January 7, 2012

Women's Hoops Re-Opens Conference Play Saturday Against LIU Brooklyn

**Saturday's Game Will be Available on Audio Broadcast Only.  There Will Be No Video Available

Full Game Notes

The Storyline... The Pioneers head home where they are undefeated to try to snap a three-game losing streak. The momentum for the Blackbirds is exactly the opposite. They are currently on a seven-game winning streak and have not lost a game since playing Wagner on December 5. 

The Series...The Pioneers are 13-11 all-time against the Blackbirds. Long Island has taken the last two contests, winning 77-59 and 66-56. At home in the Pitt Center, SHU leads the series 8-4. The teams have faced eachother twice in the Northeast Conference Tournament and are an even 2-2.

Scouting the Blackbirds...Long Island is looking good this year boasting a 12-2 record. The Blackbirds are currently on a seven-game winning streak, which includes their latest win (64-63) over the previously undefeated Ohio State. Senior forward Ashley Palmer leads the team in scoring and rebounds, averaging 19.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

Home Sweet Home... The Pioneers return to the Pitt Center on Saturday after three-straight games on the road. Sacred Heart, who is 9-4 this season, is hoping the return home will help snap the three-game losing streak. This season, the team is undefeated at home (4-0) having already beaten Columbia (60-42), Lehigh (68-51), Stony Brook (55-33) and Cal Poly (89-69). 

Taylor at the Top... Senior Callan Taylor will surely go down as one of the best players to don a Pioneer uniform. She currently leads the team in field goal percentage (54.7), three-point field goal percentage (46.0), scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounds (10.2 rpg). The six-foot forward has already recorded eight double-doubles this season in Sacred Heart's 13 games for a total of 46 in her career, a number that leads all NCAA Division I active players.

Enjoli Continues Excellence... Enjoli Bland followed-up her stellar offensive performance in Manhattan with another big game at St. Bonaventure. The sophomore posted another career-high in the 67-64 loss when she pulled down 11 rebounds, the most of any player in the game.

Koniszewski Knocks 'Em Down... Blair Koniszewski has had a breakout sophomore season so far. In just 13 games, she is already averaging twice as many points per game (7.8) as last year (3.0). The 5'11" guard has lit up the scoreboard with double-digit points five times this year, including her career-high 13-points in the 68-51 win over Lehigh in November.