Pioneers Look for Season Sweep of Wagner Saturday

Pioneers Look for Season Sweep of Wagner Saturday

SACRED HEART (7-10, 5-1 NEC) VS. WAGNER (2-15, 0-6 NEC)

GAME 18 * Staten Island, N.Y. * Spiro Sports Center * 1:00 PM

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Inside the Series...

  • This is the 32rd time in program history the Pioneers and Seahawks will face off
  • Earlier this season, Hannah Kimmel and Alissa Tarsi led the Pioneers to a 73-62 win over the Seahawks at home
  • Sacred Heart swept Wagner in 2014-15, and comes into Monday's game having won the last three contests against the Seahawks
  • The Pioneers are 13-1 against Wagner when playing at home in the William H. Pitt Center
  • The only time SHU and Wagner faced off in the Northeast Conference Tournament was in the Pioneers' debut season, in the 2000 championship game. The Seahawks took the NEC crown winning the game 64-63

Scouting the Seahawks...

  • Wagner comes into Saturday's contest still looking for its first Northeast Conference win of the season, and on a 10-game losing streak
  • Jasmine Nwagei, who currently leads the league in scoring, is third in the nation with 24.9 points per game, and ranks first and second among the DI ranks in field goal attempts (411) and field goals made (154) respectively
  • Nwagei is the only Seahawks averaging double-digit points, with the next closest being Tanasia Russell with 6.6
  • The Seahawks only wins of the season came during the non-conference slate over NJIT 76-53 and Lafayette 69-48

Last Time They Met...

  • Hannah Kimmel and Alissa Tarsi's double-doubles led the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a 73-62 victory over Wagner
  • Twenty-four points makes Kimmel one point shy of 1,000 career points. Along with 10 rebounds, the RS-junior recorded her sixth double-double of the season
  • Tarsi grabbed a personal best 15 rebounds en route to her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points
  • This is the first time the Pioneers have won three straight this season
  • In all four of their wins, four Pioneers have tallied double-digit points. In addition to Kimmel and Tarsi, Adaysha Williams  totaled 14 and Kelcey Castro scored 13
  • Wagner's Jasmine Nwagei led all players with 39 points
  • After both teams struggled to get their offenses going at the start of the game, Williams went two-for-two from the line igniting a 12-point Pioneer run over a three-minute span in the first quarter for a 14-2 lead with 3:56 remaining in the first quarter.


SHU Against the NEC...

  • The Pioneers are 199-92 against Northeast Conference opponents all-time, and 187-70 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. (29-16), Fairleigh Dickinson (26-3), Mount St. Mary's (26-5), Robert Morris (21-10), St. Francis Brooklyn (27-12), Saint Francis U (19-11) and Wagner (23-9). 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. Wagner...

Adaysha Williams (5-5) 14.8 5.4 2.4 33.6
Shelby Hickey (5-1) 2.8 2.0 0.4 14.6
Lerae Ettienne (6-2) 6.16 3.2 0.17 7.17
Hannah Kimmel (5-5) 18.0 10.0 0.6 30.0
Alissa Tarsi (5-1) 2.6 4.4 0.2 12.2
Kelcey Castro (1-1) 13.0 1.0 3.0 35.0


Extra Time...
For the first time in two years, the Pioneers competed in a double overtime game Monday night at Central Connecticut State. This was the first time in nearly 12 years that SHU was won a double-overtime game, with the last time being against former NEC foe Monmouth 99-94 on Feb. 26, 2004. The last time SHU went to double OT was in 2014's NEC quarterfinal matchup against Saint Francis U, where the Pioneers were eliminated after a heartbreaking 132-124 loss.

300 Boards...
With six and four rebounds respectively in Monday night's win over CCSU, Adaysha Williams and Lerae Ettienne eclipsed the 300 career rebound milestone.

Saturday afternoon, the Pioneers will be playing for their 200th win against Northeast Conference opponents. This could be the 200th in program history, as SHU has 187 wins against NEC foes during the Division I era.

Mannetti Gets Five...
For the first time in her time as a NCAA Division I head coach, Jessica Mannetti has led the Pioneers to a five-game winning streak with Monday night's double overtime win against Central Connecticut State. Up until that point, Mannetti coached the Pioneers to four four-game streaks before finally converting her fifth to a five game streak.