Nov. 13, 2009
NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 13, 2009) - Sacred Heart sophomore Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) poured in 21 points with four assists but the Pioneers came up short, 79-55, in the 2009-10 season opener at Columbia Friday night. The Lions had six players in double figures and shot a blistering 57.9% (33-57) from the field including seven-of-18 (.389) from behind the arc en route to the 24 point victory.
Columbia (1-0) used a strong inside game led by junior forward Judie Lomax who finished with a double double, hitting seven-of-11 for 14 points with 11 rebounds. Junior guard Kathleen Barry matched Lomax's 14 points on six-of-11 shooting with five rebounds.
The Lions set the tone for a hot shooting night right from the opening tip, opening the game six-from-six to build an early 15-6 lead. After their first miss, senior guard Danielle Brown made it 18-8 burying a three and sophomore Melissa Shafer followed with a triple of her own two possessions later for a 21-10 lead eight minutes into the game.
The Pioneers (0-1) tried to chip away at the Lion lead and pulled within seven, 29-22, thanks to a Taylor three-point play with 5:25 to go in the half. Columbia again used some strong shooting to close the first stanza with a 10-4 run, including a pair of the three's from Barry and Shafer, to lead 39-26 at the break.
Columbia opened the second half just as hot as they started the game, using a quick 10-3 spurt to go up 21 and force a Pioneer timeout. The Lions finished the second half hitting 17-of-27 (.630) while never letting SHU get closer than 15-points
SHU's Taylor finished eight-of-14 from the field to lead all scorers as the Pioneers shot 46.7% (21-45) as a team. The Pioneers never led Friday night and turned the ball over 18 times leading to 23 Lions points.
Lomax led the Lions inside game to a 38-22 advantage in the paint and 19 second chance points. Dwyer finished with 12 points hitting all six of her shots in the win. Sara Yee and Shafer each had 10 points.
Sacred Heart's trio of freshmen in Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY), Amie Toner (Willimantic, CT) and Morgan Merriman (Seattle, WA) all saw their first collegiate action and scored their first points in the loss. Evans has six points with four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal. Both Toner and Merriman had a bucket apiece on the night.
The Pioneers return to the court on Monday night for their 2009-10 home opener playing host to the Villanova Wildcats.