Dec. 4, 2004
EMMITSBURG, MD (December 4, 2004) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team opened their Northeast Conference schedule Saturday afternoon with an 84-66 win over Mount St. Mary's on the road. Sophomore Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) hit for a career-high 23 points to lead the Pioneers to their third win on the year and their sixth-straight over the Mount.
The Pioneers struggled in the early going, hitting just six of their first 20 shots and falling behind 20-14 half way through the first half after a 9-0 Mount run. The SHU offense caught fire though hitting their last 12 of 15 shots in the half. The Pioneers used a 27-11 run from that point to lead 42-31 at the break thanks in most part to the sharp shooting of junior Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) and sophomore Burke.
Burke, who set a new career high last game with 15 points versus Rider, equaled that mark in the first half hitting six-of-11 including three from behind the arc. Rubino hit all three of her three-point attempts and finished with 11 in the half. As a team, the Pioneers shot 51.4% (18-35) in the half and forced 13 Mount turnovers.
The Pioneers kept the offensive pressure on in the second half, this time with sophomore Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) taking over the scoring duties. Pape tallied 14 of her 18 points in the second stanza while also grabbing seven rebounds.
SHU continued to force the Mount into mistakes, forcing 23 total turnovers, which they turned into 29 points. Pape led SHU in transition as the Pioneers rang up 24 fast break points in the win.
Rubino, who fouled out of a game for the first time in her career, finished with 17 on seven-of-11 shooting while passing out a career-best seven assists. Senior center Colleen Duggan (Newington, CT) grabbed a team high nine boards while freshman Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) played well off the bench for SHU with nine points and three rebounds.
For Mount St. Mary's, now 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the NEC, Samira Rashid finished with a career-high 21 points. Dominique Mazzuchi finished with 12 and LaToya Butler tallied 11.
The Pioneers return to action on Wednesday, December 8th when the travel to Columbia University for a 7:00 pm tip.