SACRED HEART (8-10, 6-1 NEC) VS. MOUNT ST. MARY'S (4-14, 2-5 NEC)
GAME 19 * Fairfield, Conn. * William H. Pitt Center * 7:00 PM
Inside the Series...
- All matchups have come as Division I Northeast Conference opponents
- The Pioneers swept Mount St. Mary's last season, first winning 71-64 at home in overtime, and clinching a 66-60 victory on the road
- Before 2013-14's 76-63 loss, the Pioneers were a perfect 14-0 at home against the Mountaineers, and come into Tuesday's game 15-1 when hosting Mount St. Mary's
- SHU is 2-1 when facing the Mount in the NEC Tournament. MSM knocked the Pioneers out of the 2001 semis, 50-45, before SHU advanced in 2005 and 2009 topping the Mount 76-56 and 73-59 respectively
Scouting the Mount...
- Mount St. Mary's comes into Tuesday's game on a four game losing streak having most recently lost to Fairleigh Dickinson 66-53 Sunday afternon
- The Mountaineers play a tight defense and are second in the league holding opponents to 62.7 points per game and a .390 field goal percentage
- Mount's leading scorer, and only Mountaineer to average double-digits, Alexis Carter is 11th in the league with 12.4 points per game. Jessica Harris, who averages 9.7 ppg is the only other Mountaineer in the NEC's Top 25 scorers
Last Time They Met...
- Now-graduated Katie Shepard and in her first RS-Jr. year Hannah Kimmel's double-doubles led the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a narrow victory over Mount St. Mary's 66-60 last February on the road
- The Pioneers chipped away at MSM's lead and with 1:49 remaining in the first half, Shepard landed a jumper in the paint to bring SHU within one of catching the Mount, 30-29. With less than a minute on the clock, Brewer hit a trey extending Mount St. Mary's lead, but getting the ball off of Gabrielle Washington's rebound, Shepard sprinted down the court pulling up at the arch to knock down a triple at buzzer sending Sacred Heart into the locker room at halftime down just one point 33-32
- The teams went back to exchanging baskets with the score tying at 41 and Mount taking a short lead 43-41 before Washington, Kimmel and Shepard combined for six points and a 45-41 lead. Mount St. Mary's narrowed SHU's lead to two points, 52-50, but two big defensive stops by Katherine Haines lit a fire under the Pioneers who extended SHU's lead to 56-50 behind baskets from Kimmel and Shepard. The Pioneers continued to extend their lead as the clock wound down
Career Numbers vs. The Mount...
|Adaysha Williams (4-4)||9.75||3.5||2.25||35.0|
|Shelby Hickey (4-0)||0.5||0.5||0.5||14.5|
|Lerae Ettienne (4-2)||4.5||3.0||0.25||17.75|
|Hannah Kimmel (3-3)||15.3||9.3||2.3||36.67|
|Alissa Tarsi (4-0)||2.0||0.5||0.0||8.0|
Castro's On Fire...
Kelcey Castro has tallied double-digit points in each game of SHU's current six-game win streak after only doing it three times through the first 12 games of the season. The senior totaled a then-personal best 18 points against Saint Francis U, then outdid herself with 19 against St. Francis Brooklyn. This past Sunday, she topped herself again with a team-leading 24 points, leading SHU's second-half comeback for a win over Wagner shooting 44.4% (4-9) from the floor and 50.0% (4-8) from downtown, but scored half of her points from the charity stripe going 12-14.
SHU's Hot Streak...
For the first time in her time as a NCAA Division I head coach, Jessica Mannetti has led the Pioneers to a six-game winning streak with Sunday afternoon's 77-73 win over Wagner. The previous win, when the Pioneers downed Central Connecticut State 61-57 in double-overtime, marked Mannetti's first career five-game win streak. Up until that point, Mannetti coached the Pioneers to four four-game streaks before finally converting her fifth to a five game streak. This is the first time since the 2012-13 season that the Pioneers have won more than five straight. That year, SHU clinched nine consecutive victories over a month long span.
In six of their eight wins this season, four Pioneers have reached double-digit scoring. In SHU's most recent win over Wagner on Sunday Kelcey Castro tallied a team-lead, and personal best, 24 points, while Hannah Kimmel had 15, Erin Stock posted a career-high 11 and Lerae Ettienne tallied 10. In the first five instances, it has been at least three members of the starting lineup to reach double-digits.
Coming in Off the Bench...
The Pioneer bench scored a season high 26 points against Wagner, outscoring the Seahawks' bench by 20 points, accounting for 33.7% of Sacred Heart's offense. Erin Storck and Lerae Ettienne led the way combining for 21. The rookie put a career-high 11 points on the board, while Ettienne totaled 10.
Sunday's 77-73 win over Wagner was the program's 200th all-time win over current Northeast Conference opponents, and its 217th overall NEC win