Late Rally Not Enough as Great Danes Hand SHU 60-55 Loss

Dec. 17, 2006

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ALBANY, N.Y. (December 17, 2006) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers shot just 29.2% (19-65) from the field while the University at Albany got a double double from Kristin Higy, 15 points, 13 rebounds, and withstood a late SHU rally to come away with a 60-55 win Sunday afternoon in Albany, N.Y. The Pioneers got 11 points and 11 rebounds from senior forward Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) who posted her second double double on the year. SHU falls to 4-5 with the loss while UAlbany is now 3-7.

A jumper and lay-up from sophomore Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) was all SHU could muster in the opening three minutes of action before their offense went stone cold. The Pioneers missed their next eight shots over a seven minute stretch, turning the ball over four times as the Great Danes used a 10-1 run to take a 14-5 lead midway through the half.

SHU cut the lead to four, 16-12, as Walker lay-up ended the shooting drought and a three and baseline jumper from senior Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) followed. Papeâ?TMs jumper would be the Pioneers last field goal of the half at the 9:07 mark and Albany would take full advantage.

UAlbany answered with a pair of threeâ?TMs from Amanda Ward and Britney McGee to take a double digit least at 7:12, 22-12. The Pioneers finished the half missing 13 shots, managing four free throws over the final seven minutes. The Great Danes closed the half with a pair of lay-ups from Kirsten Peterson to take a 30-16 lead at the break. SHU shot just 17.2% (5-29) from the field, a season low, while giving Albany a large edge on the glass, 29-13.

The Pioneers were able to cut the lead to 12 on a three by Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) and a Pape jumper but Albany had an answer and used a 16-9 run to take their biggest lead of the day at 51-32, with 11:46 to go in the game. The Great Dane lead didnâ?TMt dip below 15 until the 4:20 mark on another Pape jumper that cut the lead to 56-43.

SHU turned on the defensive pressure and began to mount a late rally that cut the lead to single digits for the first time all half at the 1:10 mark. The Pioneers used a 9-0 run fueled by a Walker three-point play to get within six, 58-52, with 31 seconds to play. Albany got a pair of free throws from Ward and came up with a steal in the closing seconds to seal the win.

Pape led all scorers with 16 points, playing all 40 minutes. Sowinski also finished in double digits with 11 points while pulling down six rebounds. SHU lost the battle on the boards for the game, 46-39 and turned the ball over 18 total times in the loss.

In addition to Higyâ?TMs 15, Albany got 13 points from Ward and 11 from McGee. The Great Danes turned it over 24 times but shot 42.1% (24-57).

The Pioneers return to the court on Wednesday night when they travel to Saint Peterâ?TMs for a 7:00 pm tip.

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