November 30, 2011

Taylor's 3rd Double-Double Leads Pioneers Over Stony Brook, 55-33, for 5th Win

Fairfield, Conn.—The women's basketball team stompped over the Stony Brook Seawolves to pick up their fifth victory of the season. The 55-33 win improves the Pioneers' record to 5-1.

Stony Brook made a seemingly good start, putting the first points on the scoreboard; a layup by Jessica Previlon for two. Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, N.Y.) responded with a jumper for the first two Pioneer points.

Previlon would lay one more in at the 18:21 mark to put the Seawolves up 4-2, but it would be the last time Stony Brook would light up the scoreboard for nearly 11 minutes.

Meanwhile, Sacred Heart went on a 14-point run that started when Evans caught a fast break to even the score. The run was highlighted by two layups by both Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Callan Taylor (Overland Park, Kan.) and a bucket from junior Morgan Merriman (Seattle, WA.).

After scoring only 1 point in 11 minutes and 10 seconds, a made free throw by Destiny Jacobs, Stony Brook picked up four consecutive baskets, tacking eight points on the board and forcing Sacred Heart into a time out. 

Despite the Seawolves' 10 points in the last nine minutes of the half, the Pioneers dominated the first half of the game and led 32-15 going into halftime.

The Pioneers looked sharp in the second half, executing plays with good passes and pristine shots. Sacred Heart extended its lead, outscoring the Seawolves 23 to 18 in the half.

Senior Taylor picked up her third double-double of the season, 42rd of her career, scoring 19 points and nabbing 11 boards. She was nearly perfect from the field, knocking down eight of her nine shots.

Gabrielle Washington (Mes, Ariz.) continues to produce. The freshman lit up the scoreboard with 13 points. 

Evans ended the game with nine points and three assists. She played an intense defense, forcing four turnovers.

Even though the offense worked hard to put the points on the board, what Head Coach Ed Swanson was most pleased with was the Pioneer defense. 

"Our defense and pressure was great," Swanson said. "We were all over the place."

The Pioneers open conference play Saturday when they head to New Britian, Conn. to take on Central Connecticut State. Last time these teams met was in the 2011 Northeast Conference Tournament where the Blue Devils ended Sacred Heart's season with a 52-48 loss.