Dec. 1, 2006
FAIRFIELD, CT (December 1, 2006) - Sacred Heart senior Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) just missed recording a triple-double Friday night, scoring 25 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and making nine steals to lead the Pioneers to a 76-69 win over Providence College. The Pioneers have won three-straight against the Big East dating back to last season and are now 3-4 on the season. The Friars fall to 7-2 with the loss.
SHU sophomore Katilin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI), who finished with a career-high 23 points, teamed with senior Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) to give the Pioneers a 1-2 punch in the paint in the opening minutes. Walker opened the game with a pair of lay-ups and Sowinski followed with a pair of her own as the Pioneers led 10-3 at the 16:43 mark.
From there it became the Pape and Sowinski show for much of the first half as the duo combined to score 23 of the Pioneers 32 points at the half. Despite their efforts, the Friars dug their heels in at the 7:42 mark, trailing 27-20 and began to claw their way back. A 14-5 run the rest of the way gave the Friars their first lead and sent them into the half up, 34-32. The combination of Shauna Snyder and Kendria Holmes in the Friar backcourt did most of the damage with nine and eight points each in the half.
The second half ended just as the first ended as the Friars ran out to their biggest lead, 45-36, capped by a Snyder three at 15:40. From there, Pape and Sowinski made it their mission to deliver the Pioneers a victory Friday night. The 6-4 sophomore center started a quick 7-0 jaunt with a lay-up underneath off a Pape feed and a three point play on the next possession following a PC miss.
Snyder stopped the run with a jumper at 13:41, but the Pioneers cut the lead to one on a Pape three-point play. The Friars looked as if they were going to reestablish control after a pair of steals and fast break lay-ups b Catherine Bove gave them back a five point lead, 51-46, with 12 minutes to go forcing a SHU timeout.
Pape gave the Pioneers an answer, burying a three, making a steal at the other end to draw a foul on a break away and sink both free throws to know the game at 51-51 in the span of 36 seconds. Sophomore Liz Gruber (Staten Island, NY) gave SHU lead back for good on a free throw at 10:39 and the Pioneers put the icing on a 12-0 run with a three from sophomore Katie Brown (Manahawkin, NJ) in the corner to lead 61-51 with 6:58 left.
The Friars were able to cut the lead to five, 67-62, with 4:29 left but eight-of-eight at the free throw line by the Pioneers in the closing minutes combined with three turnovers and three missed shots by Providence delivered SHU their third win of the young season.
Pape played all 40 minutes in the win, shot 10-of-20 from the field, had three assists and seven of her 14 rebounds came at the offensive end. Sowinski just missed her second career double double with nine rebounds. She added a pair of blocks to her Northeast Conference leading totals this season.
Walker and sophomore Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) both finished in double figures with 10 points each. The Pioneers shot 45.0% (27-60) on the night and scored 26 points off 22 Providence turnovers.
The Friars got 21 from Snyder who hit three-of-six from behind the lone. Chelsea Marandola scored 17 points in the loss.
Sacred Heart will return to action next Saturday, December 9th when they host Saint Francis (PA) in the NEC opener for both clubs.