Nov. 21, 2009
FAIRFIELD, CT (November 21, 2009) - Sacred Heart freshman Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY) led four players in double figures with 24 points as the Pioneers buried 15-of-24 from behind the arc on their way to a 92-77 win over visiting Harvard Saturday afternoon. Evans hit 10-of-19 from the field and filled out her stat sheet with seven assists, five rebounds and three steals as the Pioneers nabbed their first win of 2009-10. Junior Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) buried six-of-seven from three for a career-high 21 point afternoon.
Sophomore Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) and junior Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) each recorded double doubles in the win. Taylor finished with 18 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in recording her second-straight double-dip. Apo overcame a four-of-14 shooting day by going seven-of-nine at the free throw line on her way to a season-high 16 points. The junior co-captain added a career-best 12 assists to her ledger, the most by a Pioneer in a game since Kerri Burke dished 11 against Columbia during the 2004-05 season. As a team, SHU had 24 helpers on 31 makes on the way to their highest point total (92) since a 92-82 win over Quinnipiac on January 26, 2008.
The game's first three and a half minutes belonged to the Crimson (2-1) who jumped out to a quick 15-5 lead. Three's by Christine Matera and Victoria Lippert forced a Pioneer timeout at 18:14. The Crimson pushed their lead to 15-5 into the first media timeout thanks to a Brogan Berry three and a Lippert lay-in underneath.
From there, the Pioneers ignited from behind the arc and quickly erased a 10-point deficit. A 15-3 run over the next five minutes was fueled by five-for-five shooting from long range as Cosgrove and Taylor buried a pair each and one by Maureen Reilly (Cherry Hill, NJ) put SHU up, 20-18. Harvard answered with another Matera three and the two teams would trade the lead back-and-forth seven time over the final 10 minutes of the first half.
The Pioneers (1-2) shot a blistering 57.1% (16-28) in the first half, knocking down nine-of-13 from three to sit tied at 43-43. The Crimson did their damage on the glass, pulling down 21 rebounds, 12 offensive, to Sacred Heart's 11, leading to 20 second chance points.
Cosgrove got the Pioneers off on a 14-2 run to start the second half and Sacred Heart never looked back. The junior point guard buried her fourth three of the day just 11 seconds in, got fouled and hit the free throw to complete the four-point play. Cosgrove hit again from deep on the run while Taylor chipped in with another three of her own. A Evans runner in the paint at 17:27 lifted the Pioneers to a 57-45 advantage. SHU extended the lead to 62-49 with 14:52 left as the freshman guard went back-to-back with a pair of lay-ups.
Harvard chipped away and cut the Pioneer lead down to just six with 11:54 on the clock but Sacred Heart put the game out of reach, pushing the lead to 17-points over the next five minutes with a definitive 20-9 run. Evans and Apo capped the run with SHU's 14th and 15th three's on the day for an 82-65 advantage and the Pioneers cruised home for their first win on the young season.
SHU finished the game shooting 47.0% (31-66) from the field, 62.5% (15-24) from three and 83.3% (15-18) from the line in the win. The Pioneers scored 23 points off 14 Harvard miscues and used a strong effort in the second half to hold a 36-35 edge on the boards.
Off the bench, Reilly finished with seven points while sophomore Kris Iovino (Murrysville, PA) scored four points with three rebounds.
For Harvard, Berry finished with a team-high 20 points on six-of-13 shooting with four assists. Matera netted 12 while Emma Markley scored 10 points with six rebounds in the loss.
The Pioneers return to the court on Tuesday night, November 24th when they travel to Stony Brook University. Tip-off against the Seawolves is scheduled for 7:00 pm.