Dec. 29, 2005
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ (December 29, 2005) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team used a big first half and double double efforts from juniors Jasmine Walker (Amityville, NY) and Amanda Pape (Stamford, CT) to post an 83-49 win at Rider University Thursday night. The Pioneers shake off their loss at nationally ranked Ohio State last time out and improve to 7-2 on the year.
The game got a late start when the Sacred Heart bus was caught in very heavy traffic making their way to New Jersey. Despite the 45 minute delay in start time, the Pioneers wasted little time shaking off the five hour bus ride to take control of the game.
Senior Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) set the tone on SHU's first possession hitting a wide open three and the Pioneers were off and running. After a pair of Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) free throws gave the Pioneers an 11-6 lead with 15:31, the Broncs would hit what ended up being their final field goal of the entire first half.
Shaunice Parker cut the SHU lead to three, 11-8 with a lay-up at 14:36 but from there the Rider offense went stone cold to the tune of 0-22 from the field the rest of the half. When the halftime horn sounded the damage had been done as three free throws were all the Broncs could muster in being outscored 31-3. The hefty halftime advantage, 42-11, was fueled by SHU runs of 10-0 and 11-0.
The Pioneers, sporting the league's top defense, kept the Broncs in check all half. SHU outrebounded Rider 42-12, held a 20-4 advantage in the paint and forced 11 turnovers. The Broncs shot a meek 13.8% (4-29) in the half.
Walker finished the first half eclipsing her career-high for rebounds with 16 while Pape was six of 11 for 14 points.
The Broncs bounced back in the second half but the deficit proved too much to overcome with the SHU lead never dipping below 22 points. At 62-40 at the 8:45 mark the Pioneers rattled off a 21-5 jaunt over the next seven and a half minutes to keep the game safely in check.
Walker finished with her first double double of the season with 15 points and a career-best 20 rebounds. Walker is the first Pioneer in 14 years to eclipse the 20 rebound mark in a game with Altheia Osbourne last accomplishing the feat on December 4, 1991 against Southampton when she grabbed 24. The junior center also added a career high four blocks to her game totals to go with two assists.
The Pioneers as a team pulled down a season-high 67 boards and held a 67-33 advantage on the glass. The huge difference led to 27 Pioneer second chance points.
Pape finished the game with a game-high 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting. She picked up her second double double of the year with 11 rebounds. Rubino was the other Pioneer in double digits with 16 coming on another fine shooting night, six-of-12, from the floor. As a team, SHU handed out 25 assists, the third time this year they have passed out 20 or more helpers.
The Broncs, now 0-9 with the loss, got 11 points and 10 rebounds from Kara Borel and eight points and 10 boards from Parker. Rider shot just 29.0% for the game and turned the ball over 20 times.
The Pioneers return home to open a four game home stand starting on Monday, January 2nd when Saint Peter's pays a visit to the William H. Pitt Center for a 7 pm start.