November 28, 2006

Pioneers Come Up Short in Overtime, 61-57, at Columbia

Nov. 28, 2006

Final Stats

NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 28, 2006) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers held Columbia scoreless for the last 4:57 of regulation and used a 9-0 run to force overtime but came up short being outscored 8-4, falling to the Lions 61-57 in New York Tuesday night. The Pioneers got 20 points, six rebounds and four blocks from sophomore Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) but fall to 2-4 with the loss.

The two teams played a back and forth game for the first 11 minutes of action before the Lions began to put together a pair of offensive runs. Leading 15-14 at the 8:48 mark, Columbia went on a 15-4 run over the next four minutes, fueled by a Griffith lay-up and three and a pair of lay-ins by Danielle Brown off Pioneer turnovers to take a 30-17 lead.

SHU cut it to nine, 30-21, after a pair of buckets by senior Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) and Sowinski but stalled there as the Lions chased down a pair of offensive rebounds in the final minute and Griffith buried a three just at the buzzer to send her team into the locker room leading 37-22.

The Pioneers were plagued all half by poor shooting, hitting just 27.3% (6-22) while turning the ball over 12 times. The Lions shot just under 50.0% in the half (48.4%) with Griffith hitting four from behind the arc.

Sowinski carried the Pioneers in the opening minutes of the second half, scoring the first nine points, including a three point play. The Lions had an answer each time and maintained a nine-point lead for much of the second stanza.

It wasn't until the five minute mark when the SHU defense, led by Pape, willed the Pioneers back into the game. The Pioneers turned Columbia over six times on the run, including a shot clock violation. The final turnover was a steal by sophomore Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) who through the ball up court for a Pape fast break lay-up to knott the game at 53-53.

Neither team could make much of their last chances to win the game in regulation with Columbia turning the ball over once more but shots by Pape and Sowinski in the closing seconds missed their marks.

The Pioneers mustered just a Pape free throw in the opening minute of overtime as lay-ups by Caitlin Stachon and Griffith sealed SHU's fate. A long three by junior Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) pulled SHU to within 57-54, but Browne buried four free throws in the last 12 seconds to ice the win.

In addition to Sowinski's 20, senior Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) turned in a double double with 11 points and 13 rebounds while making five steals. Pape tallied 11 and just missed the double dip with nine rebounds.

As a team, SHU shot just 30.5% (18-59) for the game and 15.4% (2-13) from behind the arc. The Pioneers turned the ball over a season-high 20 times but out rebounded their first opponent of the year, 43-42.

Columbia (2-5) got 20 points from Griffith who hit four-of-seven for the game behind the three-point line. Browne finished with 12 and eight rebounds in the win. The Lions turned the ball over 26 times, 20 coming in the second half.

The Pioneers are back in action this Friday night when they return home to host Providence from the Big East Conference at 7:00 pm.