Nov. 9, 2007
KINGSTON, R.I. (November 9, 2007) - Sacred Heart junior center Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds but the Pioneers were plagued by 23 turnovers as they fell 62-43 at the University of Rhode Island in the season opener for both clubs. The Pioneers shot just 29.8% (17-57) in the game and made just one-of-18 from behind the three-point arc in the loss.
SHU (0-1) got a three from freshman Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) on their first possession but it would be their last three-point make of the night, finishing 0-17 the rest of the way. From there, the two teams played even through the first eight minutes of action before URI began to open a lead. The Rams used a 6-0 spurt to take an eight point lead, 17-9, with 9:29 to go, a lead they never again relinquished. The Pioneers pulled as close as four, 21-17, at the six minute mark but Rhode Island dug in and held a 28-21 lead at the break.
The Rams (1-0) sprinted out of the second half locker room and quickly made it a double digit lead on a jumper by Safi Mojidi and a lay-in by Crystal Bellinger to go up 32-22. Their lead spiked to 17, 43-26, with just under 14 to go when SHU started to put together a run. The Pioneers used a 9-2 run to get the lead down to 10 with 8:16 to go but a swooping lay-up by Bellinger at the shot clock buzzer swung the momentum on the Ram's next possession. From there, Rhode Island outscored the Pioneers 17-8 the rest of the way to the win.
Mojidi led the Rams with 11 points while center Tanja Licina scored nine points with seven rebounds. URI shot 39.1% (25-64) in the game and held the edge in points in the paint, 26-18. The Rhode Island bench outscored the SHU bench, 27-6.
Sowinski recorded her first double double of the year and just the second of her career. In addition to her 13 points and 11 boards, she blocked a shot and had an assists playing all 40 minutes, tying her career high. Junior point guard Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) finished in double digits with 12 points to go with four boards, two assists and a steal.
Sacred Heart will be back in action on Wednesday, November 14th when they travel out to Stony Brook University to take on the Seawolves. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 pm.