Dec. 20, 2006
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - (December 20, 2006) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers got 25 points and a career-high 15 rebounds from senior Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) and outscored the Saint Peter's Peahens 17-5 over the final 5:35 to come away with a 68-50 win Wednesday night. The Pioneers used a 9-0 run, fueled by six-straight points from Pape, with under five minutes to play to run away in what was a tight six-point game to that point.
After a slow start, the Pioneers used a 10-0 run to grab their first lead of the night, 10-4, five minutes into the game. Pape spearheaded the charge on defense, getting a pair of steals that she turned into fast break lay-ups on the other end. The Peahens responded as Johnell Burts buried a three and a couple of free throws to put her team back in front.
With the Pioneers leading 12-11 at the 12:15 mark, the Peahens answered again and built a seven point lead, 23-16, by using a 12-4 run over the next four minutes. SHU scrapped together a 10-0 run that Pape capped with a baseline jumper to put the Pioneers back in front, 26-23 with just over three minute to play. SPC's Burts answered again for the Peahens, burying her second three of the half on their next possession to knot the game at 26-26, where it remained heading into the half.
SHU (5-5) used their full court pressure defense to stay in the game, forcing 12 Saint Peter's turnovers that they turned into 10 points at the other end.
SPC (5-4) jumped out to a quick three-point lead out of the break but three's by senior Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) and Pape helped SHU grab the lead back for good, 34-32 at the 16 minute mark. SHU's lead grew to 40-32 after a personal foul and technical was called on Saint Peter's Elyse Siciliano and the Pioneers buried all four shots.
Leading by six, 51-44, the Pioneers began their run on a three from Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY) as the Peahens went without a bucket until the 2:28 mark, when by then, they trailed by 15 with the game out of reach.
In addition to Pape's 25, Walker finished with 10 points and just missed her second double double with nine rebounds.
SHU failed to get to the free throw line in the first half, but knocked down 18-of-20 from the charity stripe in the second half. SHU forced 22 SPC turnovers, scoring 32 at the other end.
The Pioneers are off until December 28th when they host Stony Brook at 2:00 pm in the Pitt Center.