Dec. 1, 2007
FAIRFIELD, CT (December 1, 2007) - Sacred Heart junior center Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) scored a team-high 16 points with six rebound, three blocks and two steals to help guide the Pioneers to a 49-44 win over visiting Brigham Young University Saturday afternoon. SHU junior Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) gave the Pioneers a 45-44 lead with 14 seconds left and freshman Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) put the game away with four-of-four at the line in the closing seconds.
"Great team performance, it wasn't pretty but I thought our team showed some of the intangibles that past teams have here," stated head coach Ed Swanson. "Solid defense. Making plays. Persevering through some tough times. A good overall, team win. Not a pretty win but I would rather take an ugly win over a loss."
"This was a signature win over a very good Mountain West team, a team that won their conference last year and was picked third this year. A great win for our program but were still a work in progress.
The Pioneers (3-3) took a one point lead at the half and built it to as many as six in the second half. SHU trailed 25-23 four minutes in but used a 10-2 run fueled by a trio of Sowinski lay-ups and a Liz Gruber (Staten Island, NY) three to lead 33-27 at the 11 minute mark. The Cougars sliced that in half on a three from Mallary Carling but SHU's Cain answered with a three ball of her own.
Back-to-back jumpers from Cain and freshman Maureen Reilly (Cherry Hill, NJ) left the Pioneers leading 40-34 with 5:23 left. BYU's offense found some legs and a quick 8-2 spurt produced the game's fifth tie, 42-42, at the two minute mark. Both Jazmine Foreman and Carling buried three's and Keilani Moeaki ended the run with a steal and lay-up.
SHU went to their go-to-player in Sowinski and the junior delivered out of a timeout with a bucket underneath for a 44-42 lead. Carling, who finished with a game-high 22, scored her team's final basket on a sweeping lay-in to knot the game once again, 44-44, with just 37 ticks left. SHU called time out to set up a shot but before the Pioneers could get one off, Cain was fouled on the floor. The junior went to the line shooting one-and-one, hitting the first to give SHU the lead, 45-44. Her second missed the mark but the Pioneers got possession on a loose ball out of bounds.
BYU (3-4), forced to foul with just 10 seconds left, put the freshman Cosgrove on the line and the rookie promptly knocked down both for a three-point advantage. The freshman point guard then came up with maybe the defensive play of the night, drawing a charge on BYU's Foreman with five seconds left. The Cougars again sent her to the line and with ice water in her veins, Cosgrove buried the final two freebies and send her team home with a 49-44 victory in their first-ever meeting with the Cougars and with a team from the Mountain West Conference.
Sowinski's 16 came on seven-of-13 shooting at the Pioneers finished the game hitting 40.5% (17-42) from the field. SHU held a distinct advantage at the charity stripe, making 12-of-18 while BYU hit all four of their free throws. Cosgrove's six points all came at the line while she added five assists to her totals.
Cain scored eight points in the win adding three assists, three rebounds and two steals to her totals. Reilly, making her first career start, finished with seven points and a game-high eight boards.
The Pioneers, winners of three-straight, close out their four-game home stand facing Dartmouth College on Tuesday night.