Dec. 13, 2009
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (December 13, 2009) - Junior co-captains Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) and Alisa Apo scored 24 and 20 points, respectively, to guide the Sacred Heart Pioneers to a 71-52 win over the rival Fairfield Stags Sunday afternoon at the Arena at Harbor Yard. The Pioneers trailed just once on Sunday, 2-0 off the opening tip, using some blazing hot first-half shooting to build a double digit lead en route to tying their largest margin of victory on the year.
Sacred Heart (6-3) shot 51.7% (15-29) in the first half and hit six-of-10 from three behind the hot hand of Cosgrove. The junior point guard buried five-of-six from behind the arc and was fouled on another attempt, hitting all three free throws on the way to an 18-point half as the Pioneers led 43-26 at the break. Cosgrove added six free throws in the second half to finish with a career-high 24 points.
The Pioneers opened quickly at 7-2 forcing a Fairfield timeout from head coach Joe Frager at 17:24. Sacred Heart began to pull away midway through the first half as Cosgrove gave the Pioneers a 20-12 lead at 10:54 with three free throws after being fouled on her third attempt from behind the arc of the half.
SHU took an eight point lead at the seven minute mark and turned it into a 17-point advantage at the half thanks to a 16-7 run. The Pioneers went up 35-20 at 4:45 as Cosgrove buried back-to-back three's, her fourth and fifth of the half. Apo buried her only three of the day to beat the buzzer sending Sacred Heart to the locker room p 43-26.
If the first half belonged to Cosgrove then the second half was Apo's as the junior guard notched 11 of her 20 points in the second stanza. The Pioneer lead dipped below double digits just once as the Stags used an 8-0 spurt to pull within 47-38. SHU went back to work on offense and outscored Fairfield 14-6 over a six minute stretch to push the lead to 18, 61-43, with 9:24 to go. Apo gave the Pioneers a 65-46 advantage with her final jumper of the afternoon just below seven minutes and SHU never let the Stags to within closer than 14-points the rest of the way for the win.
Apo's 20 point afternoon came on six-of-14 shooting and seven-of-nine at the charity stripe. She added six assists and four rebounds to her totals. Sophomore Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) posted her second-straight and fifth double double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Pioneers held a 38-32 advantage on the glass. SHU used a swarming full court press for much of the game, producing 11 steals and 19 Stag turnovers.
Fairfield's (5-2) Stephanie Geehan nearly had a triple double, scoring 10 points with 10 rebounds and a school record nine blocked shots. The Stags shot 34.6% (18-52) and hit just five-of-20 (.250) from behind the arc.
The Pioneers will be off for a week for finals before traveling to Binghamton on Monday, December 21st.