Dec. 3, 2008
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (December 3, 2008) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak to start the 2008-09 season with a 81-42 win over visiting Stony Brook Wednesday night. The Pioneers never trailed and led by as many as 39 points as they end their season-opening skid and notch their first win heading into the start of Northeast Conference play this weekend.
The Pioneers (1-5) got a game-high 15 points from senior center Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) who hit all four of her shots in the second half and collected seven rebounds in the win. As a team, the Pioneers shot 46.7% (38-60), including 51.6% (16-31) in the second half. Sophomore Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) finished with 14 points and five assists while senior Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) rounded out the Pioneers in double figures with 11 points.
Stony Brook (0-6) kept the game within reach for much of the first half, trailing 20-14 at the 7:32 mark. From there, the Pioneers began to pull away, outscoring the Seawolves 18-8 to lead by 16 at the break, 38-22. Stony Brook was in foul trouble for most of the first half putting SHU in the double bonus by the 10:42 mark and finishing with 14 team fouls over the opening 20 minutes. Taking 17 trips to the free throw line in the first half, the Pioneers hit just 11.
The second half opened with the Pioneers rattling off a 13-4 run in the opening minutes to build their lead to 25, 51-26. SHU never let Stony Brook back in, building their lead to 39 points with 3:51 to play thanks to a 26-9 jaunt. The Seawolves shot just 20.7% (6-29) in the second half and were plagued all game by foul trouble and turnovers.
SHU went to the free throw line 32 times in the win, hitting 20, but converted 23 Seawolf turnovers into 24 points at the other end. SHU freshmen Kris Iovino (Murrysville, PA) and Alexis Campbell (Ashburn, VA) scored six and five points, respectively, while sophomore Maureen Reilly (Cherry Hill, NJ) added six points and sophomore Markie Schmidt (Elkhorn, WI) blocked three shots, all coming off the bench.
The Pioneers will open up the Northeast Conference portion of their schedule on Saturday afternoon when they play host to the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 pm