SACRED HEART (9-11, 7-2 NEC) VS. LIU BROOKLYN (6-14, 4-5 NEC)
GAME 21 * Brooklyn, N.Y. * Steinberg Wellness Center * 7:00 PM
Inside the Series...
- LIU Brooklyn is the only team in the Northeast Conference that the Pioneers do not hold a winning record against, as the all-time series is even at 16 wins a piece. 2014-15 was just the most recent of seven straight regular seasons that the teams have split 1-1
- The Blackbirds own the Division I series 15-16, while SHU claimed the only Division II matchup in 1997
- Both meetings between the teams last year went to overtime with each team coming out with the win on its home court
- The teams have faced each other four times in the Northeast Conference Tournament including three straight battles in 2002, 2003 and 2004
- After LIU knocked out Sacred Heart in the semifinals in 2002 73-56 and in the quarterfinal in 2003 51-48, the Pioneers prevailed with an identical score a year later, and ran over the Blackbirds 64-50 en route to the Pioneers' first ever NEC title in 2006
Last Time They Met...
- For the second time last season, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team faced LIU Brooklyn in an overtime battle. This time, behind four players' double-digit scoring performances, the Pioneers were victorious using 16 overtime points to claim the 78-71 win over the Blackbirds on Senior Day. Hannah Kimmel led the way with her eleventh double-double of the season totaling 24 points with 10 rebounds
- Hanging close, the Blackbirds were able to come back knotting the score at 62 with 1:15 left in the game. The score remained there until the end of regulation sending the game into overtime
- The teams exchanged points throughout the first three minutes of the overtime period before Washington, who tallied 15 points, and Kimmel combined for a six-point run giving Sacred Heart a 72-67 lead with 1:18 left to play. The duo combined for all 16 of SHU's overtime points with Kimmel's 10 points and the team combining to shoot 62.5% from the floor in overtime, the Pioneers maintained their lead to the buzzer
- With 12 points and eight assists, Shepard just missed her second career double-double, while Ettienne also flirted with on with eight points and seven rebounds.
Scouting the Blackbirds...
- The Blackbirds went through a personnel change over the off-season welcoming new Head Coach Stephanie Oliver, who spent the past two season as the top assistant at Seton Hall
- LIU Brooklyn came into 2015-16 having lost their two All-NEC selections in Sophie Bhasin (second team) and Letava Whippy (defensive team)
- Oliver's Blackbirds know how to stop the three-point game, leading the league by holding opponents to a .286 3FG percentage
- Junior guard Shanovia Dove leads the Blackbirds' offense and is tenth in the league averaging 12.6 points per game
Career Numbers Against the Blackbirds...
|Adaysha Williams (4-4)||8.75||4.25||4.5||37.0|
|Shelby Hickey (4-0)||0.5||0.75||1.0||10.0|
|Lerae Ettienne (6-1)||6.33||4.33||0||19.33|
|Hannah Kimmel (4-4)||15.75||9.0||1.5||34.25|
|Alissa Tarsi (4-1)||2.75||2.0||0||8.25|
|Tykera Carter (1-0)||0||0||0||0|
On the Road Again...
After being home for just two games, the Pioneers will take to the road once again Monday night heading to Brooklyn to face the Blackbirds. Heading into Monday's contest, SHU is 4-6 in away games. Sacred Heart has won its last four road games (Wagner 77-73, Central Conn. State 61-57 OT, St. Francis Brooklyn 68-51, Saint Francis U 81-77) after opening the season 0-6 when playing in the opponent's gym.
The Pioneers saw their win streak halted at seven games at the hands of the Bryant Bulldogs Saturday. This was the longest winning streak in Jessica Mannetti's career as a head coach. This also marked the first time since 2012-13 that SHU has won more than five straight games. That season, Sacred Heart clinched nine consecutive victories over a month long span.
Studying the Streak...
Through SHU's seven game winning streak, SHU:
- Never scored less than 61 points
- Had three games with double-digit steals (11 vs. Saint Francis U, 10 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson and St. Francis Brooklyn)
- Did not shoot under .375 from the field, and shot a season high .528 against St. Francis Brooklyn
- Recorded 10 or more assists in the first six games with a season high of 19 coming against the Terriers
- Lit up the scoreboard with a season best 81 points for the win over the Red Flash, which included season highs with 23 points in the second and third quarters
- Posted its largest and smallest margins of victory defeating St. Francis Brooklyn by 17 points and edged out Mount St. Mary's by just three points
Despite owning a .717 winning percentage since the building's opening in 1997, the Pioneers lost their 200th game in the William H. Pitt Center Sunday afternoon to the Bryant Bulldogs 61-58.
My Day Monday...
The Pioneers come into their matchup with the Blackbirds undefeated when playing on Mondays this season, 3-0.