February 20, 2011

Pioneers and Blue Devils Tangle In New Britain Monday Night

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The Storyline...  The SHU women's basketball team plays its final road game of the regular season Monday night against Central Connecticut State.  The Pioneers have won back-to-back games and sit in a four-way tie for second place in the Northeast Conference.  The Blue Devils are one game behind the cluster for second and defeated SHU earlier this season in a 65-62 affair in Fairfield, CT.  The loss marked the only time this season a conference opponent has defeated Sacred Heart at home.  The Pioneers will try and return the favor with a victory inside Detrick Gymnasium, where SHU is 11-5 all-time.  Sacred Heart notched a 20 point win over Bryant last time out in a game that saw both Ericka Norman and Alexis Campbell post new career highs for scoring.  The Blue Devils are currently riding a three game winning streak and most recently took a 61-58 decision over Nutmeg State rival Quinnipiac.

Series...  The Pioneers lead the all-time series over the Blue Devils with a 23-11 record.  SHU has posted a 19-5 mark since joining the division I ranks. However, Central Connecticut State has won three consecutive meetings, including a 63-51 victory to eliminate SHU in the quarterfinal round of the 2010 NEC tournament. The Pioneers have won nine straight games in Detrick Gymnasium, last knocking off CCSU with a 54-49 decision during the 2009-10 campaign.  

Scouting the Blue Devils...  Central Connecticut State has played much stronger at home this season, posting a 10-1 record on its home court.  The Blue Devils currently rank last in the Northeast Conference in three-point field goal percentage, hitting shots from downtown at a 26.1 percent clip.  In their victory over SHU earlier this season CCSU went 6-of-16 (37.5%) from beyond the arc.  Justine Udenze paces the squad in scoring with an average of 10.3 points per game.  Leanne Crocket is second in the NEC on the glass, pulling in 9.2 rebounds per contest in 2010-11.  The Blue Devils are also ninth in the league turning the ball over 19.9 times per game this year.         

Cosgrove Eclipses 1,000 Point Barrier...  Senior Maggie Cosgrove drilled a trey at the 12:25 mark of the second half against Bryant to become the 16th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.  Cosgrove has tallied 738 of her now 1,003 career points with a school record 246 three-point baskets.  During her career the guard has averaged 8.4 points per game and shot 42 percent from beyond the arc.

Career Highs In Rhode Island...  Both Ericka Norman and Alexis Campbell posted new career scoring highs in the Pioneers last game against Bryant.  Norman led all scorers with 19 points on 7-of-11 from the field, including several great drives to the basket to setup easy lay-ins.  Campbell added 11 points and went 5-for-6 at the free throw line. The junior played 29 minutes versus the Bulldogs as she made her second start of 2010-11.

Counting on Callan... Junior Callan Taylor is fourth in the NEC in scoring with 14.5 points per game and third in rebounding at 9.0 boards per contest.  She has been even better in league games averaging a double-double with 14.1 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.  Last time out she hauled in a game high 11 rebounds.

Let's Play to 70...  Sacred Heart is 6-0 this season when reaching the 70 point plateau.  The Pioneers last scored 70+ in their convincing 74-54 victory over Bryant.  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.       

Keeping Them Down...  Sacred Heart is 12-0 this season when they lead heading into the intermission.  The Pioneers are a perfect 14-0 in 2010-11 when having an advantage with ten minutes remaining in regulation.  SHU holds a 16-1 mark when leading with 5:00 minutes to play with the only loss coming against Wagner as SHU led by one late after overcoming a 10 point Seahawk advantage in the second half.               

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.