Jan. 14, 2010
SMITHFIELD, R.I. (January 14, 2010) - Sacred Heart junior guard Maggie Cosgrove finished with 19 points, hitting five-of-six from behind the arc to lead the Pioneers to a 76-64 win at Bryant University Thursday night. The Pioneers used a balanced offensive attack shooting a season-high 51.8% (29-56) while passing out 21 assists to improve to 12-4 and 5-0 in the Northeast Conference with the win. SHU extends their winning streak to 23-straight regular season NEC wins and 26-straight over league opponents, including last year's conference tournament.
After a slow start, the Pioneers opened up a 10-point lead, 21-11 by the midway point of the first half. SHU pushed their lead to 19 at the four minute mark, 36-17, thanks to a 13-4 run fueled by Cosgrove's third three of the first half. The Bulldogs responded by ending the half on an 11-3 spurt to trail 39-28 at the break. Cosgrove finished with 11 points over the first 20 minutes of action.
The Pioneers (12-4, 5-0 NEC) opened the second half with a furious 17-5 run with Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) scoring nine of her 13 points during the rally. Cosgrove's fourth three put SHU up 57-33 five minutes in. Her fifth three gave the Pioneers their biggest lead of the night at 64-39 with 14:30 left.
Bryant (4-11, 2-3 NEC) cut the lead under 20 on a Katie Whittington three, 66-47, with 10:33 left. SHU pushed the lead back to 25, 73-48 thanks to a freshman Amie Toner (Williamantic, CT) three-point play with just under nine minutes to play. The Sacred Heart offense went cold the rest of the way with Bryant holding the Pioneers to just five points over the final 8:55. The Bulldogs struggled to capitalize, only being able to pull within down 17 at the final media timeout.
Cosgrove finished seven-of-12 from the field and matched her season-high with six assists against just one turnover. Apo dished out seven assists and had a pair of steals. Freshman Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY) scored 14 points on six-of-nine shooting while senior Lindsey Gibson (Mechanicville, NY) just missed her first career double double with 10 points and nine rebounds, both career best marks.
The Bulldogs shot just 32.8% (20-61) but held the rebounding edge 38-34, coming up with 20 second chance points. Siamone Bennett finished with 16 points while Kristin Mraz added 14 in the loss.
Sacred Heart will head to in-state rival Central Connecticut State on Saturday afternoon to take on the Blue Devils. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 pm.