Nov. 30, 2004
FAIRFIELD, CT (November 30, 2004) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team ran their regular season home winning streak to 19-straight Tuesday night with a 71-57 win over Rider University in the William H. Pitt Center. The Pioneers got a game-high 18 points from sophomore Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) as they improve to 2-1 on the year while the Broncs remained winless at 0-3.
SHU set the tone early on Tuesday night, storming out of the gates to a 12-0 lead just under four minutes into the game. The Broncs turned the ball over five times before Leanne Moore scored their first points on a lay-up at the 15:58 mark. The Pioneer lead grew to 16 at 23-7 with just over 10 minutes to go in the half and it looked as if SHU would be headed to an easy win.
Rider, refusing to go quietly, began to chip away at what once was a growing Sacred Heart lead and cut to the within seven, 31-24, at the two minute mark. A pair of Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) free throws with 24 second left pushed the SHU lead to nine, 36-26, at the half but poor Pioneer shooting (14-38) left the door open.
The Broncs, despite turning the ball over 13 times in the half, stayed in the game shooting 40.0% (10-25) and came out of the break with an offensive run of their own. Rider's Kara Borel hit a jumper in the paint and a lay-up on consecutive possessions to slice the SHU lead to five, 35-30, just over a minute into play.
That would be as close as Rider would come as the Pioneers answered with a 16-8 run over the next six minutes to take a 13-point, 51-38, lead. Things only got worse for the Bronc offense as they went stone cold over the next five and a half minutes, missing their next seven shots before a pair of Becky Hower free throws finally ended the drought. It proved too little, too late as the damage had already been done thanks to a 12-0 Pioneer run over that span that increased the lead to 63-38 with just under eight minutes to play.
Offensively, the Pioneers shot much better in the second half, hitting 52.4% (11-21) and finished the game with four players in double figures. Pape, despite hitting just six-of-16, finished with a season high 18 to go with seven rebounds and six steals. Sophomore Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) turned in a career-high 15 points, hitting five-of-seven from behind the three point arc, also a career-best mark. Burke passed out four assists with two steals and three rebounds in the win.
Also in double figures for SHU were senior Colleen Duggan (Newington, CT) and sophomore Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY). Duggan hit four-of-seven for 12 points with five rebounds while eclipsing the 100 block mark for her career with three swats on the night. Walker came off the bench for 10 points with a team-high eight rebounds. Rubino struggled from the field shooting just one-of-eight but contributed in other ways with five rebounds and a game-high five assists.
For Rider, Hower finished with 15 points, hitting three-of-five from downtown with five rebounds. Borel tallied 11 with six rebounds while Moore finished with 14 points, eight boards and three blocks. As a team, Rider shot just 36.4% (20-55) and turned the ball over a total of 23 times.
Sacred Heart is back in action this Saturday, December 4th when they open up play in the Northeast Conference at Mount St. Mary's, starting at 5:00 pm.
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