Pioneers Fall 69-59 at Columbia

Dec. 8, 2004

Final Stats

NEW YORK, NY (December 8, 2004) - Megan Griffith led five Columbia University players in double figures to lead the Lions to a 69-59 win over Sacred Heart on Wednesday night. The loss drops the Pioneers to 3-2 on the young season while the Lions improve to 5-3 with the win.

The Pioneers struggled offensively most of the night while turning the ball over 24 times en route to the loss. The Lions, however, made up for 24 of their own miscues by shooting 50.0% (25-50) from the floor, 83.3% (5-6) from three and 82.4% (14-17) from the line to come away with the win.

The two teams traded the lead five times through much of the first half before SHU was able to open a three-point lead, 16-13, with 6:43 to go. Columbia's Susan Kern stepped up and buried a three to even the score at 16-16 on their next possession and the Lions never looked back, closing the half with a 15-7 run to lead 28-23 at the break,

The Lion lead swelled to 17 in the blink of an eye as Columbia buried their first six shots and a pair of free throws in the first four minutes to start the second half. The Pioneers responded with a 12-2 run of their own over the next four minutes to slice the lead down to nine, 46-37.

The deficit was too much to overcome by that point however, as Columbia got the lead back to double digits and never let SHU within closer than seven points the rest of the way. The Lions, who got to the free throw line 17 times on Wednesday night, iced the game making nine of 10 from the charity stripe down the stretch.

Columbia's Kern missed just once on the night, hitting five of six including three treys for 13 points. Also in double figures was Adia Revell, who had a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Lisa Copeland finished with 11 points and Erin Jaschik had 10 for the Lions.

For the Pioneers, junior Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) tallied a game-high 16 points, hitting six of 11 from the field with three steals. Sophomores Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) and Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) also finished in double figures with 13 and 10 each.

Burke passed out a career-high 11 assists in the loss, hitting the double digit mark in helpers for the first time in her young career. She also set a new personal best with four steals and tied her career high for rebounds with five. Pape was SHU's top rebounder with nine caroms.

Sacred Heart is back in action on Saturday afternoon, December 11th, when they return home to host Hofstra University at 2 pm. The Pioneers will be going for their 20th-straight win at home.