December 11, 2004

Pioneers Fall Short as Hofstra Wins in the Closing Seconds, 67-66

Dec. 11, 2004

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT (December 11, 2004) - Hofstra University's Cigi McCollin banked home the game-winning shot with just two seconds on the clock to send the visiting Pride home 67-66 winners over the Sacred Heart women's basketball team Saturday afternoon. The loss snapped the Pioneer's 19-game home winning streak, a mark that was the seventh longest in the nation heading into Saturday's game and pulls their record to 3-3 on the year. The Pride, who own two wins in the finals seconds of games this season, snap a three-game skid and even their record at 3-3.

The Pioneers dug themselves what seemed to be an insurmountable hole in the second half, finding themselves trailing by 10 at the 8:56 mark, 59-49. SHU found a way to fight and claw their way back into it, slicing the lead to just two, 62-60, at the four minute mark with a 11-3 run. After a missed Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) three, the Pride bounced the lead back to four on a lay-up by Lana Harshaw.

SHU refused to go quietly, as senior Colleen White (Richboro, PA) hit a jumper from the wing to cut it back to two and then tied the game a 64-64 at the 1:42 mark when she stole a pass just before half court, took a few dribbles and buried another jumper. On Hofstra's next possession, the Pride went to sophomore center Vanessa Gidden, a Stamford, Connecticut native, who drew a foul and made the first of her two free throws for a one point lead.

After a missed three on their next possession, the Pioneers again force the Pride into a turnover as Pape picked off a pass near midcourt and swooped in for what would have been the go ahead bucket before being fouled by Harshaw. Pape promptly buried her two free throws to give the SHU the one point edge, 66-65. Another Pride turnover on their next possession put the ball back in SHU's hands with the opportunity to ice the game. Junior Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) was fouled and sent to the line to shoot a one-and-one. Rubino's first attempt was short and caromed off the rim to the Gidden for her 16th rebound of the game.

The Pride used their final timeouts to set up their last shot. McCollin took the inbound and made her move to the basket as the clock was winding down. Her shot missed the mark but Harshaw was able to grab the rebound. Her shot also was off but McCollin, who had good position underneath, snatched up the board and quickly put it back with two ticks remaining. The Pioneer's inbound pass got away as the final seconds clicked off securing the win for the visiting Pride.

Hofstra's Gidden dominated the game early on, scoring her teams first 10 points in the opening minutes. The Pride opened up a 17-12 lead 10 minutes through the first half. SHU was able to take their first lead of the game with an 11-0 run to go up 23-17 with 6:32 to play. But from there, the Pioneer offense went cold, as the Pride closed the half with a 9-0 run.

Gidden led her team with 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, the eighth most in any game by a Pride player. She also blocked three shots and made two steals in the win. McCollin finished with 17 points and six rebounds along with four steals. As a team, the Pride turned the ball over 28 times but held a distinct rebounding advantage, 48-35, on the afternoon.

Pape led the Pioneers with a season-high 22 points on eight-of-17 shooting. The sophomore picked up her first double double of the year by grabbing 10 rebounds while also making five steals. Sophomore Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) finished with 16 points with six assists while White had a season-best 12 points with four steals in the losing effort.

The Pioneers will look to get back into the win column on Monday night when the play host to the Iona Gaels at 7 pm in the William H. Pitt Center.

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