Dec. 9, 2009
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (December 9, 2009) - Sacred Heart sophomore Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) poured in a career-high 32 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the Pioneers to a 61-55 win at Saint Peter's College Wednesday night. Junior Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) chipped in with 16 points making nine-of-13 at the free throw line as the Pioneers improve to 5-3 on the season.
Both teams turned the ball over 27 times and posted almost identical shooting nights. The Peahens hit 43.4% (21-53) while the Pioneers hit 43.5% (20-46). The difference came at the charity stripe where SHU hit 17-of-26. Taylor's double double effort was her fourth on the season, coming on 12-of-16 shooting and six-of-seven at the line.
The Pioneers shot 50.0% (14-28) in the first half but turned the ball over 14 times, a season-high for a half. Taylor scored 15 of the Pioneers 31 points over the first 20 minutes of action. On the flip side, SPC turned it over 16 times but SHU took better advantage of the miscues, with 12 points off turnovers to the Peahens six.
SHU closed the first half strong, with a 7-2 spurt over the last five minutes to take their biggest lead at nine, 31-22, at the break. The Pioneers kept the Peahens at bay for much of the second half and pushed their lead to its high-water mark of 10, 52-42, just over six minutes left. Saint Peter's refused to go quietly and quickly sliced the lead down to three, 52-49, three minutes later and again, with 27 seconds left, 57-54. Turnovers down the stretch continued to plague Saint Peter's and the Pioneers made nine-of-12 free throws down the stretch to put the game away.
Saint Peter's got 18 points from Jynae Judson and 10 points from Alena Ali in the loss.
Sacred Heart will take on their second-straight MAAC opponent this Sunday when they face cross-town rival Fairfield University. Game time is scheduled for 1:30 pm at the Arena at Harbor Yard.