December 2, 2013

Pioneers Host Iona Tuesday

SACRED HEART (2-3) vs. Iona (4-2)

GAME 6 * Fairfield, Conn. * William H. Pitt Center * 7:00 PM*

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Setting the Scene... Iona comes into Tuesday's game riding the momentum of a three-game winning streak, while the Sacred Heart women's basketball team is looking to rebound from last Tuesday's 58-53 loss to Siena. Junior Katie Shepard had a career game in the defeat putting 10 points on the board, along with other career-highs of five rebounds and three field goals.

Series Notes... Iona leads the all-time series 2-5. Their first five meetings came in the Division II era. The Pioneers only managed to take one of those contests and dropped four to the Gaels including the 1979 EAIAW Northeast District Championship. Each team has collected a win since joining the Division I ranks. Sacred Heart squeezed out the 79-78 victory at Iona in their last meeting on December 17. 2005. 

SHU Against MAAC... Sacred Heart is 20-23 all-time against MAAC opponents

- The Pioneers went 3-0 last year against the MAAC with wins over Saint Peter's (79-34), Manhattan (55-38) and Siena (61-60)
- The only MAAC teams Sacred Heart has a winning record against are Rider, Saint Peter's and Siena
- SHU has faced Manhattan (2-3), Fairfield (5-9), Iona (2-5), Rider (2-0), Saint Peter's (6-4), and Siena (3-2). They have not played against Canisus, Loyola, Marist or Niagara. 

The Head Coaches...  Jessica Mannetti is in her first season as a collegiate head coach when the Pioneers tip-off in 2013-14. She comes to Sacred Heart after spending the past four seasons as an assistant coach at Hofstra University on Krista Kilburn-Steveskey's staff.  While at Hofstra, Mannetti helped guide the Pride to a 72-55 record as well as a pair of appearances in the WNIT... Iona College announced the appointment of Billi Godsey as the seventh head coach of the women's basketball program in May of 2012. Godsey spent the previous two seasons as an assistant at Virginia Tech. Prior to Tech, Godsey served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UMBC for three seasons. During the 2010-11 campaign, the Retrievers finished 20-12 earning the America East regular season championship and a berth into the Women's NIT.

Up Next... The Pioneers will compete in the ASU Classic at Arizona State this weekend. On Saturday at 11:30 a.m. GMT, Sacred Heart will face the Sun Devils. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. GMT they will play Long Beach State or Harvard.