November 14, 2007

Pioneers Come Up Short at Stony Brook, 52-47

Nov. 14, 2007

Final Stats

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (November 14, 2007) - Sacred Heart junior center Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) scored 15 points but the Pioneers shot just 27.1% (16-of-59) from the field, falling at the hands of the Stony Brook Seawolves, 52-47, Wednesday night. The Pioneer's offensive struggles continued hitting just three-of-15 from behind the arc and committing 15 turnovers as they fall to 0-2 on the young season.

The Pioneers were plagued in the first half by poor shooting, hitting just five-of-29 (.172) in the half. Their saving grace was 12 trips to the free throw line where they hit eight, led by Khalia Cain's (Manchester, CT) five-of-six. SHU jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead just over a minute in on a Sowinski lay-up and Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) three but their offense struggled to click the rest of the half.

Freshman Lindsey Greenlee's (Cedarburg, WI) jumper at 8:27 tied the game at 11-11 but the Pioneers would miss their next nine shots. As poor as the SHU offense was going, Stony Brook could only manage a degree better; hitting eight-of-18, but 14 turnovers prevented the Seawolves from opening a big lead. Apo ended the 0-for-9 drought with a lay-up with 23 second left in the half but an Aly Young drive and bank in at the horn sent SBU into the locker room up five, 24-19.

Sowinski cut the Seawolf lead to three, 26-23, with a pair of lay-ups out of the half after missing most of the first half in foul trouble. A Stony Brook 11-5 run over the next six minutes though gave the Seawolves their biggest lead of the night at nine, 37-28.

Down six, 46-40, at the last media time out the Pioneers put together their best spurt of the night to make get back within three in the closing seconds. A good take to the hoop by Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) and a steal and lay-up by Cain cut the lead to 48-44 with 3:08 to go. SBU's Misha Horsey hit a jumper in the lane at the end of the shot clock to put her team back up six but SHU's Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) buried her first three of the season on the next possession to get the Pioneers to within three, 50-47, with 24 ticks left.

Out of the ensuing timeout, Stony Brook's Dana Ferraro, who finished with 13 points, broke behind the SHU defense on the inbound and streaked in for an uncontested lay-up to ice the game, 52-47.

In addition to her 15 points, Sowinski finished with four rebounds and a block and a steal. Cain scored nine points and passed out five assists with three steals in the loss. Ryan tallied six points but pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

Ferraro added 12 rebounds to her 13 points for a double double while Aly Young led all scorers with 14 points and 11 boards for a matching double dip.

The Pioneers will return to the court this Sunday as they face cross-town Fairfield University. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 pm at the Arena at Harbor Yard. The SHU men versus the Stags will tip-off at 7:00 pm.