Pioneers Battle Bryant Bulldogs Sunday
Setting the Scene... The Sacred Heart Women's Basketball Team braves impending winter storm Charlotte to face the Bryant Bulldogs Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers hope to extend their six-game win streak, while Head Coach Ed Swanson looks for his 400th career win against the 4-6 Bulldogs.
Series Notes... This is the 17th time in program history the Pioneers have played Bryant
- The Pioneers lead the all-time series, 9-7
- SHU topped the Bulldogs 62-44 on January 28 this year at home in the William H. Pitt Center
- Sacred Heart is 8-0 against the Bulldogs since Bryant joined the Division I ranks and the Northeast Conference four years ago
- When facing each other as Division II teams, the Bulldogs led the series 1-7, with SHU only taking one game at home SHU
Against the NEC... Sacred Heart is 201-99 all-time against Northeast Conference opponents
- The Pioneers went 15-3 last season against the NEC, including three tournament wins en route to their third NEC Championship
- Sacred Heart only lost to Quinnipiac, Monmouth and LIU Brooklyn last year - SHU has a winning record against all NEC teams: Bryant 9-7, Central Connecticut State 26-13, Fairleigh Dickinson 22-1, LIU Brooklyn 15-12, Monmouth 18-11, Mount St. Mary's 23-4, Quinnipiac 34-26, Robert Morris 18-7, Saint Francis U 14-8, St. Francis Brooklyn 21-9 and Wagner 19-8
Six Game Streak... The Pioneers have swept the last three weekends, most recently topping Wagner 76-47 on Monday. This is the first time since the 2010-11 season SHU has been on a six-game winning streak. On Saturday, the Sacred Heart Women's Basketball Team edged out Mount St. Mary's 58-50. The win tacked on to sweeping the last two weekends puts the Pioneers on their first five-game winning streak of the season. It all It all started with handing the Saint Francis Red Flash their first conference loss of the season live on NEC-TV 71-50, followed by the late come-from- behind 70-66 win over Robert Morris. This past weekend, they topped Monmouth 56-42 in the rematch of the 2012 NEC Champi- onship game. Then, on Monday, defeated Bryant 62-44.
Koniszewski Big Weekend... Blair Koniszewski was named the Choice Hotels Northeast Conference Player of the Week, her first conference weekly honor of her career, after the junior forward averaged 20.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game over the two-win road swing that extended the Pioneers' win streak to six in a row and pushed them into sole possession of second place in the NEC standings. Playing 28.5 minutes per contest, Koniszewski shot 47 percent from three- point range and accounted for a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. The versatile 5-foot-11 forward erupted for a career-high 26 points in a 58-50 triumph over Mount St. Mary's. Not only did she provide 45 percent of Sacred Heart's scoring in the game, but Koniszewski came through in crunch time. With Sacred Heart clinging to a 49-48 lead and under 2:00 remaining in regulation, Koniszewski stepped up and sank her fourth three-pointer of the game. The third-year Pioneer completed a perfect day (12-for- 12) at the free throw by hitting a pair that bumped SHU's ad- vantage to eight points with 25 second left. Koniszewski hit four more three-pointers in her next outing at Wagner. The native Virginian finished the 76-47 victory with 14 points, four assists and no turnovers to her credit.