January 23, 2012

Monday Night Basketball; No. 2 Quinnipiac Comes to Town

Full Game Notes

The Storyline... It's bound to be a good matchup at the Pitt Center as the No. 1 and 2 teams battle it out Monday night. The Pioneers are currently undefeated at home (7-0), but the Bobcats hold a very strong road record of 8-1. Both teams come in on winning streaks; Quinnipiac as won its last three, while Sacred Heart's 63-57 win over Central Connecticut State made it five in a row for the Pioneers.

The Series...Sacred Heart leads the all-time series against The Q 34-24. Earlier this year, the two teams faced off in Hamden with the Pioneers claiming victory in the 74-65 game. SHU has won four of the last five contests between these two teams. The last time Quinnipiac wo n was February 12, 2011 on their home court, 61-56. Their last two meetings have been decided by less than 10 points; 74-65 and 66.54.

Rival Sweep...With the 63-57 win over Central Connecticut on Saturday, the Pioneers completed the two-game sweep over the Blue Devils in regular season play this year. Back on December 3, Sacred Heart picked up a W and their first conference win of the year against CCSU 53-40.

Just 15 Away... Callan Taylor continues to close in on the 1,000 rebound milestone and in adding 11 more to her total in Saturday's 63-57 win over Central Connecticut State, she currently stands at 985, just 15 away from the milestone. In 17 games this season, the small forward has pulled down 178 rebounds and averages 9.9 per game The only other player to hit the milestone was Kelley Gray (1983-87)who holds the record with 1,037 career rebounds. 

All the Way From Downtown... Sacred Heart as a team is second in the league in three-point field goal percentage with 33.7%. Rookie Gabrielle Washington leads the league in three-point percentage with 47.4%. Right behind her in second place, is Callan Taylor who is shooting 45.9% from outside the arc. Blair Koniszewski is second in the league in made three-pointers, averaging 2.0 per game. In the win over Robert Morris, Koniszewski knocked down five treys, a career-high or the sophomore.