SACRED HEART (1-4, 0-0 NEC) vs. ST. JOHN'S (3-1, 0-0 Big East)
GAME 6 * Queens, N.Y. * Carnesecca Arena * 7:00 PM
Inside the Series...
- This is just the second meeting between Sacred Heart and St. John's
- The Red Storm opened 2013-14 with a 77-72 overtime victory against the Pioneers in Fairfield at the William H. Pitt Center
- St. John's was the first team Jessica Mannetti faced as the head coach of an NCAA Division I program
Scouting the Red Storm...
- St. John's comes into Thursday's contest on a four-game win streak. After falling to UCLA 73-58 in the season-opener, the Red Storm has rallied four wins against UC Irvine (85-63), Rutgers (69-62), Matist (61-47) and USF (74-70)
- Junior Forward Jade Walker ranks 11th in the nation with a 65.2 field goal percentage, while the team is 21st amongst the Division I ranks in the category
Last Time They Met...
- The Pioneers pushed St. John's to overtime in the 2013-14 season-opener, but fell to the Red Storm 77-72
- Then-junior Gabrielle Washington lit up the scoreboard with 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to open her All-NEC First Team campaign
- SHU took a brief 4-2 lead in the first half before St. John's reclaimed it, but remained close throughout the period only down one, 29-28, at the half
- The teams exchanged the lead in the second half, both trying to beat the other to the finish line, but the scoreboard read 64-64 when the buzzer sounded
- The score tied seven times in regulation
- The Red Storm snapped a 72-all tie with a five-point run in overtime to clinch the victory
For the first time since Feb. 9, 2015, last Saturday against Fairfield, two Pioneers recorded double-doubles in a game. For Alissa Tarsi her 17 points and 10 rebounds marked her first career double-double, but for Hannah Kimmel this was already her second of the season having 11 points and 10 rebounds. The two repeated the feat in Saturday's overtime loss to LA-Lafayette. Both players tallied a game-leading 18 points, while the RS-junior led the game with 11 rebounds, all defensive boards, and the senior pulled down 10. Kimmel is currently seventh in the country with four double-doubles, just two behind the nation's leaders.
While the Pioneers topped LA-Lafayette in nearly every category Saturday, it was the turnover column that made all the difference. Despite grabbing 52 rebounds to the Ragin' Cajans' 46 and shooting over 10% better than the opponent, the Pioneers committed 28 turnovers to Louisiana's seven.
Cleaning up the Boards...
Sacred Heart eclipsed 50 rebounds on Saturday pulling down 52 boards. Hannah Kimmel and Alissa Tarsi accounted for nearly half of that total, combining for 21.