November 22, 2011

21-Point Run Boosts Women's Basketball Over Colgate 78-51

The Sacred Heart Women's Basketball Team is 4-0 for the first time in 33 years thanks to the second half 21 point run to secure the 78 - 51 win over Colgate Tuesday night. 

The Pioneers started off strong, playing an aggressive offense right from the beginning. Just 10 seconds into the game, senior Callan Taylor (Overland Park, Kan.) put the first points on the board with her shot outside the arc. Jhazmine Lynch, the Raiders' leading scorer, kicked off the Raider offense with a trey of her own to tie the game, but it was quickly answered by Enjoli Bland who knocked down her first three-pointer of the season.

At the 15:25 mark, Mariah Jones hit a three to tie it up at eight. Less than a minute later, Jones's jumper was good for two points to give the Raiders the lead. Lynch quickly added to the lead with a jumper of her own.

Sacred Heart quickly evened the score up. Getting the ball from Blair Koniszewski (Vienna, Va.), Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) laid in a trey to give the Pioneers back the lead 13-12. Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, Cal.) boosted the lead knocking down a jump shot followed by two shots from the charity line.

After a Colgate time-out, the Raiders came out fighting, with Missy Repoli hit a rainbow three at the 4:10 mark to narrow the gap to 26-24. Koniszewski, however, responded with a jumper for three for give the Pioneers the five point lead.

The last minute of the half was intense. Morgan Merriman (Seattle, Wa.) drained a jumper right before the one minute mark, but Jones responded only 10 seconds later with a jumper of her own to bring Colgate within one point. Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, N.Y.) had something to say about that, knocking down a shot for two within the last 10 seconds of the half to give the Pioneers a 34-33 lead heading into halftime.

Taylor was back in the game in the second half, draining a J for two off an assist from Katie Shepard (Lone Tree, Col.) to make it 44-39.

Jones makes the most of Tricia Oakes steal, sending it to the basket for three points. Evans answered by sinking her own three-pointer. 

Washington had five points in the twelfth minute of the half, grabbing her own rebound and put it back up for two getting fouled to send her to the charity stripe. After making her foul shot, she sent a jumper to the basket to kick off a 21 point Pioneer run.

The run was highlighted by a pair of shots from Merriman, a layup from Norman and another jumper from Washington. Elise Lorenz (Santa Margarita, Cal.) capped it off taking the ball to the hole for two, picking up her first points of the season.

The nine and a half minute run gave the Pioneers a 27-point lead, one Colgate could never come back from. 

The Pioneers head to St. Joseph's after Thanksgiving, to try an continue the hot streak against the Hawks Saturday at 1:00 p.m.