November 22, 2010

First Half Struggles Result In 62-53 Loss at Hartford

Hartford, CT - The SHU women's basketball team never recovered from an eight point deficit at halftime, suffering a 62-53 setback at the hands of the Hartford Hawks Monday night.  Junior Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) grabbed seven offensive rebounds on her way to a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.  Hartford's Alex Hall dropped in a game high 18 points as SHU fell for the second straight game.

Sacred Heart (1-2) used a 10-1 run in the late stages of regulation to cut the Hawk advantage to just seven at 53-46 with 3:12 to play.  Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) buried a three and Morgan Merriman (Seattle, WA) finished a basket inside to pull the Pioneers back in the game late.  Hall halted the SHU momentum with a lay-up followed by a long three from Daphne Elliott.  Another 5-0 surge with less than two minutes on the clock proved to be the dagger for Sacred Heart.  Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) hit a pair of free throws to move the deficit back to single digits but SHU would not half enough time to close the gap before the final buzzer.

Hartford (1-3) stormed out of the locker room after the intermission with a 16-6 run and moved the margin to 16 on a Mary Silvia jumper.  In each of the next two possessions the Pioneers finished layups only to have Hartford respond with a basket of their own on their next trip up the floor.   

The Hawks came out on fire to start the game, sinking six-of-eight to start the game to build an early 16-6 cushion.  The Pioneers did tally the opening bucket of the contest on a jump shot from Taylor.  Hartford controlled the action inside and set the tempo by recording three blocks in the first eight minutes of play.

SHU closed the first half strong with the last five points of the frame on a three ball from Cosgrove and a lay-in off the hand of Taylor.  Cosgrove, the school's all-time leading three-point shooter, finished the game two-for-six behind the arc.  As a team SHU shot 23.5% (4-for-17) from downtown compared to a 46% mark for Hartford.

Freshman Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, CA) and Taylor each posted a team high four points in the first half.  The Pioneers managed just eight-for-30 (27%) from the field in the opening twenty minutes.  The Hawks shot at a 47% clip in the first stanza.

SHU held a rebounding edge of 41-34.

The Pioneer women's basketball team returns to action this Friday for a 12:00 pm tilt with Auburn at the Travelers Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas.