November 9, 2012

Pioneers Fall to Georgetown in Season Opener

Washington D.C. (November 9, 2012)—The Sacred Heart Women's Basketball team opened the season tonight at Georgetown in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. Kiley Evans (Casenovia, Calif.) shot .500 (6-for-12) from the field and was a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line, but the Pioneers fell 90-63 to the Hoyas.

Georgetown came out strong on both offense and defense, holding the Pioneers scoreless while they took a 7-0 lead. Blair Koniszewski (Vienna, Va.) landed back-to-back treys to put Sacred Heart on the board and bring them within one.

Down 16-9, Koniszewski added three from the charity stripe and Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) hit a jumper to shrink the gap to only two points. Georgetown responded with a 10-4 run giving the Hoyas a 10-point lead, 28-18, that would only grow, as Sacred Heart headed into the locker room for halftime down 47-24.

The teams exchanged points in the second half, with the Hoyas only outscoring the Pioneers by four points, 43-39. However, Sacred Heart was never able to make up for the first half, losing the game 90-63.

Three Pioneers reached double-digit points in the loss. Evans led the team with 18, while Koniszewski and Washington had 14 and 13 respectively. Katie Shepard (Lone Tree, Colo.) set reached a new career high, recording seven assists.

Sacred Heart will play again Friday in the consolation bracket of the Preseason WNIT.