The Storyline... The first place Pioneers come into Saturday's game looking for the thirteenth conference win of the season to maintain their status atop the Northeast Conference. St. Francis (NY) is looking to get even after falling 62-33 to Sacred Heart earlier this season in the Pitt Center.
The Series...After defeating the Terriers earlier this season 62-33, the Pioneers lead the all-time series 20-9. The last time St. Francis (NY) won was on February 13, 2000 when they edged out the Sacred Heart 64-63 in the Pitt Center. On the road, SHU is 10-4 versus the Terriers. The first time these two teams met was on February 4, 1975, the first year of Sacred Heart's women's basketball program. The Pioneers picked up the win 62-50.
Scouting the the Terriers... St. Francis (NY) is 3-22 overall this season and 2-12 against NEC opponents. Sitting in 12th place, the Terriers have recorded wins over Columbia (48-44), Wagner (48-34) and Robert Morris (70-62). SFNY is currently on a five game losing streak having been swept in the "Battle for Brooklyn" by LIU Brooklyn 66-53 and 60-53. Freshman Jaymee Veney leads the squad averaging 9.1 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Rookie of the Week... Gabrielle Washington was named this week's Choice Hotels NEC Rookie of the Week. Her strong offensive performance during NEC Rivalry Week earns the Mesa, Ariz. native her fourth Rookie of the Week nod. She combined for 48 over the two game series against Bryant. In Saturday's game, Washington was a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe, making her the first Pioneer to do so since Alisa Apo in the 2009 NEC Championship game. En route to Wednesday's 27-point performance, she hit three of her four three point attempts.
Dos Double Doubles... Morgan Merriman and Ericka Norman both posted double doubles in Wednesday's 74-67 triumph over Bryant. It was Merriman's first of her career as the junior posted 11 points and nabbed 10 rebounds. Norman picked up the second double double of her career (first was at Quinnipiac earlier this year)after tallying 11 points and recording 12 assists.
Double-Digits... Four Pioneers put double-digit figures on the board in both wins over Bryant last week. 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. On Wednesday, Washington hit a career-high 27 points to assist the Sacred Heart to a 74-67 win. Taylor rang in with 17 points, while Norman and Merriman put 11 points each on the board.The Pioneers are undefeated this year when four or more players score double-digits (5-0).