SACRED HEART (0-2, 0-0 NEC) vs. FAIRFIELD (2-0, 0-0 MAAC)
GAME 3 * Bridgeport, Conn. * Webster Bank Arena * 5:00 PM
Crosstown Classic: Rivalry Renewed...
For the first time since 2009, the Pioneers take on the Fairfield Stags on Saturday in a women's-men's doubleheader at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. This is the fourth Division I meeting between the two, but just the second at the Arena. This is the first of three consecutive years in which the two will face off for Fairfield bragging rights.
Inside the Series...
- Fairfield leads the all-time series 9-5
- They have only met three times in the Pioneers' 15 Division I years, in which the Stags took the first two games, but SHU snagged the most recent meeting in 2009 71-52
- All Division I games between these crosstown rivals have taken place at Fairfield. The first two took place at Alumni Hall, and the most recent at the Webster Bank Arena--then the Arena at Harbor Yard
- As Division II opponents, Sacred Heart claimed four victories over Fairfield, while the Stags won seven
Scouting the Stags...
- The Stags come into Saturday's match-up after winning the first two games of the season. After a narrow 62-59 victory over La Salle in the home opener, Fairfield dominated Loyola (Md.) 71-45 on the road Wednesday
- Fairfield currently has four players averaging double-figures after two games with Kelsey Carey leading the way with 19.5 points per game
- Fairfield currently leads the MAAC in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 52 points per game, scoring margin, averaging 14.5 points per game more than their foes, and rebounding defense with 36.5 defensive rebounds per game
Last Time They Met...
- Thanks to 24 points from Maggie Cosgrove and 20 points from Alisa Apo, SHU downed Fairfield 71-52
- The Pioneers trailed just once 2-0 after the opening tip, using blazing hot first-half shooting (51.7%, 15-29), including hitting six of 10 from three behing the hot hand of Cosgrove, to build a 17-point lead by halftime thanks to a 16-7 run
- Apo notched 11 of her 20 points in the second half
- SHU's lead dipped below double-digits just once in the latter half as the Stags used an 8-0 spurt to pull withing 47-38
- Fairfield's Stephanie Geehan nearly had a triple-double scoring 10 points wth 10 rebounds and a school record nine blocked shots
History of 0-2...
Prior to this year, since rising to the Division I ranks, the Pioneers have had four seasons in which they opened 0-2. Each ended in a winning season:
|Season||Opening Streak||Final Record|
|2008-09||Lost 5||25-8 (NEC Champions)|
The Pioneers were red hot from the three-point range on Wednesday knocking down 10 triples for the first time since the 2014-15 regular-season finale against Fairleigh Dickinson. Adaysha Williams and Kelcey Castro led the way with three downtown buckets each. Williams went .750 (3-4) from beyond the arc, while Castro shot .500 (3-6) bringing SHU up to a .417 three-point field goal shooting percentage.
Three members of the Pioneer rookie class have hit the court in the first two games of the season. The first two off the bench in both games have been first-years Cleo Polyzou and Erin Storck. Storck's strong defensive skills have been evident as she has tallied seven rebounds, two steals and one block so far this season. Greece native Polyzou has recorded six points and six rebounds over two games, while Danielle Durjan saw her first game action Wednesday against New Hampshire. The 5-8 shooting guard landed the first shot of her collegiate career late in the game, adding three points to the Pioneers' total.
Give It Away...
In two games, SHU has been called for 24 personal fouls sending its opponent to the charity stripe for 47 shots. Hartford's 11 made free throws made up the difference in the 68-67 loss, as did New Hampshire's 20 in the 81-69 loss. Meanwhile, the Pioneers have not been taking advantage of the same oportunities shooting just .558 (18-34) from the line in two games.