November 17, 2008

Marquette Golden Eagles Soar past Sacred Heart, 77-55

Nov. 17, 2008

Final Stats

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. (November 17, 2008) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers were plagued by 32 turnovers as the Marquette Golden Eagles used 14 points from Jessica Pachko and 13 from Lauren Thomas-Johnson en route to a 77-55 win Monday night in the Al McGuire Center. The Golden Eagles took full advantage of the SHU miscues, scoring 30 points of turnovers as well as outscoring the Pioneers 35-5 on the break. Sacred Heart got 11 points from senior Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) who just missed a double double with nine rebounds.

The Pioneers did an excellent job of holding All-American and John R. Wooden Award candidate Krystal Ellis in check, keeping the senior guard scoreless until 11 minutes to go in the second half. SHU jumped out early and grabbed a 5-4 lead thanks to a game-opening three off the hand of sophomore Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ). Marquette rode the hot hand of forward Pachko for most of the first half as the Golden Eagles jumped out in front thanks to an 11-0 run to lead 15-5 five minutes in.

MU opened up their biggest lead of the half, 34-17, thanks to a 9-0 run started by a three from Thomas-Johnson with just over seven minutes left in the first half. The Pioneers got a run of their own going as Sowinski hit back-to-back lay-ups followed by Apo's second three to cut the lead to 10, 34-24, forcing a Marquette timeout at the 4:12 mark. MU closed out the half with a quick 5-2 spurt that took them into the locker room up 41-28 at the break.

The Pioneers refused to go away in the second half as a Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) three opened the scoring for SHU pulling the team within 44-32. Marquette began to pull away midway through the second half, piecing together a 10-1 run to take a 58-37 lead, their biggest of the night with 11:06 to go. MU's Ellis cracked the scoring column with a three-point play at 11:06 followed by a fast break lay-in.

SHU shot 32.1% (17-53) in the loss and were outscored 44-12 in the paint. The Pioneers got another strong performance from freshman Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) who scored 12 points with five rebounds, and assist and a steal. Apo tallied a team-high 13 in the loss.

MU's Ellis finished with just eight points as the Golden Eagles shot 44.1% (30-68) from the field but had 21 turnovers of their own.

The Pioneers return to action this Saturday as they take on the in-town rival Fairfield Stags. Tip-off is slated for 1:00 pm at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

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