March 3, 2007
Sacred Heart vs. Mount St. Mary's - NEC Tournament Quarterfinals Post Game Notes
The Pioneers advanced to the NEC Semifinals for the 4th straight season by defeating Mount St. Mary's for the 13th-straight time Saturday afternoon. SHU is 2-1 against the Mountaineers in the postseason also knocking them out in the 2005 tournament.
The Pioneers, who now own a season-best six-game winning streak, will host their seventh-straight NEC Tournament game on Tuesday night when the #5 seed Monmouth comes to Fairfield for a 7 pm tip. The Hawks edged the #4 seeded Quinnipiac Bobcats 63-58 earlier in the day. The Pioneers get the home game via #8 St. Francis-NY 61-51 upset over top-seeded Long Island.
The last SHU lost to Mount St. Mary's came during the 2001 season when the Mountaineers handed SHU a 50-45 loss in that season's tournament semifinal. The Pioneers are 14-3 all-time versus the Mount.
The Pioneers are 8-6 all-time in the NEC Tournament, advancing into the second round six of their eight years in the field. SHU improves to 6-2 at home in the postseason.
Senior Amanda Pape became the first player in Sacred Heart history and the third in NEC annals to record 2,000 career points. Pape needed 24 coming in and hit that number on the head with a pair of free throws with 3:42 left. Jess Zinobile from Saint Francis (PA) is the league's all-time leader with 2,338 points and Beth Swink, also of the Red Flash is second with 2,127.
Pape finished with 20 or more points for the sixth-straight game and eighth in the last 10. She played all 40 minutes for the third-straight outing.
Senior Jasmine Walker continued her dominant inside play with her third-straight and seventh double double in the last eight ball games with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Walker's 23 points is a season high and matches her career high set against Long Island last season. Walker posted her 11th double double of the season and 27th of her career.
For the second time this season, sophomore Kaitlin Sowinski flirted with a triple double scoring 12 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking eight shots. Sowinski's 12 rebounds matches her career high set at Yale earlier this year. This was just the second double double of her career.
Before Saturday's game, Sacred Heart seniors Amanda Pape and Jasmine Walker were presented with their plaques for garnering All-NEC honors by league commissioner Brenda Weare. The team was honored with a plaque as well for earning a share of the regular season title.