February 6, 2012

Pioneers Travel to Monmouth Monday

The Storyline... With their 62-47 win over Monmouth on Saturday, Sacred Heart is on a three-game winning streak. The first place Pioneers boast a 10-1 NEC record heading into Monday's match-up. The Hawks are coming off a 63-75 loss to Quinnipiac Saturday, their fourth conference loss of the season dropping their NEC record to 7-4. Callan Taylor heads into the game only needing three rebounds to tie the Sacred Heart all-time career record of 1,032.

The Series...The Pioneers are looking for redemtpion after falling to Monmouth the last three times the teams have played. Sacred Heart leads the all-time series against the Hawks 16-10, but are only 7-5 when playing at Monmouth. 

Scouting the the Hawks... Monmouth comes into Monday's game holding a 12-10 overall record, and is 7-4 against Northeast Conference opponents. The Hawks have lost two of their last three games, defeating Central Connecticut State 59-56 last Monday. Alysha Womack and Abby Martin lead the Hawks offensively with 13.7 and 11.5 points per game respectively. Overall, Monmouth is seventh in the league in scoring, averaging 60.5 points per game, and ninth in scoring defense, allowing opponents and average of 63.0 points per game, a -2.5 point margin.

20+ Turnovers... On Saturday, Sacred Heart forced Fairleigh Dickinson to turn the ball over 24 times, making it the twelth time this season the Pioneers have forced 20 or more turnovers. All 12 times, Sacred Heart has recorded the win. The season high came against Robert Morris on January 14 when the Colonials turned the ball over 27 times. Overall, Pioneer opponents are averaging 20.1 turnvers per game this season.

Three-Point Trio... Three Pioneers shine when shooting from outside the arc this season. Callan Taylor and Gabby Washington lead the league with their stellar three-point field goal percentage. The senior is shooting 45.3%, while the rookie owns the top spot with 48.3%. Blair Koniszewski also makes the list, sitting in the 13th spot with a 29.9 percentage. Koniszewski is ranked second in the league in made free throws. Taylor and Koniszewski put on a show from downtown against Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday. Koniszewski made four of her eight three-point attempts all in the first half. Veteran Taylor was 5-for-9 from outside the arc in the game. She was 4-for-5 in the second half alone.