Dec. 1, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT (December 1, 2005) - Senior Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) became the 10th member of Sacred Heart Women's Basketball 1,000-Point Club Thursday night as the Pioneers posted a 74-51 win over visiting Yale University in their 2005-06 home opener. Rubino finished with 15 points leading SHU to their third win on the year (3-1) heading into a pair of Northeast Conference games next week.
Rubino entered tonight's game needing just four points to break the 1,000 point plateau and wasted little time in accomplishing the feat. The senior co-captain got the Pioneers on the board to start the game with a dribble drive to the hoop that put her one bucket away. Rubino then eclipsed the mark on the next trip down, drawing a foul and knocking home both free throws for the career mark.
Yale stayed in it during the early going, pulling in front 6-4 three minutes in. The Pioneers quickly tied it at 6-6 and then jumped out in front for good, running out to a seven point lead at 17-10 thanks to their full court pressure. The Bulldogs cut it to 17-14 just under 13 minutes but an 18-5 run over the next eight minutes put the game out of reach and SHU led 45-27 at the break.
The Pioneers shot 53.3% (16-30) in the first half, led by Rubino with 10 points on four-of-six with four assists. Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) keyed the SHU defense in the half with five steals. The Pioneers forced the Bulldogs into 14 turnovers which SHU turned into 21 points.
The second half saw the Pioneers lead balloon to 23 points just three minutes in as junior Pape converted a lay-up and four free throws on her way to a game-high 17 points. SHU's largest lead was 25 points, 62-37, with just over 10 minutes to go.
Rubino finished her night shooting six-of-eight from the floor for 15 points, five assists and two steals in 23 minutes of action. Pape's 17 was complimented by her five first half steals, four rebounds and three assists. Junior Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) just missed a double double with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Pioneers bench saw plenty of action with all but one player scoring a point. Sophomore Mikara Cimmino (Hampden, MA) had eight points off the bench along with three rebounds.
Yale, now 0-5 on the year, got 15 points from Kaitlyn Lillemoe who scored 15 points and 12 from Sara McCollum. The Bulldogs turned the ball a total of 25 times and shot just 37.5% from the field.
The Pioneers will start Northeast Conference play next week as St. Francis (NY) pays a visit to the Pitt Center on Wednesday, December 7th followed by a road trip to defending NEC champion St. Francis (PA) on Saturday, December 10th.