Pioneers Sprint Past Bobcats, 73-53, on `Senior Night'

Pioneers Sprint Past Bobcats, 73-53, on `Senior Night'

Feb. 21, 2007

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FAIRFIELD, CT (February 21, 2007) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team led wire to wire Wednesday night, using 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists from senior Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) and a 20 point effort from sophomore Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) to blow past the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 73-53, on "Senior Night". Pape recorded her fourth-straight double double as she along with fellow seniors Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA), Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) and Mary Rush (Waterbury, CT) were honored before playing in their final regular season games in the William H. Pitt Center.

The Pioneers (18-9, 13-3 NEC) never gave Quinnipiac a chance Wednesday night, running out of the gates to an 8-0 lead on three-straight Pape jumper to open the game, and then ran the score to 13-3 by the 11 minute mark. Quinnipiac pulled within seven, 18-11, on a Mandy Pennewell three at 8:12, but that would be as close as the Bobcats would come the rest of the night. SHU rang off a 14-2 run over the next three and a half minutes to pull in front by 19, 32-13. Walker started the run with a pair of lay-ups and Pape chipped in with a three and finished it off with a three-point play.

After a pair of Charmaine Steele free throws ended the run, SHU junior Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) buried a three to give the Pioneers a 20-point advantage. The Bobcats tried to chip away and cut it to a 14-point deficit at the half, 39-25, thanks to six straight points from Courtney Kaminski in the final 1:51.

The Pioneers never let their foot of the gas offensively in the second half while continuing to put the defensive clamps on the Bobcats, never letting them closer than 14 points. The Pioneers final points of the night, a Pape three, gave SHU its biggest lead of the night, 73-48, with 5:40 to go as they coasted home to the victory.

Sowinski was perfect on the night, hitting nine-of-nine from the field and two-of-two at the line. She had three rebounds, two steals and a block as well in 29 minutes of action.

Looking to match Pape's double double for the fourth-straight game as well was fellow senior Walker who just missed with eight points and 14 rebounds. Burke finished with seven points, six assists and four steals in her final regular season home game.

Moray had eight points while tying a career-high with seven assists and seven rebounds. As a team, SHU shot 44.6% (29-65) and out rebounded the Bobcats 42-39 on the night. SHU held a big advantage in the paint, out scoring QU 34-14. The Pioneers had another good game protecting the basketball, turning it over 12 times.

Quinnipiac (16-9, 10-6 NEC) got 10 points apiece from Pennewell and Sarah McGowan. Junior Monique Lee finished with eight points and 11 rebounds. The Bobcats shot just 28.8% (17-59) from the field in the loss.

The Pioneers will return to the court this Friday night with a trip down to Monmouth. Game time is slated for 5:00 pm with the game being broadcast live on Fox Sports-NY.