March 14, 2011

Sacred Heart Slated To Take On Manhattan In First Round Of 2011 WBI

2011 WBI Bracket

The Pioneer women's basketball team earned an invite and the fourth seed in the east region of the 2011 Women's Basketball Invitational.  Sacred Heart will travel to Manhattan for a 7:00 pm first round tip-off with the Jaspers Thursday, March 17.  Sacred Heart is the first team from the Northeast Conference to compete in the WBI, a 16 team postseason event that was created in 2010.

Sacred Heart (18-12) will enter the tournament after falling 54-49 in the Northeast Conference Tournament quarterfinals.  The Pioneers are 1-1 all-time versus the Jaspers with each team winning on its home floor.  SHU knocked off Manhattan in 2009-10, inside the William H. Pitt Center, 64-45 behind Callan Taylor's (Overland Park, KS) 14 points and 12 rebounds. 

Manhattan (22-9) played its last game March 5 in a 50-47 loss at the hands of Loyola in the MAAC Tournament semifinals.  Abby Wentworth paces the Jaspers averaging 14.3 points per game in 2010-11 as well as earning a spot on the MAAC all-tournament team.  The Pioneers will be anchored by Taylor, an All-Northeast conference first team selection, and Ericka Norman (Chno Hills, CA), who earned a spot on the NEC All-Rookie squad.

The Pioneers went a perfect 2-0 against teams from the MAAC this season, defeating both St. Peter's and Siena.

The winner of Sacred Heart and Manhattan will take to the road to face-off against either Wright State or Buffalo.