Fairfield, Conn.—A strong offensive performance puts the women's basketball team on top of Cal Poly 89-69. Four Pioneers put up double-digit point in the win with Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) leading the way with a career-high 24 points. The Pioneers' record improves to 9-1 with the victory.
Cal Poly's Kristina Santiago put the first points on the board with a couple made free throws. She was on a fast break when a foul by Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, Calif.) sent her to the charity stripe. Santiago laid one in before Washington put up the first Pioneer points with a shot from outside the arc. Washington had the hot hand early on, responsible for seven of Sacred Heart's first nine points.
The Mustangs held on to their early lead until Katie Shepard (Lone Tree, Co.) got the ball from Norman and found the net for three to tie the game at 12. The tie was short-lived as Santiago made a jumper the give Cal Poly back the lead.
Washington gave the Sacred Heart its first lead of the game on a fast break with 11:33 left in the first half. Five minutes, she would knock down a three to pass her previous career-high of 17 points, and give the Pioneers a seven point lead.
The Sacred Heart offense kicked it into high-gear towards the end of the half, going on a 11-2 run over a span of six minutes and 25 seconds. By halftime the Pioneers had built up a 47-34 lead.
The Pioneers never relinquished the lead in the second half. Instead they outscored the Mustangs 42 to 35. Sacred Heart put together several brief runs in the half. Second half scoring was led by senior Callan Taylor (Overland Park, Kan.) who put up 12 points, Norman and Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, N.Y.) each with eight points.
Taylor, who leads active NCAA Division I players in career double-doubles, picked up her fifth of the season. She lit up the scoreboard with 21 points while pulling down 12 rebounds.
Norman, who recorded the first double-double of her career in the win over Quinnipiac last week, nearly had her second today. The point guard put 10 points on the board and had nine assists.
Evans tied a season-high 13 points in the victory.
The Pioneers will head to Albany next weekend, playing the University of Albany Great Danes Sunday at 2:00 p.m.