The Storyline... The Pioneer women's basketball team hits the road for the final two away games of the 2010-11 regular season. The swing begins Saturday evening as SHU takes on the newest member of the Northeast Conference, Bryant. The Pioneers downed the Bulldogs 54-44 in the first meeting between the two sides in the William H. Pitt Center back on January 15. Junior Callan Taylor exploded in that match-up, dropping in 26 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. SHU will play its final road game of the regular season Monday night in a clash with Central Connecticut State in New Britain, CT. Bryant enters Saturday's tilt on a four game losing streak, last falling at the hands of the Blue Devils in back-to-back games. However, the Bulldogs have been a far better team on their home floor this year, posting a 7-4 record at Chace Athletic Center while compiling a 1-13 record outside of Smithfield, RI.
Series... The Pioneers are 6-7 all-time against Bryant but hold a 4-0 record in the program's Division I era. SHU knocked off the Bulldogs twice last year, including a 76-64 triumph inside the Chace Athletic Center. Sacred Heart has won each of the last four contests by at least nine points. Bryant last defeated SHU December 8, 1993 in a 82-54 decision in Smithfield, RI. Sacred Heart owns a 1-4 mark on the road against the Bulldogs.
Scouting the Bulldogs... Bryant ranks last in the Northeast Conference in field goal percentage this season, shooting at a 34.8 percent clip in 2010-11. However, the Bulldogs are currently the top rebounding team in the league and have hauled in an average of 41.9 boards per game this season. Danielle Douglas has started every game this season for Bryant and leads the squad with 10.9 points per game. Meredith Soper is the team's time rebounder at 7.4 boards per game in 2010-11. The Bulldogs have played three overtime games this year and hold a 1-2 mark in affairs that go to an extra session.
Evans and Taylor Named to Academic All-District Second Team... Sophomore Kiley Evans and junior Callan Taylor each received a nod to the Capital One Academic All-District second team for district 1, which includes schools throughout seven states in the Northeast. Sacred Heart's two representatives on the All-District team are the most by any institution in district 1. Taylor is an Exercise Science major with a cumulative grade point average of 3.59. Evans has notched three double-doubles this year and is coming off of her highest scoring output of the season last time out, a 20 point performance against Quinnipiac. Evans is a history major whose cumulative GPA currently stands at 3.90.
Counting on Callan... Junior Callan Taylor is fourth in the NEC in scoring with 14.9 points per game and third in rebounding at 8.9 boards per contest. She has been even better in league games averaging a double-double with 14.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Taylor recorded her ninth double-double of 2010-11 against Quinnipiac registering 13 points and tied a career high with 16 rebounds.
Second Half Surges... In the 2010-11 season the Pioneers have consistently been stronger in the final twenty minutes of regulation. Sacred Heart is averaging 28.2 points in the first period, compared to 30 points from the opposition. However, SHU holds a 32-28.6 advantage on average in the final half of games.
Let's Play to 70... Sacred Heart is 5-0 this season when reaching the 70 point plateau. The Pioneers last scored 70+ in a 73-45 rout of St. Francis (NY). SHU also holds a 0-3 record in 2010-11 when opponents notch at least 70 points. Sacred Heart is 8-2 when tallying 60-69 points and is 2-8 without reaching the 60 point mark.
SHU Sharpshooters... Maggie Cosgrove and Callan Taylor both rank in the top-five in the NEC in three-point field goal percentage in 2010-11. Cosgrove is second in the conference shooting at a 41.7 percent (48-115) clip from downtown this season. Taylor ranks fourth in the league with a 40.4 percent (40-99) mark from beyond the arc. Cosgrove is also the Sacred Heart all-time leader in career treys, currently sitting at 241 long balls in her three plus seasons wearing red and white.