December 5, 2009

Sacred Heart Opens NEC Play with 64-48 Win at Fairleigh Dickinson

Dec. 5, 2009

Final Stats

HACKENSACK, N.J. (December 5, 2009) - Sacred Heart sophomore Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) finished with 18 points and junior Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) netted 16 as the Pioneers posted a 64-48 win at Fairleigh Dickinson in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams. The victory extended the Pioneers' winning streak to 22-straight over NEC competition as they move to 4-3 on the year.

SHU (4-3, 1-0 NEC) opened the game 7-0 with a Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) three and a pair of jumpers from Taylor and Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY), forcing a Knight timeout. With SHU up 9-2, FDU pulled even on an Alannah Driscoll-Sbar lay-up just over four minutes in and Jenna Strich gave her team a 12-9 lead capping a 10-0 run with a three at 14:31.

Apo gave SHU the lead back with back-to-back buckets and the Pioneers push their lead to double digits, 26-15, with an 11-2 spurt over the next five minutes. Taylor fueled Sacred Heart with 12 of her 18 in the first half as SHU closed the opening stanza with three-straight lay-ups and a free throw for a 35-19 halftime advantage.

Fairleigh Dickinson (2-5, 0-1 NEC) looked to fight their way back, pulling within 13, 42-29, on back-to-back three's by Alyssa Mayrose but that would be as close as the Knights would come on the day. The Pioneers put the game away over the next five minutes, running their lead to 57-31 on a game-clinching 15-2 run, capped by a pair of Cosgrove three's.

The Pioneers shot 46.3% (25-54) from the field and 42.9% (6-14) from behind the arc as Cosgrove continued to light it up from behind the arc. The junior guard hit four-of-five from downtown on the way to a 12 point afternoon. Apo added five rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals to her 16 point line. Taylor finished with seven rebounds and three assists. Junior Maureen Reilly (Cherry Hill, NJ) led the Pioneers off the bench with seven points and six boards.

The Knights got 22 points from guard Mariyah Laury but where hurt by 36.3% (17-47) shooting and 22 turnovers. The Pioneers held a 24-16 scoring advantage in the paint and out rebounded the Knights 36-26.

SHU ran their streak to 13-straight over the Knights and are now 17-1 against FDU all-time.

The Pioneers continue their four-game road swing on Wednesday night at Saint Peter's College. The Pioneers and Peahens will tip-off at 5:30 pm

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