SACRED HEART (3-10, 1-1 NEC) vs. FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON (4-11, 1-1 NEC)
GAME 14 * Fairfield, Conn. * Coach Bike Court at the William H. Pitt Center * 1:00 PM
Pioneers Helping Their Community... Click Here For More Information
Sacred Heart University Athletics is asking fans to help support the victims of the New Years Eve fire in Bridgeport during home games this weekend. The fire at an apartment complex left 100 people homeless.
Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim put out a plea for donations, asking for adult and children's clothing, food, pet food and toys to replace lost holiday gifts. Pioneer student-athletes and staff will deliver all donated items, while any monetary gifts will be submitted to the American Red Cross in Bridgeport. All fans that make a gift valued at $10 or greater will receive a thank you gift from SHU Athletics.
Inside the Series...
- This is the 29th meeting between the Pioneers and FDU
- Sacred Heart is a perfect 13-0 when playing against the Knights at home
- SHU's first of only three losses to FDU in program history came on Jan. 21, 2002 in Teaneck, N.J. where the Knights edged out the Pioneers 64-60. The Pioneers have dropped the regular-season finale to FDU the past two years on the road
- The teams have faced each other twice in the NEC Tournament, both times in the quarterfinal round. SHU took both matchups, winning 83-55 in 2006, and 62-58 in 2012. Both times
Scouting the Knights...
- FDU is coming off Wednesday night's 87-83 overtime loss to Columbia
- The Knights return reigning NEC Defensive Player of the Year Erika Livermore, and All-NEC second team selection Kelsey Cruz. The two currently lead the FDU offense averaging 16.3 and 17.7, fifth and third in the league individual standings, points per game respectively
- The Knights combine to be second in the league in blocks with 4.50 per game with four players ranking in the top 15 in the category. Livermore leads the way in third with 1.43 per game
Last Time They Met...
- Hannah Kimmel led the Pioneers with 18 points and 12 rebounds for her twevfth double-double of the season as the SHU dropped the season finale to Fairleigh Dickinson 84-75
- Gabrielle Washington opened the game with a triple, but FDU answered with five points on two buckets claiming a lead they would have for most of the first half. SHU evened the score three times before Kimmel earned the Pioneers a small advantage, 18-16.
- The lead was short-lived as Anastasia Williams laid one in igniting a 15-3 Knight run for a 10-point lead, 31-21. With 3:30 left in the half and SHU down 38-31, Alissa Tars landed a jumper in the paint kick-starting an eight-point streak culminating with Tykera Carter's fast break layup to put Sacred Heart back on top 39-38.
- The SHU offense was stopped in its tracks towards the end of the game as the Knights responded with seven unanswered points expanding their lead once again, 76-68. Shooting just 29.7% from the field in the second half, the Pioneers could never recover.
SHU Against the NEC...
- The Pioneers are 195-92 against Northeast Conference opponents all-time, and 183-70 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 (19-11) 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. FDU...
|Adaysha Williams (4-4)||11.75||2.75||4.5||37.25|
|Shelby Hickey (4-1)||4.0||2.75||0.25||15.25|
|Lerae Ettienne (5-3)||7.0||4.8||0.20||10.4|
|Hannah Kimmel (4-4)||10.0||6.75||1.25||27.0|
|Alissa Tarsi (5-0)||4.6||3.2||0.40||11.0|
Perfect for 400...
Lerae Ettienne recorded her 400th career point Monday night against the Red Flash. The senior was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor for 10 points, just enough to reach the milestone after entering the game owning 390 career points.
Finding Success on the Road...
After entering Monday's game 0-6 on the road, the 81-77 victory over Saint Francis U marks the Pioneers' first road win of the season, and SHU's first road win since topping Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg on February 16, 2015. The win also snapped SHU's three-game losing streak.
Since its opening in 1997, SHU women's hoops boasts a .7196winning percentage (205-81) when playing in the William H. Pitt Center. Coming into Saturday's matchup, SHU is a perfect 13-0 when hosting Fairleigh Dickinson. 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.
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. SHU repeated the feat Monday against the Red Flash totaling a season-best 18, with Shelby Hickey having a career-best six. The conference opener marked career-bests for Castro and Storck in the category.
Is 4 the Key?...
In two of their three wins this season, four Pioneers have reached double-digit scoring. In SHU's most recent win over Saint Francis U on Monday night Hannah Kimmel led the way with 25 points, while Alissa Tarsi recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Kelcey Castro totaled a personal-best 18 points, and Lerae Ettienne tallied 10.