Dec. 28, 2007
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (December 28, 2007) - La Salle used an 11-1 run over the final 2:50 of regulation to force overtime and senior Carlene Hightower scored six of her game-high 28 points to lead the Explorers to a 75-70 win over visiting Sacred Heart Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers got a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds from junior Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) as their record evens at 6-6 with the loss.
After playing to a 7-7 tie over the first six minutes of the game, SHU jumped in front by six thanks to lay-ups by freshman Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) and Ryan who also added a pair of free throws. The Pioneers saw their lead cut to two at the 9:37 mark but answered and led again by six at 6:38, thanks to a freshman Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) three and again at 4:46 thanks to a pair of junior Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) free throws.
The Explorers (6-6) cut the SHU lead down to three, 25-22, on a Jamie Walsh runner just under two minutes. Ryan gave the Pioneers a boost in the closing seconds, burying three's with 30 second left and just before the halftime horn sounded to send the Pioneers into the locker room up 31-22. Ryan two three's to close the half pushed her point total to 10 over the first 20 minutes.
La Salle found themselves down four in the opening minute of the second half but the Pioneers responded and used a 10-4 run to grab their first double digit lead of the day, 45-35, with 13:16 on the clock.
SHU (6-6) led by 10 again at the 2:50 mark when La Salle began to make their move. The Explorers quickly cut it to four at 1:19 before Sowinski pushed the lead to five on a made free throw with 33 seconds left. After a turnover by La Salle on the inbounds, Sowinski was fouled by Melanie Gibbons but was then called for an intentional foul for an elbow on the same play. Sowinski missed both of her free throws while Gibbons hit her pair as La Salle set up with the ball down three with 32 ticks left.
Guard Jamie Walsh made it count for the Explorers and got the lucky roll on her three tying the game at 63-63. The game headed to extra time and La Salle took control with the game tied 69-69 with 1:55 left. Gibbons hit a jumper from the foul line followed by a Hightower lay-in and the Explorers held on for the win.
Ryan notched her third double double of the year, playing all 45 minutes. Sowinski poured in 20 as the Pioneer's only other player in double digits while blocking a season-high seven shots on the afternoon. Both Khalia Cain (Manchester, CT) and Apo finished with nine each. SHU shot 44.4% (24-54) in the game but was plagued by 22 turnovers.
The Pioneers are home on Sunday afternoon to close out the non-conference portion of the schedule hosting Columbia University at 2:00 pm