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WOMEN'S HOOPS DROPS SECOND STRAIGHT, FALLS AT SACRED HEART 66-47
FAIRFIELD, CT (February 24, 2003) - The Sacred Heart women's basketball team built a 13-point halftime lead and never looked back, sprinting to their sixth-straight victory, 66-47, over UMBC Monday night. On the night were seniors Brooke Kelly (Medford, NJ), Ashley Durmer (Nashua, NH) and Brooke Rutnik (Albany, NY) were honored before playing in their last regular season home game, the Pioneers would tie the school-record for consecutive wins and close out their home schedule with a 10-2 record at the Pitt Center.
Kelly finished with 11 points while picking up two rebounds and two assists in the win. Durmer continues to have the hot hand, knocking down four-of-eight from three-point range for 12 points while tying her season-high with six rebounds. In her last four games, Durmer has been red hot from long range, burying 16-of-25 from downtown. Rutnik put together a solid all-around night, scoring 10 points, grabbing eight rebounds, blocking three shots, handing out two assists and making a steal.
The Pioneers once again shot the lights out as they improve to 16-8 overall and 10-5 in Northeast Conference play. SHU hit 52.2% (24-46) from the field and 45.8% (11-24) from behind the three-point arc, and after tonight's 19-point win, have won its last four games by an average of 19.0 points per game. Offensively, the Pioneers are averaging 70.3 points and shooting 46% from the field and 47% from three over their current winning streak.
Freshman Nicolle Rubino (Port Jefferson Station, NY) led all Sacred Heart scorers on the night with 15 points on six-of-10 shooting. Junior Ashley Kohl (Palmyra, PA) found double-digits for the fifth-straight game, finishing with 12 points on four-of-nine from three-point land. She also tied her career-high in assists, handing out six helpers in the win. Junior Kate Maher (Waterford, Ireland) cleared the glass to the tune of a career-high 11 rebounds, five offensive.
UMBC, now 11-14 overall and 8-8 in the NEC, was held to just 30.5% (18-59) from the field and 21.7% (5-23) from behind the arc in the loss. Guard Shalayna Johnson poured in a game-high 19 points, while Millette Green had 11 and a team-high five rebounds.