Pioneers Looking to Sweep New England Knockout at Bryant Wednesday
The Storyline... The Bulldogs are trying to avoid a Rivalry Week sweep after losing Saturday to the Pioneers in the Pitt Center 79-64. Sacred Heart is looking for NEC win No. 12 on Wednesday to maintain their first place status. Bryant, who is currently tied with Mount St. Mary's for eighth place, are hoping that heading home will help them snap their two-game losing streak.
The Series...In the all-time series, which started in February 2, 1981 with a Bulldog win 71-63, the Pioneers have a one game advantage (8-7) after Saturday's 79-64 win. The Pioneers have won the last six games against Bryant, but are only 2-4 when playing on the road in the Chace Athletic Center.
New England Knockout Take 2... In the second half of NEC Rivalry Week, Bryant is looking for revenge after suffering a 79-64 loss to the Pioneers in the first half of the 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.
Scouting the the Bulldogs... Bryant comes into Wednesday's contest 13-11 overall and an even 6-7 in NEC play. After falling to the Pioneers 79-64 in the first half of the New England Knockout, the Bulldogs look to get back to .500 in the NEC with a seventh win. In their 13 conference games, the Bulldogs are averaging 58.1 points per game and shooting 34.4% from the field. Junior Danielle Douglas and Naana Ankoma-Mensa lead the team in scoring, averaging 11.8 ppg. Right behind them is Katie Whittington 11.2 ppg. Ankoma-Mensa is nearly averaging a double double with 9.2 rebounds per game.
For the First Time in Two Years... A Pioneer has been a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. In Saturday's 79-64 win over Bryant, freshman Gabrielle Washington knocked down all 10 of her free throws, all of which were in the second half. The last person to do so was Alisa Apo in the 2009 NEC Championship game against Saint Francis (PA).
Bryant Bullies Callan... The Bulldogs seemed to shut down Sacred Heart's leading scorer Callan Taylor on Saturday. Taylor was held scoreless in the first half of the game, but managed four points in the latter part of the game. The senior had not been held scoreless in a half since last January when Monmouth did not allow her one basket in the entire game.
Double-Digits... Four Pioneers put double-digit figures on the board in the 79-64 win over Bryant. With Gabby Washington leading the way with 21 points, Ericka Norman (17), Blair Koniszewski (15) and Morgan Merriman (15) also hit an offensive surge to help Sacred Heart climb out of a deficit and pick up the win. The Pioneers are undefeated this year when four or more players score double-digits (5-0).