Dec. 13, 2004
FAIRFIELD, CT (December 13, 2004) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team lost their third-straight game Monday night, falling to Iona College, 64-54, in the William H. Pitt Center. The Pioneers shot just 30.2% (19-63) overall and 15.8% (3-19) from three as they fall to 3-4 overall and for the first time since the 1998-99 season, lose two-straight games at home.
Iona, who picks up their second win on the year and are now 2-6 overall, dominated inside all night. The Gaels outscored the Pioneers 36-18 in the paint led by center Regan Pettijohn who recorded a double double. Pettijohn scored 16 points on seven-of-11 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds which helped give the Gaels a lopsided advantage on the boards. Iona finished with 47 caroms to SHU's 33, marking the second-straight game the Pioneers have been outrebounded by more then 10 boards. Iona turned their work on the glass into 17second chance points in the win.
The Pioneers got out to a quick lead and led 7-2 just over three minutes into play. Despite hitting three of their first four shots, the SHU went stone cold at that point and the Gaels rattled off a 9-1 run to take an 11-8 lead at the 13 minute mark. The Pioneers responded with an Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) steal and lay-up to take the lead back at 16-15 with 9:37 to go but it would be the last lead SHU would enjoy on the night as Iona stormed back in front and closed the half with a 26-23 lead.
The second half proved more of the same for the Pioneers as the Gaels built their lead up to seven, 33-26 in the first four minutes. The closest SHU would get was four points at the halfway point, 41-37, on a Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) jumper. From there Iona put the game out of reach, coming up with a 19-9 run that was capped by a Meg Abele three with 2:23 to play to ice the win. Abele finished with a game-high 20 points, shooting seven-of-13 from the field.
Pape and junior Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) led the Pioneers with 16 point apiece, but both struggled mightily, shooting a combined 11-for-38. Pape also led SHU with seven rebounds, five offensive, and two steals. Rubino had six boards and four steals.
Senior Colleen White (Richboro, PA) and Burke were rounded out the Sacred Heart scorers, each notching 11 in the loss. Burke also made five steals, passed out five assists and grabbed four rebounds in the loss.
The last time the Pioneers shot 30.0% or below in a game was during the 2002-03 NEC Tournament when they hit just 17-of-59 (28.8%) in a 51-48 loss to Long Island.
Sacred Heart will hit the road this weekend looking to snap their three-game skid at the University of Richmond Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 pm.
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