March 5, 2010

Sacred Heart's Apo, Taylor and Evans Earn NEC Honors

March 5, 2010

ALTOONA, PA - The Sacred Heart trio of junior Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ), sophomore Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) and freshman Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY) were honored with spots on the All-Northeast Conference women's basketball teams announced at the league tournament banquet Friday night. Apo was named to the All-NEC first team, Taylor garnered a spot on the second team and Evans was named to the All-Rookie team.

For the second-consecutive season, Apo played herself onto the All-NEC first team after guiding the Pioneers to a 19-10 regular season and third place finish in the league. Apo, the 2009 NEC Player of the Year, earned three NEC Player of the Week awards this season. She averaged 16.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game with 151 assists and 52 steals. She shot 35.5% (39-110) from behind the arc and 71.7% (134-187) at the free throw line.

Apo ranked third among NEC scorers this season with eight 20-point game to her credit. She ranked third in the league in assists and was fourth in assist to turnover ratio, with 151 assists against 107 turnovers. Her 187 trips to the free throw line was tops among all NEC players. This season, she became the 14th player in SHU history to eclipse 1,000 career points and currently sits fifth on the all-time list with 1,394 points in her three years.

Taylor followed up her All-Rookie team selection a year ago by avoiding the sophomore slump with an all-conference nod this season. Taylor averaged 15.0 points and 9.5 rebounds this season while recording 16 double doubles. She became the first Pioneer to ever lead the NEC in rebounding while also leading the league in double doubles. She ranked seventh in the league in scoring and ninth in shooting percentage, hitting 45.8% (159-347) on the year.

She earned her first career NEC Player of the Week award after scoring a career-high 32 points in a win at Saint Peter's, a Sacred Heart single game high this season. Her 16 double doubles this season set a new SHU Division I record and ranks 15th among NCAA leaders. Taylor is the third Pioneer to follow an All-Rookie freshman campaign with All-NEC honors as a sophomore, joining teammate Apo and former Pioneer Amanda Pape.

Evans becomes the sixth Pioneer in school history to garner All-Rookie team honors. Evans finished third on the team and third in the NEC among rookies in scoring averaging 11.4 points per game. She was second on the Pioneers in rebounding at 5.1 rebounds per game. The freshman standout hit 83.5% at the free throw line, ranking fourth among NEC leaders. Her 47 steals was second on the team and ranked ninth in the league.

She was a four-time recipient of the NEC Rookie of the Week award this season. Evans joins teammates Apo (2007-08) and Taylor (2008-09) and former Pioneers Amanda Pape (2003-04), Nicolle Rubino (2002-03) and Brooke Kelly (1999-00) with her all-rookie nod.

The trio leads the Pioneers into NEC Tournament action on Saturday night against the #6 seed Central Connecticut State Blue Devils. Tip-off is at 8:00 pm at Saint Francis (PA) University.