Brooklyn, N.Y.—Callan Taylor's (Overland Park, Kan.) 29 points was not enough to lift the Pioneers over LIU Brooklyn Monday night. The Blackbirds handed the Sacred Heart women's basketball team just their third conference loss of the season 74-68 as the Pioneers' record falls to 20-7 overall and 13-3 in NEC play. With the loss, Sacred Heart is now tied for first place with the Quinnipiac Bobcats with two games left in the season.
It is always a battle between Sacred Heart and LIU. The offensively tough teams exchanged points for the first five minutes before LIU's Kiara Evans and She'tiarra Pledger scored the first back-to-back points of the game coming out of the first media time out.
Ebony Davis laid one in giving LIU a 22-18 lead and forcing Sacred Heart to take a time out with 11:44 remaining in the first half. Needing to jump right back into it, Blair Koniszewski (Vienna, Va.) landed her second trey from the top of the arc to pull the Pioneers within one.
The Blackbirds went on a seven-point run, starting with a Letava Whippy jumper, boosting their lead to 32-24 just before the eight-minute mark. But Taylor, en route to her tenth 20-plus point game of the season, answered with two shots to chip away at the lead, adding four to the Pioneers' total.
The Pioneers' physical game did not help them in the first half. They headed into halftime just five points behind the Blackbirds, 41-36. Six of LIU's points were earned at the charity stripe.
Sacred Heart chipped away at the deficit. Alexis Campbell (Ashburn, Va.) hit a shot bringing the Pioneers within five, and forcing the Blackbirds to take a time out with 6:46 left in regulation.
Sophomore Koniszewski also tallied double-digits tonight, putting 15 points on the board for Sacred Heart.
The Pioneers head back home to close out the season against Saint Francis (PA) on Saturday and Robert Morris on Monday.