December 18, 2012

Pioneers Travel to Lehigh Thursday

Full Game Notes

Setting the Scene... The Pioneers hed to Lehigh riding the momentum of Monday's 55-38 win over Manhattan College. It was the second time this season Sacred Heart has held a team to less tham 40 points, previously topping Saint Peter's 79-34. Lehigh is on a two game winning streak with wins over Fairfield (47-42) and Niagara (72-49) earlier this month, but are entering tonight's game after a 12-day break.

Series Notes... This is the eighth time in program history the Pioneers have faced off against Lehigh
- The Mountain Hawks lead the series 4-3
- Sacred Heart is an even 2-2 at home against Lehigh, but have only picked up one win (1-2) when in
  Bethlehem.
- Last year, SHU bested Lehigh 68-51 at home in the William H. Pitt Center.

SHU Against the Patriot League... Sacred Heart is 12-13 all-time against Patriot League opponents.
- Earlier this season, SHU took down Patriot League member Colgate 59-53 at home on December 1.
- The Pioneers won both their games against the Patriot League last year, topping Lehigh 68-51 at
  home in the William H. Pitt Center, following that with a 78-51 rout of Colgate on the road.
- SHU has face Colgate (3-1), Army (1-4), Bucknell (1-2), Holy Cross (0-1), Lafayette (4-1) and
  Lehigh (3-4). They have never played American and Navy.

Taking Charity... Gabrielle Washington was two-for-two from the charity stripe Monday night against Manhattan extending her streak to 33 consecutive made free throws. The sophomore is second in the country, and first in the Northeast Conference, shooting 97.1% (33 for 34) from the line this season. The only time Washington has missed a foul shot this season was in the second game of the season against Sam Houston State where she went two-for-three. On December 1, against Colgate, the Mesa, Ariz. native was a perfect 10-for-10 from the line.

Stifling Defense... Monday night, the Pioneers held Manhattan to 38 points, as they went on to win 55-38. Sacred Heart forced the Jaspers to turnover the ball 20 times. This is the eighth time this season that SHU has forced 20-plus turnovers, with their high of 29 forced turnovers coming against Liberty. The Pioneers are tied for third in the league, holding opponents to an average of 60.0 points per game and a 36.5 field goal percentage.