Nov. 18, 2005
PROVIDENCE, RI (November 18, 2005) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team opened the 2005-06 season Friday night posting a 65-49 win over Providence College and in the process earning their first win at Division I over a team from the Big East Conference. The Pioneers were led by junior center Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) who posted a career-high 17 points to pace SHU to it's first win of the year.
Both teams felt there way through the first five minutes with the score tied at 7-7 at the 15-minute mark. The Pioneers used a quick offensive spark led by Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) to get out in front. Pape hit a jumper from the wing that got SHU out on an 8-0 run over the next three minutes. Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) hit a pair of free throws followed by another Pape jumper and a Walker lay-up to give Sacred Heart a 15-7 lead.
SHU increased its lead to eight, but the Friars battled back and knotted the game at 18-18 with just over eight minutes to play in the half. The Pioneers closed out the half on a 9-0 run with Providence missing their last 13 shots of the half. A lay-up by Walker started the run and finished it off as the halftime buzzer sounded.
Providence got out to a quick start in the second half, scoring on a Kristina Baugh shot from the top of the key and a lay-up from Kristen Brown underneath. SHU's Pape, held to five points in the first half, began to put her own stamp on the game. Pape was followed on the way to the hoop and hit both free throws.
A pair of Pape lay-ups later the Pioneer lead grew to double digits for the first time and SHU was on their way to victory. The junior finished with 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds and three steals. Senior Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) was also in double figures with 13. Walker, who led with 17, scored 11 in the second half and finished with five boards.
The Pioneers played strong defensively, forcing 21 turnovers and holding the Friars to just 31.0% (18-58) shooting from the field.
Making her first appearance in over a year, junior Mary Rush (Waterbury, CT) finished with six points while getting the starting nod. Burke finished with six points and tied her career high with seven rebounds.
The Pioneers return to action on Tuesday, November 22nd when they travel to Hofstra University for a 7:00 pm start.