Pioneers to Battle Red Flash in Semifinal of NEC Tournament
Setting the Scene... Wednesday night the No. 2 Sacred Heart Women's Basketball Team hosts the No. 4 Saint Francis U Red Flash in the semifinal round of the 2013 Northeast Conference Tournament presented by Ruby Tuesday's. In the first round, the Pioneers dominated St. Francis Brooklyn with stiffling defense, as they posted 20 steals and forced the Terriers to turn the ball over 32 times. The Red Flash squeezed out a 66-63 over No. 5 Central Connecticut state in the final minutes of the game.
Up Next... This winner of Wednesday's semifinal games will advance to the Northeast Conference Championship game on Sunday. The game will be hosted by the highest remaining seed.
Series Notes... This is the 24th time in program history the Pioneers have played Saint Francis University
- The only time the teams have faced each other in the Northeast Conference Tournament was in the title game in 2009 when the Pioneer took the 74-66 victory.
- The Pioneers lead the all-time series, 15-8
- All 23 meetings have been as Northeast Conference rivals
Dominating Defense... The Pioneers 26-point win over St. Francis Brooklyn in the quarterfinal round Sunday was mostly due to Sacred Heart's stifling defense. SHU recoreded 20 steals, while forcing the Terriers into 32 turnovers. What's more impressive is this was the the Pioneers' second 20-steal performance of the year (20 at Saint Francis U) and the 32 forced turnovers did not beat the season high when Sacred Heart forced Central Connecticut State into 34.
Swanson's Record... With the 64-38 win over St. Francis Brooklyn in the 2013 Northeast Conference Tournament quarterfinal on Sunday, Sacred Heart Head Coach Ed Swanson tied former Saint Francis U Head Coach Jenny Przekwas for the all-time Northeast Conference Tournament record of 16 wins.