Dec. 8, 2008
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (December 8, 2008) - Sacred Heart senior Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) scored a game-high 18 points and freshman Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) posted a double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Pioneers improved to 2-0 in the Northeast Conference with a 65-52 win over visiting Mount St. Mary's. The win gave Pioneer head coach Ed Swanson his 300th career victory in 19 seasons with the program.
Sacred Heart (3-5, 2-0 NEC) came out of the gates with a pair of three's from senior Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) and sophomore Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) for a quick 8-2 lead. SHU, who never trailed Monday night, extended that lead to 19-11 at the 9:29 mark as Taylor buried her first of three from behind the arc.
The Pioneer's lead never dipped below double digits the rest of the first half and hit a high water mark of 16 on an Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) three with just under four minutes to go. The Mount cut the lead down to 11 at the break as senior Brianna Guathier hit a three with 50 ticks left and the two teams went to the locker room with SHU up, 31-21. The Pioneers took a season-high 19 three's in the first half, hitting just five, but took advantage of 14 Mountaineer miscues for 13 points at the other end.
The Mount (3-4, 0-2 NEC) clawed their way back into the game in the early stages of the second half, using a 10-2 run capped by a Gauthier three at 16:08 to trail by just four, 38-34. The Pioneers answered with jumpers by Cosgrove and Sowinski but the Mount cut it back to four with a Sandra Andresson jumper and lay-in by Mary Dunn at 14:07.
Taylor helped the Pioneers respond and hit a dribble-drive and a her third triple of the night to pus the lead back to double digits, 50-38, with just under 10 minutes to play. The Mount tried to piece together one last run but could get not closer then down seven, 50-43, before the Pioneers began to pull away, using a 13-5 run to go up 17 with a minute left.
Sowinski put together her best offensive outing of the season, hitting eight-of-nine from the field while pulling down five rebounds. Taylor's night ended with the freshman hitting five-of-nine from the floor, three-of-three from behind the arc to go with two assists and two steals off the bench.
Ryan finished with 11 points, four steals, four rebounds and three assists while Apo, SHU's leading scorer hit just four-of-13 but finished with 10 points and four helpers. The Pioneers shot 44.3% (27-61) from the field and outscored the Mount 28-16 in the paint.
Mount St. Mary's got 17 from Gauthier who hit six-of-11 and four-of-six from down town. The senior guard also chipped in with five rebounds and four assists. The Mount turned the ball over 27 times in the loss.
Sacred Heart is back in action on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Princeton for a 4:00 pm tip-off