Sacred Heart Tripped Up by Siena Saints, 51-45
Dec. 30, 2009
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (December 30, 2009) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers got 21 points from junior Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) but shot a season-low 34.0% (18-53) in falling at Siena College 51-45 Wednesday night. The Pioneers never led Wednesday night in posting their lowest point total of the season. SHU saw their five-game winning streak snapped as they closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule with the loss, moving to 8-4 on the year.
Apo's 21 points came on seven-of-16 from the field including four-of-seven from behind the arc. She added eight assists and six rebounds to her totals. No other Pioneer found double digits as SHU turned it over 19 times leading to 21 Saint points at the other end. Siena also held the edge in the paint, outscoring the Pioneers 26-14.
The Saints (2-7) ran out to an 18-7 lead over the games first seven and a half minutes as Apo tried to pull the Pioneers back. Down 20-10 at the 9:48 mark, an Apo jumper got SHU off on a 10-0 run capped by a Lindsey Gibson (Mechanicville, NY) fast break lay-up to tie it a 20-20 with 5:54 to go in the half. The Saints responded and closed the half strong with Serena Moore getting a pair of free throws and a pair of jumpers in the paint followed by a Merrick Volpe hoop for a 28-22 lead at the break.
Siena took their biggest lead of the night four minutes into the second half, as Sarah Fullmer hit a pair of lay-ups and a jumper along with a Cristina Centeno three for a 37-25 advantage. Freshman Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY) finished a three-point play and a lay-up to help cut the lead down to three, 37-34 but the Saints once again answered as Fullmer hit a pair in the paint and two free throws to put her team up 43-34 with 8:30 left.
Down nine, 47-38, with five minutes to play, the Pioneers made one last spurt, cutting the lead to just a hoop after a Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) jumper and Apo three. Two free throws from Apo at 2:38 cut the deficit to 47-45, but that would prove to be the final Sacred Heart points of the night. SHU missed seven-straight down the stretch while a Cathy Cockrum lay-in and two free throws by Allie Lindenmann iced the game away for the Saints.
Fullmer finished seven-of-13 for a team-high 17 points for Siena, adding six rebounds and three blocks to her line. Moore scored 10 points and had six boards as well.
Sacred Heart jumps back into Northeast Conference play full-time starting on Monday, January 4th when they play host to the Monmouth Hawks at 7 pm in the William H. Pitt Center.