-65) for the game.
The Knights are now 7-17 overall and 4-12 in the NEC and have now dropped six-straight to Sacred Heart. No FDU players found their way into double figures but Jennifer Walkling finished with eight points.
The Pioneers are now 21-4 overall, tying the 21 wins set during the 2003-04 season. SHU remained perfect at home, 11-0, with the win and are now set-up for a run at the regular season title with Quinnipiac paying a visit on Saturday. The Bobcats defeated SHU earlier this season (68-46) but a Pioneer sweep in their final two games will give Sacred Heart the top-seed in the tournament.
Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac will tip-off at 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon. Saturday will be "Senior Day" as the Pioneers will honor Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) before the game.