Richmond Spiders Sprint Past Pioneers, 78-43
Dec. 18, 2004
RICHMOND, VA (December 18, 2004) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team lost it's fourth-straight game Sunday afternoon, falling at the hands of the Richmond Spiders, 78-43. For the first time since joining the ranks of Division I in 1999-00, the Pioneers have lost four in a row as the fall to 3-5 on the year.
SHU stayed in the game early on, cutting the Spider lead to 7-6 on a Colleen White (Richboro, PA) jumper at the 17 minute mark. But the Pioneers offense went ice cold, missing 14 straight shots over the next seven and a half minutes.
Sophomore Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) finally stopped the bleeding with a put back with 9:30 to play but the damage had already been done. The Spiders used a 15-0 run over that stretch to send them on the way to a 43-22 halftime lead and an eventual a 35-point win to keep the a perfect 7-0 on the season.
Richmond's Araceli Gil led a Spider offense that shot 53.0% (35-66) on the day, hitting six-of-seven including a perfect 4-of-4 from downtown on her way to 16 points. Richmond's Kate Flavin chipped in with 17 of her own to go with seven rebounds. Amber Petillon came off the bench to score 14 points with nine boards in the win. Saona Champman filled out the scoresheet with six points, seven rebounds and nine assists running the team from her point guard position.
Sacred Heart's Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) was the only Pioneer in double figures with 12 points. She also handed out five assists in the loss. Senior Colleen Duggan (Newington, CT) tied her career-high with nine rebounds. As a team, SHU shot just 26.2% (17-65) a season low mark, and hit just four-of-21 from behind the three point arc (19.0%)
The Pioneers are off until after the holiday when they host the Syracuse Orange on December 28th at 1 pm.