Dec. 28, 2009
FAIRFIELD, CT (December 28, 2009) - Junior guard Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) scored a game-high 26 points with eight assists, five rebounds and four steals to lead the Sacred Heart Pioneers past in state rival Yale University, 76-67, Monday night. Sophomore Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) and freshman Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY) joined Apo in double figures with 18 and 16 points, respectively. The Pioneers notch their fifth-straight win as they improve to 8-3 on the season.
The Yale Bulldogs (4-6) jumped out to a quick 9-4 lead and built their biggest lead of the night at 27-20 at the 10:27 mark. Yale had the early hot hand from behind the arc with a pair of three's by Allie Messimer and another from Megan Vazquez. Apo helped fuel an 8-0 run with a runner in the lane and a three as the Pioneers took back the lead, 28-27 with 8:40 left in the first half.
The Pioneers (8-3) built their initial 8-0 rally into a 23-5 run to take an 11-point advantage with just over four minutes left in the half, 43-32. Junior forward Maureen Reilly (Cherry Hill, NJ) stuck a pair of three's from the top of the circle to help fuel the rally. The Bulldogs cut the lead to eight, 43-35, thanks to a jumper from Ericka von Kaeppler and a free throw from Michelle Cashen just before the break.
Yale's Yoyo Greenfield got the Bulldogs off and running out of the locker room with a three and lay-ups by Mady Gobrecht and von Kaeppler cut the lead to just 47-42. After a miss on the Pioneers next possession, SHU's Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) was whistled for a personal foul and then assessed a technical foul. Greenfield promptly buried all four free throws and pulled her team to within just one, 47-46, at the 15:42 mark.
SHU responded over the next seven minutes as Taylor and Evans did most of their damage on a 16-7 run, combining for 12 points to push the lead back to double digits, 63-53, with just under eight minutes left. The Bulldogs pushed for one more rally, pulling with four on a Vasquez three with 47 seconds left but a pair of break-away lay-ups from sophomore Alexis Campbell (Ashburn, VA) over the Yale press thwarted the rally.
The Pioneers shot 48.2% (27-56) but were plagued by 22 turnovers. SHU did take full advantage of 19 Bulldog miscues to the tune of 29 points the other way. Taylor tied her season-high with 14 rebounds for her sixth double double of the season. Apo's 26 point night came on nine-of-15 shooting from the field and seven-of-eight at the line.
Yale got 14 points from Vasquez to lead three players in double figures. Greenfield and Cashen each had 12 points in the loss. The Bulldogs shot 36.5% (23-63) and were outrebounded 41-32.
The Pioneers will close out the calendar year and the non-conference portion of their schedule on Wednesday night as they head to Siena College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm.