February 6, 2012

Callan Taylor Breaks Rebounding Record; Pioneers Fall to Monmouth 70-50

West Long Branch, N.J.—Callan Taylor (Overland Park, Kan.) broke a Sacred Heart record by grabbing her 1,036 career rebound in Monday's 70-50 loss at Monmouth. The Pioneers fall to 10-2 in Northeast Conference play, 17-6 overall.

The Pioneers already put seven points on the board before Alysha Womack could get the Monmouth offense started. Five minutes later, Alexis Canady laid one in to give the Hawks their first lead of the game.

The teams exchanged lead two more times before Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, N.Y.) checked in and stole the lead with a jumper to put Sacred Heart up 30-29. But a fast break bucket by Gena Broadus pulled the Hawks within just one a minute left in the half.

Canady, after being fouled by Enjoli Bland (Queen Creek, Ariz.), sunk two from the line to give the Hawks the advantage with just 9.2 seconds left, but Taylor landed a jumper at the buzzer to send the Pioneers into the locker room with a 34-33 lead.

Monmouth came out in the second half with a 14-point run started by a trey from Womack. Taylor broke up the streak by laying in the first Pioneer points of the half at the 13:24 mark.

With 10:15 left in the game, Taylor pulled down Chevannah Paalvast's missed shot to pick up her fourth rebound of the game and 1,033th of her career breaking the school record that Kelley Gray set during her tenure from 1983-87.

The Pioneers only managed 16 points in the second half, while the Hawks more than doubled their first half total. With 51 seconds left, Carly Thibault sank the last shot of the game to deliver the Hawks the 20-point win.

Taylor finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the loss.

Sacred Heart heads back to the Pitt Center Saturday to face Bryant at noon for Northeast Conference's Rivalry Week.