December 22, 2007

Solid Shooting Sparks Pioneers to 79-65 Win over Princeton

Dec. 22, 2007

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FAIRFIELD, CT (December 22, 2007) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers had four starters in double figures while shooting a season-high 52.6% (30-57) on the way to a 70-65 win over visiting Princeton on Saturday afternoon. Junior Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) led the offensive charge with 23 points while freshman Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) continued her hot shooting with 19, her fourth-straight outing in double digits.

The Pioneers (6-5) bolted out to a 19-9 lead in the game's opening minutes, much in thanks to three's from freshman Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA), Apo and junior Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY). Junior Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) had the hot hand early on, hitting her first five shots of the game while finishing the first half with 14 of her 16 points on the afternoon.

SHU's lead hit 13, 32-19, at the 4:32 mark thanks to another Apo three and Cain made it pushed it to 15, 38-23, at the half with a jumper with seven ticks left.

Apo came out of the half to stick another three and teamed with Sowinski to finish lay-ups on back-to-back possessions to give the Pioneers a 21-point advantage, 45-24, just three minutes in. The Tigers dug in and slowly whittled the lead down to single digits. Down 13 with 8:40 on the clock, Princeton's Krystal Hill and Meagan Cowher hit consecutive jumpers in the paint and the Tigers found themselves down 58-49 just a minute later.

Sacred Heart answered and quickly shot the lead back to 13 but Cowher kept her team in it, twice pulling the Tigers back to within 10 before on last Pioneer run ended it. Up 65-55 at the six minute mark, Sowinski powered an 11-0 run, scoring the first five points on the jaunt while Cain ended it with her only bucket of the second half for a 76-55 lead with 3:13 to go putting the game out of reach.

Cain's 16 point afternoon, a season-high, came on eight-of-14 shooting. Sowinski made nine-of-13 from the field and five-of-eight at the line while pulling down six rebounds and blocking two shots. Apo finished six-of-11 and came up two rebounds shy of her first double double with eight caroms, a career-high. She also added five assists and a steal to her totals.

Ryan just missed her fourth double double of the season, scoring 13 with nine rebounds in the win. SHU out rebounded the Tigers 36-28. The Pioneers turned the ball over a season-low 13 times.

Princeton (3-10) got a team-high 20 points from Cowher, who hit 10-of-15 from the field. Caitlin O'Neill finished with 12 and three steals while Hill came off the bench for 11 points in the loss.

The Pioneers will be off until Friday, December 28th when they travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on the La Salle Explorers. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 pm

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