SHU Pioneers Drop Fifth-Straight, 68-62 at Manhattan

Nov. 30, 2008

Box Score

RIVERDALE, N.Y. (November 30, 2008) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team fell to 0-5 to start the 2008-09 season, falling at Manhattan College Sunday afternoon, 68-62. The Pioneers got 19 points from sophomore Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) but shot just 28.0% (7-25) in the second half en route to their fifth-straight loss to open the season. The Jaspers erased a seven-point SHU lead at the half thanks to some sharp shooting from behind the arc, hitting five-of-10 in the second half.

Manhattan (2-5) took the early advantage and led 13-9 seven minutes in. The Pioneers rattled off an 11-0 run over the next five minutes as they took their first lead of the afternoon and built it to a seven point advantage. SHU senior Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) hit a pair of lay-ups and freshman Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) capped the drive with a three for a 20-13 advantage.

The SHU (0-5) lead hovered around seven for much of the first half before a three by Apo with 52 seconds left gave the Pioneers a 40-30 advantage. Apo finished the first half scoring 17 of her game-high 19 points. The Lady Jaspers cut the SHU lead to seven thanks to an Abby Wentworth three with 30 seconds to go before the break.

Manhattan stormed out of the locker room and buried a trio three's off the hands of Wentworth and Annie McIntyre to jump back in front 42-40. The SHU offense went without a field goal over nearly a five minute stretch as the Jaspers pulled in front 49-44 at the 12:04 mark. Sowinski ended the drought at 11:08 and SHU whittled the lead down to one with 6:23 to go.

SHU would twice more pull within a point, 59-58 with 2:52 to go but a three by Herrington pushed the lead back to five, 63-58. Back-to-back jumpers by Taylor and Apo pulled the Pioneers back to within one, 63-62, with 33 second left but Manhattan hit five-of-six at the free throw line and a pair of Apo three's missed their mark in the closing seconds to help seal the win.

Taylor added 15 points, four rebounds and four assists to Apo's 19 point effort. SHU's Sowinski finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in the loss. The Pioneers shot just 26.7% (4-15) from behind the arc and saw their 19 turnovers lead to 22 Manhattan points.

Herrington scored 17 points to lead Manhattan, hitting five-of-10 from behind the arc. The Jasper bench outscored SHU 26-2 thanks to 16 from senior Kelly Regan.

The Pioneers are back at home on Wednesday night, December 3rd as they play host to Stony Brook at 7:00 pm.

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