February 27, 2013

Pioneers Battle Bulldogs Wednesday Evening

Full Game Notes

Setting the Scene... The Pioneers hope to clinch the No. 2 seed in the Northeast Conference Tournament Wednesday evening when the Sacred Heart Women's Basketball Team heads to Smithfield, R.I. to take on Bryant in the Chace Athletics Center in the make up game from Blizzard Nemo.

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 205-100 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 27-13, Fairleigh Dickinson 23-1, LIU Brooklyn 15-12, Monmouth 18-11, Mount St. Mary's 23-4, Quinnipiac 34-27, Robert Morris 19-7, Saint Francis U 15-8, St. Francis Brooklyn 21-9 and Wagner 19-8

Last Time Against the Bulldogs... At home against Bryant on January 28, senior Kiley Evans reached the 1,000 point career milestone as the Pioneers trounced the Bulldogs 62-44. Evans led the team with 26 points shooting 78.5% (11-14) from the field and 57.1% (4-7) from downtown. The Pioneers shot 42.9% from the three-point range while holding Bryant to no three-pointers in the game. Sacred Heart held Bryant to just 12 in the first half, the lowest since holding Siena to seven points on December,12, 2010.

Magic Number 22... Gabrielle Washington has the hot hand as of late. The sophomore currently leads the team averaging 16.6 points per game. The Mesa, Ariz. native has racked up 22 points in each of Sacred Heart's last three games. Monday night was her tenth 20-plus point performance of the season. The reigning Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year has reached double-digit scoring in all but two games this year.