March 6, 2007
Sacred Heart vs. Monmouth - NEC Tournament Quarterfinals Post Game Notes
The Pioneers advanced to the NEC Championship game for the second straight season by defeating Monmouth for the third time this year. SHU extended their lead to 10-6 in the all-time series and have now won five-straight over the Hawks.
The Pioneers have won a season-best seventh straight as they get ready to take on #2 seeded Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon, live on Fox Sports-NY.
The Pioneers and Colonials each claimed a share of the regular season title, along with Long Island. The two teams split the season series, each winning on the others home court.
Tonight's game marked the third time this season the Pioneers erased a second-half deficit to the Hawks to comeback and steal a win. In the Jan. 13th meeting, Monmouth's lead peaked at six at the 9:11 mark. In the Feb. 23rd meeting, the Hawk lead stood at 16 with 17:11 on the clock. Tonight's game, the Hawks erased a 29-15 SHU halftime lead and took a nine point advantage with 5:21 to go.
The Pioneers are 9-6 all-time in the NEC Tournament, improving to 7-2 at home in the postseason. Saturday's game will mark the first postseason game played away from the Pitt Center since the 2004 tournament, a run of seven-straight games.
Senior Amanda Pape picked up her 27th career double double in the win, scoring 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. She added seven steals and three assists to her totals. It was her 10th double dip this season.
Pape finished with 20 or more points for the seventh-straight game and ninth in the last 11. She played all 40 minutes for the fourth-straight outing. Her 25 points matched a tournament high set in last season's championship game. Her 23 field goal attempts marked a new career high for the senior.
Senior Jasmine Walker pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds, one shy of her own NEC Tournament high set last season vs. Quinnipiac.
Sophomore Kaitlin Sowinski made her presence felt on the defense end for the second straight game, blocking seven shots. She has 15 blocks in two tournament games thus far.
Sacred Heart had their longest stretch of the season without making a field goal. The Pioneers shot 0-17 in the second half before Jasmine Walker ended the streak with a lay-up at 3:11. The Pioneers shot a season-low 9.1% in the second half, making just two field goals.
SHU tied its season high pulling down 47 rebounds in the win.