Dec. 28, 2008
VILLANOVA, Pa. (December 28, 2008) - Sacred Heart freshman Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) hit eight-of-11 to finish with a team-high 20 points but the Pioneers fell short, 69-52, at Villanova in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Pioneers drop their second-straight and fall to 4-7 on the season while the Wildcats improve to 7-5.
Taylor had 11 of her 20 in the first half; hitting her first five shots of the game as the Pioneers went on to shoot 52.6% (10-19) over the first 20 minutes. Villanova was just a touch better, shooting 53.8% (14-26) with Siobhan O'Connor and Heather Scanlon chipping in 10 points apiece off the bench to give the Wildcats a 38-24 lead at the break.
The Pioneers (4-7) stood toe-to-toe with the Wildcats in the early going, leading 6-2 and 11-7 in the opening minutes. Taylor and sophomore guard Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) kept SHU in it, hitting back to back lay-ups for a 13-12 lead with 12:30 to play. Taylor pulled the Pioneers even at 10:27 with a jumper to knot it at 17-17 but from there it was all Villanova the rest of the half.
The Wildcats closed the half outscoring SHU 21-7 to take a 14-point lead and never look back. SHU came as close as down eight, 41-33, with 15:56 left in the second half but the Wildcats answered with a quick 7-2 spurt that pushed the lead back to double digits as they cruised home to the win.
O'Connor led all scorers with 22 points off the bench, making seven-of-eight, including three-of-three behind the arc. Villanova leading scorer Laura Kurz finished with 12 points as her team made 24-of-48 from the field, 50.0%, in the win. The Wildcats held a 36-18 advantage in the paint and got 39 points off their bench.
In addition to Taylor's 20, Apo finished with 13 points and eight assists before fouling out. Senior Stephanie Ryan (Coram, NY) pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds in the loss. The Pioneers finished the game shooting 46.5% (20-43) but hit only five-of-17 from behind the arc (.294)
Sacred Heart returns to the court on Tuesday, December 30th when they play host to Binghamton at 7 pm.