Sacred Heart WBB Stunts Monmouth Comeback Bid, Hangs on for Ticket to Big Dance

2012 NEC WBB Championship Game News Coverage
Monmouth women fall short for second straight yearYahoo! Sports (AP – Doug Feinberg)

SHU women earn NCAA bidConnecticut Post (Henry Chisholm)

Monmouth women come up short in NEC finalAsbury Park Press (Tony Graham)

Hawks’ loss part of painful processAsbury Park Press (Steve Edelson)

 

Tournament Tweet of the Day (Mar. 11)
@maxl100 – That’s why I love college basketball. Seeing your team in the championship game cutting down nets NEVER gets old

This award-winning Tweet speaks for itself, but we did feel the need to add the following hashtags. #Never #EverybodyLovesToDance

 

Tournament Image of the Day (Mar. 11) 

Colleenwall_tip-sunday

After following her tweets from back in late February, we knew @ColleenWall wouldn’t miss the chance to see her Pioneers dance. Sure enough she was on hand at the Pitt Center for the 2012 NEC Women’s Basketball Championship Game and she shared this shot with us prior to tip-off.

 

Overtime!’s Take on Title Tilt…

In the end, they turned their home court into a dance floor.  Top-seeded Sacred Heart watched an 18-point lead evaporate, but never trailed in the second half of a 58-48 victory over no. 3 Monmouth in the 26th NEC Women’s Basketball Championship Game.

The Pioneers jumped out to a 30-12 first-half lead before taking a 10-point advantage into the break.

Monmouth opened the second stanza with a 17-7 spurt to pull even at 37-37, but could not get over the hump and fell in the NEC’s title tilt for the second consecutive season.

After Betsy Gadziala’s bucket tied the game at the 11:15 mark of the second half, the NEC Player of the Year untied it for good 1:04 later.

With Sacred Heart in danger of falling behind for the first time since Monmouth led, 6-5, 2:08 into the game, Callan Taylor stepped up and drained a three to put the Pioneers back out in front of Monmouth, 40-37. 

They would not look back on the way to their second NEC Tournament title in four seasons.

 

Championship Game Final Box Score

 

 

2012 NEC WBB Tournament Statistical Ranking (Individual)

 

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