Dec. 9, 2006
FAIRFIELD, CT (December 9, 2006) - Sacred Heart senior Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) scored a career-high 32 points as the Pioneers opened the Northeast Conference schedule with an 85-61 win over visiting Saint Francis (PA) Saturday afternoon in the William H. Pitt Center. Pape broke her own Division I record for points in a game (previous 30 vs. Mount St. Mary's 2/13/06) as SHU evens their record at 4-4 and moves to 1-0 in the NEC.
The Pioneers never trailed in Saturday's win and opened a double digit lead midway through the first half. Leading by seven, 23-16, with 10:47 on the clock, SHU used a 10-2 run to take a 15-point lead with eight minutes to go.
Pape finished with 20 points in the first half, hitting 10-of-10 at the line as the Pioneers led 46-33 at the break. Pape and the Pioneers forced 15 turnovers in the first half, using them to the tune of 16 points at the other end.
The Red Flash (3-6, 0-2 NEC) never threatened in the second half, getting the lead to 14, 50-36, before a quick 9-0 run pushed the lead over 20 where Sacred Heart kept it the rest of the way.
The senior preseason All-NEC guard finished the game hitting 14-of-15 at the line, a career high and nine-of-14 from the field. She was all over the court defensively as well coming up with eight steals in 34 minutes of action. As a team, SHU forced 31 Red Flash turnovers which they turned into 27 points. Sacred Heart also used their inside game, outscoring Saint Francis, 40-18 in the paint.
Senior Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) made her return to the court after missing the last three with injury. Burke played 17 minutes and scored a season high 12 points with four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sophomore center Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) finished with 13 points, eight assists and tied her career high with five blocks.
Saint Francis (PA) was led by Lindsay Stuckey who scored 14 with six boards and Whitney Robinson who hit five of five for 11 points before fouling out.
The Pioneers are back on the road next weekend as they head up to the University at Albany on Sunday, December 17th for a 2:00 pm start.