Pioneers Dominate St. Francis (PA), 89-52

Dec. 10, 2005

Final Stats

LORETTO, PA (December 10, 2005) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team shot 51.6% from the field and hit nine-of-15 from three point range to come away with an 89-52 win at St. Francis (PA) Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers are now 2-0 in the Northeast Conference and pick up their fourth-straight victory by snapping a five-game losing skid against the four-time defending conference champs.

The Pioneers trailed in the early going but grabbed a 12-11 lead at the 13 minute mark and never looked back. SHU outscored the Red Flash 31-15 the rest of the half, shooting 51.5% while hitting six-of-seven from three.

SHU's offense, which has struggled heading into the game, continued to pour it on in the second half, with junior Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) and senior Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) leading the charge. Pape finished with a game-high 18 points on seven-of-18 with five rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Rubino tallied 15 in the win hitting six-of-nine with three assists and three steals. Junior Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) had 10 points with eight rebounds and freshman Liz Gruber came off the bench for 13 points, hitting five-of-five and three-of-three from downtown.

The Pioneers passed out 25 assists in the win, having their best shooting day of the season. Coming in, SHU was shooting just 20.8% (15-72) from three but came up huge knocking down a season-high nine long range bombs.

As well as the offense play, the defense was even better. The Red Flash, now 0-8, was held to just 30.6% shooting while turning over the ball 19 times. SHU did a remarkable job shutting down leading scorer Amber Hein, who was held to just four points and two-of-13 shooting.

The Pioneers 37 point win marked their second largest NEC win all-time. Today's win also marked the first win in Loretto since the 2000-01 season.

SHU will be off until next Saturday, December 17th when they travel to Iona College.