Nov. 28, 2009
FAIRFIELD, CT (November 28, 2009) - Junior Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) finished with 15 points and reached the 1,000 point mark for her career as the Sacred Heart Pioneers picked-up their third-straight win Saturday afternoon, beating Manhattan College 64-45. Apo led four players in double figures in the win with sophomore Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) recording her third double double on the year with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Apo becomes the 14th player in Pioneer history to reach 1,000 points for her career, reaching the milestone in her 68th career game in the Red & White. Her 15 point afternoon came on four-of-10 from the field, three-of-seven from three and four-of-five at the line. She just missed her second career double double dishing out nine assists to go with three steals and three rebounds.
The Pioneers (3-2) overcame four turnovers in the early minutes to get off to a 12-5 lead in five minutes in. Manhattan (2-3) pulled even at the 9:36 mark thanks to a quick 10-3 run, capped by a lay-up and two free throws by Lindsey Loutsenhizer. Back-to-back three's from Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) and Apo put the Pioneers back in front and jumpers by Lindsey Gibson (Mechanicville, NY) and Morgan Merriman (Seattle, WA) gave the Pioneers an eight point lead, 25-17, with 5:56 to go.
The Jaspers used their second quick scoring spurt of the first half to pull back within a hoop, as a three by Alyssa Herrington made it 25-23 with 3:56 to go. The Pioneers finished off the first half strong, closing the period with an 8-2 run. Cosgrove buried her third three of the half followed by a three-ball off the hand of freshman Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY). Cosgrove sent the Pioneers to the locker room up 33-25 with a long jumper to just beat the halftime horn.
SHU shot 48.1% (13-27) in the first half, 53.8% (7-13) from three led by Cosgrove whose three triples left her with 11 at the break. Apo came out in the second half and wasted little time in joining the 1,000 point club. The junior co-captain went to the line for the second half's first points and then buried a three from the right wing to eclipse the plateau and give the Pioneers' a 38-25 lead.
Manhattan made one last surge and was able to cut the lead to just seven with 11:31 to play. Michelle Pacheco capped the 10-4 rally with a three after the media timeout, pulling the Jaspers to within 42-35.
From there, it was all Pioneers as SHU closed the game's final 11 minutes outscoring Manhattan 22-10 on the way to their third-straight win. Apo got it started with a three-point play after Pacheco's three and fed both Taylor and Maureen Reilly (Cherry Hill, NJ) for easy lay-ups on the run. Taylor and Cosgrove buried their final three's of the afternoon and an Evans' three with two minutes left gave the Pioneers their biggest lead of the day, 64-43.
The Pioneers shot 45.1% (23-51) from the field in the win, 50.0% (11-22) from behind the arc. Both teams turned it over 21 times but the Pioneers took advantage with 24 points the other. Cosgrove again had the hot hand hitting five-of-seven from the field and four-of-five on her way to 14 point with four assists. Evans tallied 13 points, hitting three-of-four from behind the arc with four assists.
Manhattan held 24-14 advantage in the paint, 17 from Lindsey Loutsenhizer. The Jaspers shot just 30.2% (16-53) from the field.
Sacred Heart will carry their three-game winning streak into Tuesday night's match-up with the Hartford Hawks. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm in the William H. Pitt Center.