SACRED HEART (6-10, 4-1 NEC) VS. CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE (5-11, 2-3 NEC)
GAME 17 * New Britain, CT * Detrick Gymnasium * 7:00 PM
Inside the Series...
- This is the 45th meeting between the in-state rivals with SHU leading both the overall (28-16) and Division I only series (24-9)
- The Pioneers come into Monday's matchup having dropped the last three contests against the Blue Devils
- Central Conn. State knocked SHU out of the Northeast Conference Tournament in the quarterfinal round in consecutive years: 63-51 in 2010 and 54-49 in 2011
Last Time They Met...
- Trailing by ten at the half, the Sacred Heart University women's basketball team came back to tie the game and even take the lead momentarily, but could not hold and eventually fell to Central Connecticut State, 70-58
- Despite the loss, SHU still clinched its 16th straight postseason bid due to other results in the conference
- Then-senior Gabrielle Washington led three Pioneers in double figures with 16, 11 of which came in the first half
- Down 35-25 at the break, Sacred Heart used a 19-8 run out of the locker room, ended by an 11-1 flurry, to ultimately take its first lead since the 14:50 mark of the first half. Adaysha Williams led the charge with a three point play, and after five Hannah Kimmel points and two Katie Shepard free throws, Washington's jumper with 11:09 remaining give SHU the 44-43 advantage.
- The Pioneers would go scoreless for the next 3:57 though, and the Blue Devils took advantage with 12 straight to ultimately seal the victory.
- The Pioneers could not overcome 36.0 percent shooting (18-50) and 18 turnovers. They also only shot 23.8 percent (5-21) from deep and 60.7 percent (17-28) from the charity stripe.
Scouting the Blue Devils...
- The 2015 Regular Season Champion Central Conn. State opened the 2015-16 campaign going 3-8 during the non-conference slate
- The Blue Devils are currently 3-2 when playing at home in the Detrick Gymnasium. All three wins came against non-conference opponents
- CCSU returned 2015 All-NEC Second Team honoree TeJahne Malone, who currently leads the Blue Devils with 7.1 rebounds per game and a .510 field goal percentage, and NEC All-Rookie selection Camden Musgrave for the 2015-16 season. The duo lead the Blue Devil offense with the sophomore averaging 11.1 points per game and the senior averaging 8.9
Career Numbers vs. CCSU...
|Adaysha Williams (4-4)||9.25||5.5||2.5||32.5|
|Shelby Hickey (4-0)||2.75||2.0||0.0||16.0|
|Lerae Ettienne (6-1)||7.67||5.16||0.5||12.83|
|Hannah Kimmel (4-4)||13.0||6.25||1.25||32.0|
|Alissa Tarsi (4-1)||2.25||1.75||0.5||11.5|
Joining an Exclusive Club...
Less than a month after scoring her 900th career point at Penn State, Hannah Kimmel went into Saturday's game needing just one-point to join the 1,000 career point club. Landing a jumper for the game's first field goal, the RS-junior became the 19th Pioneer in program history to eclipse the milestone. With 17 points Saturday afternoon, Kimmel remains in 19th place on the Pioneers' all-time leading scorers list with 1,016 points, and needs 15 more to pass Leslie Newhard (1998-2002) and more up one spot.
Sacred Heart posted its highest field goal percentage of the season Saturday shooting .528 (28-53) from the floor. This is the first time this season the Pioneers have shot over 50%, just one day shy of a year since the last time (Jan. 17, 2015 against Saint Francis U). The win over St. Francis Brooklyn also marked Sacred Heart's highest percentages from downtown, as they 10-for-21 from deep. This was the second time this season SHU tallied 10 three-pointers, with senior Kelcey Castro being responsible for half of those.
Going for Five...
SHU goes into Monday's contest carrying a four-game win streak. The Pioneers have not been able to convert a four-game streak to five games since the 2012-13 season. As a head coach, Jessica Mannetti has never had a five-game win streak, despite this being her fourth four-game run. She led the Pioneers to two different four-game streaks in her first season (2013-14), and one last year.
Castro with the Hot Hand...
Kelcey Castro has tallied double-digit points in each game of SHU's current four-game win streak after only doing it three times through the first 12 games of the season. In the Pioneers' 81-77 victory of Saint Francis U, the senior totaled a personal best 18 points shooting 45.5% (5-11) from the floor nailing three triples. A week later at St. Francis Brooklyn, she topped herself leading the Pioneers with 19 points contributing to SHU's season-high field goal percentage by shooting 63.3% (7-11) from the floor and 55.5% (5-9) from deep.
In five of their six wins this season, four Pioneers have reached double-digit scoring. In SHU's most recent win over St Francis Brooklyn on Saturday Kelcey Castro tallied a team-lead, and personal best, 19 points, while Hannah Kimmel had 17, Alissa Tarsi totaled 12, and Adaysha Williams 11. In all five instances, it has been at least three members of the starting lineup to reach double-digits. The only game where someone came off the bench to contribute 10 or more points, was Lerae Ettienne's 10 against Saint Francis U.