Dec. 21, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. (December 21, 2009) - Sacred Heart freshman Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY) poured in 24 points as the Pioneers shot a season-high 51.0% (25-49) on the way to their fourth-straight win, 67-59 at Binghamton University Monday night. Evans, playing just an hour outside of her hometown of Cazenovia, New York, tied her season-high in the win, making eight-of-15 from the field and six-of-six at the line. The Pioneers improve to 7-3 with the win and improved to 2-1 against teams from the America East conference this season.
Sacred Heart jumped out to a 13-4 lead forcing a pair of Binghamton timeouts before the 15 minute mark with Evans burying a three and a pull-up jumper on the opening run. SHU made it 17-4 on back to back fast break lay-ups from sophomore Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) and Evans and pushed the lead to 25-15 as Lindsey Gibson (Mechanicville, NY) stuck a foul line jumper to beat the shot clock followed by another Evans break-away lay-in at 7:21.
The Bearcats clawed their way back with a 7-1 spurt to get within 26-22 at the five minute mark. Taylor and Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ) pushed the Pioneer lead to 30-22 with consecutive jumpers but were held without a point over the final 3:27 of the half. Binghamton took advantage and a dribble drive by Orla O'Reilly and a three from Erica Carter left the Bearcats down three at the break, 30-27.
Evans continued to have the hot hand in the second half, scoring eight of the Pioneers first 15 points to start the stanza, as SHU built their lead to 43-32 at 12:36. The Bearcats pulled within 45-40 at the 10 minute mark as Carter buried a long three and pull-up jumper.
Taylor and Gibson combined to help the Pioneers build their lead to double digits, 54-42, by the 7:44 mark. Taylor hit a cutting lay-up and then buried a high arching three before finding a wide open Gibson underneath for a lay-in forcing a Binghamton timeout. Gibson pushed the lead to 54-42 out of the time out with a baseline jumper.
Evans helped put the game oout of reach over the next three minutes, burying a baseline jumper followed by a fall away three for a 59-46 lead with 4:30 to play. The Pioneer defense stood tall in the closing minutes, holding the Bearcats without a field goal over the final 3:27. Binghamton managed eight points at the free throw line over the final three minutes but SHU hit four-of-six from the charity stripe to ice the game away.
In addition to her 24 points, Evans grabbed six rebounds, dished three assists and had a pair of steals in 39 minutes playing in front of several "hometown" fans. Taylor just missed her third-straight double double with 15 points and nine rebounds. Apo finished with 12 points and four assists in the win. SHU outrebounded the Bearcats, 40-33, and turned 11 Binghamton turnovers into 18 points on the other end.
Binghamton got 16 points from Carter who made seven-of-nine. The Bearcats shot 35.5% (22-62) from the field in falling to 2-8 on the year.
The Pioneers return home to the William H. Pitt Center on Monday, December 28th when the play host to state rival Yale University.