Nov. 19, 2004
NEW HAVEN, CT (November 19, 2004) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team opened the 2004-05 season in winning fashion Friday night, beating Yale University 66-53 in New Haven. The Pioneers have beaten Yale six-straight times dating back to the 1999-00 season and open the year with a win on the road for the first time since 1996.
The Bulldogs were able to build an early 13-5 lead just over five minutes into play despite sloppy play by both teams. The Pioneers finally got their offense kicked started and rattled off a 17-0 run capped by an Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) jumper with 9:17 on the clock to go up 22-13, a lead they would never relinquish.
SHU used a strong first half to build a 32-16 lead at the half. Junior Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) scored 10 of her team-high 18 points in the first half to lead the way. The Pioneers turned the Bulldogs over 20 times in the first 20 minutes, converting that into 17 points.
The Pioneers kept the offense pressure on in the second half, building their lead to 29 points with just over eight minutes. The Bulldogs turned the ball over a total of 33 times in the game which turned into 35 SHU points. The Pioneers also outscored Yale 26-14 in the paint.
Rubino added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block to go with her 18 points. Also in double figures for SHU was sophomore Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) who poured in a career-high 14 off four-of-nine shooting from the floor. She also grabbed five boards with two assists and two steals. Pape finished with 11 with four steals, three rebounds and three assists.
Senior Colleen Duggan (Newington, CT) came off the bench to notch 13 on five-of-seven from the floor with three rebounds and a block. The Pioneers shot 40.0% (26-65) for the game but were out rebounded 41-35 by the Elis.
For Yale, 0-1, sophomore Erica Davis finished with 18 points of her won to go with a game-high eight rebounds. Senior Tory Mauseth hit three-of-five from downtown to finish with 15 points. Chinenye Okafor had 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
The Pioneers are back in action on Wednesday, November 24th when the travel to Lawrence, KS to take on the University of Kansas. It is the first time in program history SHU will face a team from the Big 12.
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