Dec. 6, 2008
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (December 6, 2008) - Sacred Heart sophomore Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) led four players in double figures with 16 points and four assists as the Pioneers posted an 81-45 win over visiting Fairleigh Dickinson in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams. The Pioneers outscored the Knights 43-22 in the second half and shot a season-best 53.4% (31-58) as they pick-up their second-straight victory.
SHU (2-5, 1-0 NEC) shot out to a 5-0 lead and built it to a 12-3 advantage by the 11:30 mark as Apo rattled off seven-straight points. The Pioneers got stuck on 12 however and the Knights pieced together a 10-0 run to take their only lead of the afternoon at the 7:28 mark. Christy Altamirano buried a three to cut the lead to 12-10 at 8:40 and Mariyah Laury connected from behind the arc at 7:28 to put FDU up one, 13-12.
The Pioneers ended the run as senior center Kailtin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) hit a put back and followed that with a lay-up off a feed from junior Lindsey Gibson (Mechanicville, NY). SHU senior Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) hit from three on SHU's next possession and the Pioneers were quickly back up six, 19-13, with 6:05 thanks to the 7-0 spurt.
The Knights (1-5, 0-1 NEC) were within six, 25-19, with just under four minutes to play in the half but the Pioneers used another run to push the lead to double digits for good. SHU went on a 13-4 rally over the final 3:49 as Apo connected on another three and a pair of free throws to send the Pioneers into the locker room up 38-23.
Sacred Heart's lead bit the 20-point mark by 16:43 as sophomore Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) hit a three followed by a Gibson lay-in for a 45-25 lead. The closest the Knights could get was down 16, thanks to five-straight makes at the free throw line to trail 46-30 at 14:49. From there it was all Sacred Heart 15-5 run to take a 27-point lead with just over 10 minutes to go as they coasted home for the victory.
Apo finished the afternoon hitting five-of-nine from the field, two-of-four behind the arc and four-of-four at the line. Ryan finished with 11 points and three steals followed by Sowinski who hit five-of-eight for 10 points to go with six rebounds, a block and an assist.
Senior Liz Gruber (Staten Island, NY) came off the bench to net a season-high 11 points, hitting three-of-four from behind the arc. For the second-consecutive game, all 14 Pioneers saw action in the win. The Pioneers scored 19-points on the fast break and out rebounded the Knights 47-28 in the win.
Fairleigh Dickinson got 17 points off the bench from Laury who hit five-of-10 from the field and six-of-seven at the line. The Knights shot just 23.6% (13-55) and 18.8% (3-16) from three in the loss. FDU committed 21 turnovers that SHU converted into 27 points on the other end.
The Pioneers will continued NEC play on Monday night as they play host to Mount St. Mary's at 7:00 pm.