Khalia Cain Nets 22 as Pioneers Outlast Yale, 72-66

Nov. 25, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (November 25, 2006) - Sacred Heart sophomore Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) scored a career-high 22 points knocking down 14-of-17 at the free throw line as the Pioneers hung on for a 72-66 win at Yale University Saturday afternoon. Senior Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) and sophomore Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) each added 16 as the Pioneers snap a two-game skid and improve to 2-3 on the year.

Yale (1-4) opened the game turning the ball over on their first three possessions and a Pape steal and fast break lay-up followed by a Cain pull up in the lane gave SHU an early 6-2 lead. The Pioneers built up an 11 point lead by the 11:51 mark as sophomore Liz Gruber (Staten Island, NY) just beat the shot clock buzzer on consecutive possessions to put the Pioneers up 15-4.

SHU's lead grew to 23-11 with eight minutes to play before Yale used some full court pressure to cut the lead to four. A 9-2 run capped by a Jamie Van Horne three cut the lead to 27-23 in just a 2:30 span. Sowinski stopped the bleeding with lay-in at 3:49 and a pair of Cain free throws put SHU up 31-23. Yale again turned in a quick spurt and ran off seven-straight to get within one, 31-30, with a minute and a half to go in the half. A pair of Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) free throws sent SHU into the half leading 33-30.

The Bulldogs tied the game on their first possession of the second half, as Van Horne converted a three-point play. Sowinski fueled a Pioneer 8-0 run with three lay-ups that gave the SHU the lead back, 41-33, into the first media timeout of the half. Out of the stoppage, Pape pushed it to a 13-0 run with a pair of steals and fast break lay-ups, the last a three-point play that gave Sacred Heart a 46-33 lead with 15:57 on the clock.

The Sacred Heart lead peaked at 14, 60-46, with 8:36 to go when Yale started clawing their way back on the strength of senior Erica Davis's 14 second half points. Davis got the lead under 10 and then got the Bulldogs to four, 65-61, with a lay-up with 3:23 on the clock. Cain bounced it back to five with a free throw but Yale got to within three twice in the final minute before Pape and Cain iced the game at the free throw line.

Cain, getting her first career start for injured senior point guard Kerri Burke, played a career-high 37 minutes in pouring in her game-high 22. She added two steals and an assist. Sowinski hit eight-of-10 from the field and picked up her first career double double with 12 rebounds to go with her 16 points.

Pape finished eight-of-nine at the charity stripe and pulled down eight rebounds. She tied her career-high eight assists while making four steals. SHU finished 27-of-34 at the line.

Davis finished with 18 on eight-of-11with nine boards. She set a new Yale school record with seven blocks. Chinenye Okafor turned in a double double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

The Pioneers are on the road Tuesday night to close out a three-game road swing through the Ivy League, visiting Columbia at 7:00 pm.