SACRED HEART (1-7, 0-0 NEC) vs. BINGHAMTON (3-6, 0-0 America East)
GAME 9 * Fairfield, Conn. * William H. Pitt Center * 1:00 PM
Inside the Series...
- SHU leads the all-time series 4-2, and is currently on a four-game win streak against the Bearcats
- After losing both games of the 1998-99 Division I home-and-home seris, the Pioneers have won all four Division I matchups dating back to 2006
Last Time They Met...
- Then-freshman Kiley Evans (Class of 2013) poured in 24 points as the Pioneers shot a season-high 51.0% on the way to their fourth straight win, 67-59, on December 21, 2009
- SHU jumped out to a 13-4 lead forcing a pair of Binghamton timeouts before the 15 minute mark
- The Bearcats clawed their way back with a 7-1 spurt to get within 26-22 at the five-minute mark, but then-sophomore Callan Taylor (Class of 2012) and then-junior Alisa Apo (Class of 2011) pushed the Pioneer lead to 30-27 by the break
- Evans continued to have the hot hand in the second half, scoring eight of the Pioneers' first 15 points to start the stanza.
- SHU built its lead to 43-32 at 12:36
- With 4:30 to play, Sacred Heart held a 59-46 lead
- The Pioneer defense stood tall down the stretch, not allowing the Bearcats a field goal in the final 3:27 of the game
Scouting the Bearcats...
- Binghamton was picked ninth in the 2015-16 America East preseason poll after going 2-14 in conference play last season
- The Bearcats start the year short-handed after losing 2014-15 America East Rookie of the Year Jasmine Sina to a knee injury
- Binghamton's leading scorer, Alyssa James, poured in a career-high 33 points in Wedneday's 71-64 loss to Columbia
- James currently leads the team and is third in the America East with 17.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game
SHU Against the American East...
- SHU is 47-55 all-time agaisnt America East opponents
- Binghamton is the final of four America East teams Sacred Heart faces this season
- The Pioneers opened the season with a last-second 68-67 loss to Hartford, followed by an 81-69 loss to New Hampshire, and last week their comeback was cut short by the Vermont Catamounts in the 53-51 loss
- The Pioneers hold winning records over Albany (9-6), Binghamton (4-2), Maine (2-0), UMBC (6-2), and Stony Brook (11-5), while having losing records against Hartford (5-7), UMass Lowell (8-28), New Hampshire (1-2) and Vermont (1-2)
- Adaysha Williams reached two career milestones in in the last week. Dishing out four assists at Temple, she officially has 200 career assists, and with 10 points against Vermont, she reached 700 career points
- Hannah Kimmel is 27th in the country with 7.0 defensive rebounds per game
- Alissa Tarsi leads the Northeast Conference shooting .542 from the floor
Since its opening in 1997, SHU women's hoops boasts a .721 winning percentage (204-79) when playing in the William H. Pitt Center. While never posting a losing home record, the Pioneers' went undefeated at home twice in 2003-04 (14-0) and 2005-06 (15-0). SHU is 13-5 (.722) when hosting an NEC Tournament game, and have won all three titles on its home court.
Rough Road Trip...
The Pioneers return home Saturday after a 1-5 road trip. SHU picked up their first win of the season over the 21-day period, topping Coastal Carolina 71-62 in the first game of the San Juan Shootout snapping a three-game slide. Sacred Heart neared their second victory against LA-Lafayette the next day, but fell in overtime, the first of a four-game losing streak. The Pioneers shot .390 from the floor during the road trip, but just .278 from the three-point range. Twenty-plus turnover in the last three games of the spurt hurt the Pioneers, who totaled 125 in the six games.