Dec. 14, 2008
PRINCETON, N.J. (December 14, 2008) - Sacred Heart senior center Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) scored 22 points and pulled down a career-best 17 rebounds as the Pioneers won their fourth-straight, 64-56, on the road at Princeton Sunday afternoon. Sophomore guard Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) chipped in a career numbers as well, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds in the win.
Sowinski, who picked up her second double double of the season, hit seven-of-14 from the field and eight-of-11 from the free throw line on her way to a season-high 22 point night. Seven of Sowinski's career-high rebounds came on the offensive end as she also came up with six blocks on the defensive end.
Cosgrove, who grabbed all seven of her rebounds in the first half, hit four-of-seven from behind the arc and also dished our four assists. Fellow sophomore Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) tallied 18 points in the win, shooting six-of-nine while corralling six rebounds. Senior Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) scored just a bucket but passed out a career-high eight assists and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Pioneers (4-5) shot 38.5% (20-52) from the field and went to the free throw line 27 times in the win, hitting 19. SHU got to the charity stripe 23 times in the second half, making 17.
After a 6-0 start to the game, the Pioneers quickly saw that lead evaporate as an Addie Micir three was followed by back-to-back lay-ins by Devona Allgood and Whitney Downs to give the Tigers their only lead of the game, 7-6, with 13:45 left. Tied at 15-15 just under the 10 minute mark, the Pioneers rattled off an 11-3 spurt to lead by eight and then closed the half with a three by Cosgrove and a jumper by senior Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) to lead 31-22 at the break.
SHU's lead held at nine, 41-32, at the 13:11 mark when a 9-2 Tiger run fueled by back-to-back makes by Lauren Edwards sliced the lead to three, with nine minutes to go. The Pioneers answered with a three from Apo followed by a pair of Cain free throws and a Sowinski lay-up as their lead hit a high-mark of 10, 51-41, with 7:54 to play.
Sacred Heart's lead hit 10-points once again at the 4:39 mark when Princeton made one last run. Julia Berger started the run with a jumper and Micir ended it with a three to pull the Tigers within three, 59-56, with two minutes left. The Pioneers did the job on the glass in the closing minutes, pulling down three defensive caroms, not allowing the Tigers any second chance attempts. SHU closed it out at the free throw line, making five-of-six at the charity stripe.
Princeton (4-5) got 16 points from Micir and 13 from Downs in the loss. The Tigers shot just 28.6% (20-70) from the field.
The Pioneers are back in action on Saturday, December 20th when they play host to Rhode Island at 12 noon.