Solid Shooting Leads Pioneers Past Stony Brook, 77-65

Solid Shooting Leads Pioneers Past Stony Brook, 77-65

Dec. 28, 2006

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FAIRFIELD, CT (December 28, 2006) - Pioneer senior Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) led four players in double figures, scoring 26 points as Sacred Heart came away with a 77-65 win over visiting Stony Brook University Thursday afternoon. The Pioneers shot 55.2% in the second half and used a 20-5 run to pull away for good midway through the half to improve to 6-5 overall on the year.

A tight game in the early going turned into a eight-point Pioneer lead, 17-9, at the halfway point of the first half thanks to a pair of three's from senior Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) and junior Lisa Moray (Hopewell Junction, NY). The Seawolves responded with a 9-0 run over the next two minutes to jump in front 18-17 on a Dana Ferraro jumper. SHU bolted up court and Moray buried her second three of the half on the break to put SHU back in front.

Stony Brook cut it to one, 22-21, but Moray hit her third triple of the half with Pape and Burke chipping in three-balls as well to send the Pioneers into the break leading 35-38. SHU hit six-of-13 from behind the arc in the half but was sloppy with the basketball, turning it over 11 times that lead to 14 Seawolf points at the other end.

SBU senior center Jessica Smith, America East's leading scorer, put the Seawolves on her back in the opening minutes of the second half, scoring six-straight points on a 8-1 run that tied the game at 36-36 and forced the Pioneers to use a timeout at the 18:18 mark.

After trading baskets on the next two possessions, Pape gave the Pioneers the lead back for good, hitting a lay-up and then converting on a three-point play to put SHU up five, 43-38, with 16 minutes to play. With Smith forced to the bench with foul trouble the Pioneers took full advantage over the next five minutes to put the game away.

SHU used a 20-5 run with Pape scoring 10 of her game-high 26 points on the run, to lead by 17, 58-41, with just under 13 minutes to play. The Pioneer lead peaked at 17 and never fell below 12 the rest of the way on the road to a 77-65 win. SHU finished the game shooting a season-best 50.0% (28-56) from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from behind the arc. The Pioneers did turn the ball over 19 times but forced Stony Brook into 18 miscues of their own which SHU turned into 28 points at the other end.

Pape's 26 came on 10-of-18 shooting including five-of-five at the line. She added eight rebounds, four assists and two steals to her line but also turned it over seven times. Also in double figures was sophomore Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) who poured in 19, hitting eight-of-11 and blocking a pair of shots in the win.

Moray finished with 12 on four-of-seven from three-point range. She also passed out five assists, tying her career-high mark. Burke finished 10 points and passed out seven assists, a season-high mark. Senior Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) pulled down 10 rebounds.

Stony Brook (4-7) got 19 points from Smith and 16 from Mykeema Ford, the top-two scoring tandem in the America East Conference. The Seawolves shot just 27.7% (26-69) but outrebounded SHU 40-34 on the day.

The Pioneers will close out 2006 and the non-conference portion of their schedule this Sunday, December 31st when they face the #5 ranked UConn Huskies at the Hartford Civic Center at 12 noon. The game can be seen live on CPTV. xxxxxxxxx