SACRED HEART (2-10, 0-1 NEC) vs. SAINT FRANCIS U (3-9, 1-0 NEC)
GAME 13 * Loretto, Pa. * DeGol Arena * 7:30 PM
Inside the Series...
- This is the 30th meeting between SHU and SFU. The Pioneers lead the all-time series 18-11
- The Pioneers swept Saint Francis U in 2014-15 winning 82-77 at home before traveling to Loretto for a high-scoring affair a week later when they topped the Red Flash 101-90
- All contests have come as Division I Northeast Conference foes
- The Pioneers and Red Flash have met three times in the Northeast Conference Tournament. Last year, the Pioneers and Red Flash duked it out in a double-overtime NEC quarterfinal battle. Once again, Sacred Heart lost the battle in record-breaking fashion, 132- 124
Scouting the Red Flash...
- Saint Francis entered the NEC play after a 2-9 non-conference slate, with wins over Coastal Carolina (106-74) and West Virginia State (84-78)
- The Red Flash leads the league averaging 74.3 points per game, 4.91 blocks and 15.27 assists per game, and is second with a .331 three point field goal percentage and rebounding offense with 39.9 per game
- Rookie Jessica Kovatch leads the NEC averaging 22.5 points per game, and Katie Reese leads the conference with 4.55 assists per game
Last Time They Met...
- Hannah Kimmel's 26 point, 23 rebound performance highlighted 6 Pioneers scoring in double figures, as SHU women's held off rallying Saint Francis U, 101-90. The 23 rebounds were two shy of a school record and are tied for third most in school history, and is also the first 20 plus rebounding performance for SHU since Jasmine Walker had 20 on December 29, 2005.
- Aisha Brock hit her third straight consecutive three pointer to get the Red Flash within four for the first time since the 2:16 mark of the first half. The Pioneers answered with two consecutive baskets by Lerae Ettienne and Williams over the next thirty seconds to push the advantage back to 8, and SFU would not get closer than 6 the remainder of the game.
SHU Against the NEC...
- The Pioneers are 195-91 against Northeast Conference opponents all-time, and 182-70 during the Division I era
- Sacred Heart has winning records against all but one league foe, posting winning records against Bryant (13-9), Central Conn. St. (28-16), Fairleigh Dickinson (25-3), Mount St. Mary's (26-5), Robert Morris (21-10), St. Francis Brooklyn (26-12), Saint Francis U (18-11) and Wagner (22-9). It's only losing record comes against LIU Brooklyn (15-16)
- SHU is the only team to make the NEC Tournament every year while a member of the league dating back to the 1999-00 season
Career Numbers vs. SFU...
Name (GP-GS) PPG RPG APG MPG
Adaysha Williams (5-5) 15.4 4.0 4.2 33.6
Shelby Hickey (5-0) 6.4 1.8 0.8 16.6
Lerae Ettienne (8-1) 5.4 4.6 0.25 12.87
Hannah Kimmel (5-5) 17.2 18.8 1.6 33.6
Alissa Tarsi (5-1) 2.2 1.2 0 9.4
Dishing 'em Out...
For the first time this season, the Pioneers recorded 15 or more assists against Robert Morris on Saturday, tallying 16 against the Colonials. Adaysha Williams, Kelcey Castro and Erin Storck accounted for four assists each. The conference opener marked career-bests for Castro and Storck in the category.
Off the Bench...
In four of their last five games, the Pioneer bench has outscored, or was equal to, the opponent's bench. Saturday, the five players that came in off the SHU bench, led by Lerae Ettienne's 10 points, outscored the nine that came in for the Colonials 18-15. Sacred Heart's bench has outscored opponents' a total of four times this season.
On the Road Again...
The Pioneers are still looking for their firsts road win of the season falling to 0-6 in 2015-16 when playing in the opponent's house. SHU's only win away from the William H. Pitt Center was against LA-Lafayette in a neutral game at the San Juan Shootout.