New England Knockout: Bryant Comes to Town Saturday
The Storyline... After suffering a 70-50 loss on the road to Monmouth Monday night, Sacred Heart comes home to take on the Bryant Bulldogs who are also coming off a loss, 50-41 to LIU Brooklyn. Every game is important to the first place Pioneers as only one game separates them and No. 2 Quinnipiac. Saturday is Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Day, when the team will be wearing pink shoelaces, as well as pink shooting shirts.
The Series...The all-time series, which started in February 2, 1981 with a Bulldog win 71-63, is even at seven wins each. The Pioneers have won the last five games against Bryant, but are only 2-4 when playing on the road in the Chace Athletic Center. Sacred Heart does lead the series when playing at home in the Pitt Center, boasting a 5-3 record.
Think Pink... Saturday game is Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Day. The players will be wearing pink shoelaces and pink shooting shirts for the day. 200 pink bracelets will be given away at the door, and three pink team-signed basketballs will be raffled off during the game. Donations will be collected throughout the game to be given to a local breast cancer foundation.
New England Knockout... It is officially NEC Rivalry Week. The Pioneers will play the Bryant Bulldogs Saturday and Wednesday as part of the NEC New England Knockout. "NEC Rivalry Week has become a marquee event for the Conference both from a competitive and media standpoint" said Noreen Morris, NEC Commissioner.
Captial One Academic All-District... Senior Callan Taylor has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District for the second straight year. This year, Taylor was named to the First Team for District 1. Last year, she received the honor of Capital One Academic All-District Second Team.
New Rebounding Leader... Callan Taylor headed into Monday's game against Monmouth needing just three rebounds to tie Kelley Gray's record of 1,032 career rebounds. For Taylor, who is averaging 10.0 rebounds per game, three should seem like nothing. She reached that mark before the end of the first half. With 10:15 left in the game, Taylor pulled down Chevannah Paalvast's missed shot to pick up her fourth rebound of the game and 1,033th of her career breaking the school record that Gray set during her tenure from 1983-87. The senior finished the game with seven rebounds, bringing her career total and the school record to 1,036 until Saturday.