Feb. 25, 2010
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (February 25, 2010) - Sacred Heart sophomore Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) posted her 15th double double of the season scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds to help guide the Pioneers past Fairleigh Dickinson, 55-33, Thursday night to snap a four-game Northeast Conference losing streak. The Pioneers lock up the #3 seed in the Northeast Conference Tournament with the win as they improve to 19-9 on the year, one win away from their fourth 20-win season in the last five years.
The Pioneers (19-9, 12-5 NEC) put together a strong defensive effort, allowing just 33 points, a season-low mark. The Knights shot just 26.0% (13-50) in the loss and turned the ball over 24 times, leading to 25 Pioneer points. Taylor's 18 point night came on six-of-11 shooting and four-of-six from behind the arc, her best showing from downtown since a five-of-six night against Harvard back in November.
Leading 15-14 at the 9:34 mark, Sacred Heart began to pull away ending the half outscoring FDU 13-4. Back-to-back three's from juniors Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) and Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) opened a seven point lead, 21-14. A three from Taylor at 3:37 put SHU up eight and Apo closed the half with a runner in the lane to send her team into the locker room up 28-18.
Fairleigh Dickinson (9-19, 5-12 NEC) could only manage to cut the Pioneer lead to 11, 37-26, as Jenna Strich hit their only three of the night with 12:51 on the clock. SHU pulled away and doubled their lead to 22 over the next five minutes as a pair of Taylor three's and a fast-break lay-up from senior Lindsey Gibson (Mechanicville, NY) helped fuel a 14-3 run for a 51-29 lead. A pair of Apo free throws gave the Pioneers their biggest lead of the night at 24, 53-29, and SHU cruised home for the win.
In addition to Taylor's double dip, Apo finished with 11 points, five assists and four rebounds. The Pioneers shot 34.4% (21-61) but used 14 offensive rebound for 13 second chance points en route to the win.
Prior to Thursday night's game, Sacred Heart honored their lone graduating senior Lindsey Gibson with her parents Patty John. Gibson, playing in her final home game, has appeared in 112 career games with 32 starts over her four years in a Pioneer uniform. She has 260 points, 329 rebounds, 115 assists, 95 steals and 33 blocks over her career. This season, Gibson has started 25 of 26 games and has posted career numbers averaging 4.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. She currently ranks 15th in the Northeast Conference in steals with 39 on the season.
The Pioneers will close out the 2009-10 regular season on Saturday afternoon with a trip to Monmouth University. SHU moves on to the NEC Tournament next weekend, March 6th and 7th at Saint Francis (PA).