Women's Hoops Looks for First Win Against New Hampshire Wednesday Night

Women's Hoops Looks for First Win Against New Hampshire Wednesday Night

SACRED HEART (0-1, 0-0 NEC) VS NEW HAMPSHIRE (0-2, 0-0 America East)

GAME 2 * Fairfield, Conn. * Coach Bike Court * 7:00 PM

Live Stats and Video

Full Game Notes

Inside the Series...

  • The teams have only met twice in program history, and have not competed against each other in nearly 13 years
  • New Hampshire dominated the Pioneers in their first meeting, 75-45, on December 29, 2001, but the following year at home a 64-57 win over the Wildcats to close out the non-conference slate send SHU into NEC play on a high notes
  • Poor shooting did the Pioneers in in the first-ever meeting, as SHU only shot 24.6% (14-57) from the floor, while UNH landed 45.6% of its shots. Brooke Kelly led Sacred Heart with 13 points

Last Time They Met...

  • New Hampshire held a slight lead, 32-30, going into halftime, but a 34-point second-half surge for the Pioneers led SHU to the 64-57 victory on January 5, 2003
  • With SHU down 42-40, Brooke Rutnik landed a jumper to tie the game and spark a 12-1 Pioneer run giving Sacred Heart the lead it would never again relinquish
  • SHU's Ashley Drumer tied for a game-leading 15 points shooting 33.3% from the floor (4-12)
  • Both teams spread the offense around with four players reaching double-digit scoring

Scouting the Wildcats...

  • New Hampshire started the season red hot with two wins, topping Colby-Sawyer 72-41 in the home opener before defeating Dartmouth 61-57 on the road
  • Sophomore Charlie Poque is making the difference in the paint. The center is currently tied for with a team-best 13.0 ppg, but the number that stands out is that she has only missed once this season shooting .923 (12-for-13) from the floor
  • The Wildcats return 2015 First-Team All-Conference selection Elizabeth Belanger, who was third in the league in 2014-15 with 15.9 ppg, for her senior season, and All-Rookie Team member Charlie Pogue
  • UNH lost their star defender and All-Defensive Team honoree Kaylee Kilpatrick, and Third-Team All-Conference selection Ariel Gaston to graduation in the spring

Seeing Double...
Sunday afternoon, RS-junior Hannah Kimmel recorded her first double-double of the season tallying a game-high 21 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Throughout the 2014-15 season, Kimmel recorded 12 double-doubles, the most by a Pioneer since Callan Taylor's 15 in 2011-12

Merely Freshmen...
A pair of fresh faces hit the court for the Pioneers in Sunday's season opener. Cleo Polyzou and Erin Storck each tallied three points in their collegiate debuts. Polyzou added four rebounds and a steal ot her line, while Storck's strong defensive skills were evident as she recorded two steals big steals and two defensive rebounds, along with three assists.

In a game that saw mostly back-and-forth action, the longest streak for either team was just nine points. With 6:23 remaining in the third quarter, Hannah Kimmel landed the first of SHU's three straight triples. Shelby Hickey added one moments later before the rookie Erin Storck landed hers for her first collegiate points.

Time Is Running Out...
With the Pioneers down 68-64 with four seconds in the game, Head Coach Jessica Mannetti called a timeout after a pair of Deanna Mayza free throws to draw up the ellusive four-point play. Getting the ball at midcourt with minimal time to make something happen, junior Adaysha Williams took a step behind the arc and launched a shot at the buzzer. Like five of her seven other shots, the triple went in, but the Pioneers were still one point shy of sending the game into overtime.

Shooting Star...
It seemed like Adaysha Williams couldn't miss in Sunday's loss to Hartford. The junior shot .750 from the floor knocking down six of eight field goals, and going 3-for-4 from beyong the arc. While the Pioneers shot just 50% from the charity stripe, Williams landed both her shots going 2-for-2.

On the Line...
Sacred Heart struggled at the foul line on Sunday, and in a game decided by just one point, it made all the difference. SHU shot just 50% (8-16) as a team from the charity stripe. Adaysha Williams was the only Pioneer to not miss one of her chances going 2-for-2.

SHU After Losing the Opener...
Sunday marks the ninth time in the program's Division I era that SHU has lost the season opener. In each of those eight past seasons, the Pioners have gone on to winning records, including 2008-09 when they lost the first five, but posted a 25-8 overall record, and an undefeated conference slate by the end of the year, and captured their second NEC crown.