Emmitsburg, Md. (February 2, 2013)—Blair Koniszewski set a new career high Saturday night against Mount St. Mary's with a game-leading 26 points. The junior shot 68% (5-for-8) from the field, including four from dowtown, and was a perfect 12-for-12 from the charity stripe as the Sacred Heart Women's Basketball team edged out the Mount 58-50 in the Knott Arena for their sixth conference win of the season. The Pioneers are now 6-3 against Northeast Conference opponents and 14-7 overall.
Mount was able to open the game on a 4-0 run after Sydney Henderson landed the first bucket of the game due to six missed shots by the Pioneers in the first three minutes of the game. Morgan Merriman put the first two points up for Sacred Heart, making two from the charity stripe.
Enjoli Bland (Queen Creek, Ariz.) even the score with a lay-in amongst a scuffle under the basket, but it was short-lived as MSM hit back-to-back baskets for an 8-4 lead. Koniszewski brought the Pioneers within one with a trey just before the 11:38 media timeout.
Merriman landed a jumper to give the Pioneers their first lead of the game, 9-8, but MSM answered with five points on two shots, taking the lead back 13-9.
Sacred Heart turned two steals into four points to take a 16-13 lead with just over eight minutes left in the half, and Koniszewski added another trey from the top of the arc improving SHU's lead to 19-15 and forcing Mount St. Mary's Head Coach Bryan Litton to use his first timeout.
The Mount burst out of the timeout and put four points on the board to tie the game before the 5:28 media timeout. Melanie Mocniak gave Mount a small lead, 21-19, on a jumper just before the final media timeout of the half.
Koniszewski, Gabrielle Washing (Mesa, Ariz.) and Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, Calif.) combined for nine points coming out of the timeout, lifting SHU to a 28-21 lead with two minutes left in the half. Mount added one more bucket before the buzzer to send the Pioneers into the break with a 28-23 lead.
The teams exchanged points to open the second half, each putting up four in the first two minutes. MSM came within one with 15:32 left in the game as Kayla Grossett landed a jumper in the paint, cutting the Pioneers' lead to 34-33.
Henderson and Jacqueline Brewer landed back-to-back buckets giving the Mount its first lead of the night, 37-34.
With the Mount up 40-38, Koniszewski headed to the line after being fouled by Ashley Christie and put the Pioneers back in the lead, 41-40, with three made shots. Each team added a shot, SHU maintaining its one-point lead, before Norman fouled Henderson sending her to the foul line, where her two shots put the Mount up one, 44-43.
Sophomore Katie Shepard (Lone Tree, Colo.) laid one in with 4:15 on the clock putting Sacred Heart back on top 45-44.
Down to the wire with one second left on the shot clock, Christie landed one from downtown to give Mount a two-point lead, but Merriman answered with a layup, knotting the game at 47.
Just inside the three-minute mark, Washington landed a jumper from the left side, putting SHU up 49-47. After MSM came within one on Brewer's foul shot, Koniszewski hit a shot from the top of the arc with 1:44 left in the game to put the Pioneers up by four, 52-48.
Washington and Koniszewski added two more each for the Pioneers from the line, while Norman layed one in on the fast break to send Sacred Heart home with the eight point win.
Sacred Heart hits the court again Monday night against the Seahawks at Wagner.