SACRED HEART (10-11, 8-2 NEC) VS. ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN (4-17, 1-9 NEC)
GAME 22 * Fairfield, Conn. * Coach Bike Court at the William H. Pitt Center * 1:00 PM
Inside the Series...
- This is the 39th meeting between the Pioneers and Terriers
- Earlier this season, SHU dominated SFBK for a 68-51 win
- The teams split the 2014-15 regular season, each winning on their home court, before St. Francis Brooklyn knocked SHU out of the NEC Tournament in the quarterfinals 77-59
- The Pioneers are 12-6 all-time when facing SFBK in Brooklyn, 12-2 since joining the Division I ranks
- The teams have now met twice in the NEC Tournament after last year's loss. Previously, the Pioneers moved onto the semifinal round with a quarterfinal 64-38 win over the Terriers in 2013
Scouting the Terriers...
- St. Francis Brooklyn comes into Saturday's game in the hunt for its second NEC win of the season. Currently 1-9 in conference play, the Terriers' only win came over the Blackbirds in the Battle for Brooklyn 71-51
- St. Francis Brooklyn graduated four members of the starting line up from the 2015 Northeast Conference Championship team. The only returner is Leah Fechko who is in the top two on the team in every category except blocks, leading the Terriers in scoring (15.1 ppg), rebounds (9.0 rpg), 3FG PCT (.302), assists (3.7/game), steals (2.9/game)
- Coming in on a three-game losing streak, St. Francis Brooklyn has just two road wins (half of its total wins), claiming victories at Vermont 59-55 and LIU Brooklyn 71-51
Last Time They Met...
- Hannah Kimmel etched her name in Sacred Heart women's basketball history becoming the 19th Pioneer to join the 1,000 career point club
- Kelcey Castro led the Pioneers to a 68-51 defeat of St. Francis Brooklyn with a career-best 19 points
- After a back-and-forth first half, Castro brought the Pioneer offense to life, scoring SHU's first eight points of the third quarter igniting a 14-3 SHU run to boost the Sacred Heart to a 50-32 lead that the Terriers could never recover from. SHU went on to outscore SFBK 21-11 in the period as the Pioneers held the Terriers to just one field goal for three points through the first 7:19 of the quarter
- St. Francis Brooklyn's Leah Fechko led all players, and was the only Terrier in double digits, with 24 points
- SHU shot a season-best .528 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)
Career Numbers Against the Terriers...
|Adaysha Williams (6-6)||11.3||2.3||3.67||33.0|
|Shelby Hickey (6-3)||3.67||1.0||1.16||20.83|
|Lerae Ettienne (9-2)||1.2||0.78||0.33||8.56|
|Hannah Kimmel (6-6)||14.83||6.33||1.16||31.83|
|Alissa Tarsi (9-2)||3.33||2.22||0.44||11.56|
|Tykera Carter (3-0)||2.33||0.67||0.33||5.67|
|Kelcey Castro (1-1)||19||3.0||3.0||33.0|
|Cleo Polyzou (1-0)||0.0||0.0||0.0||3.0|
|Erin Storck (1-0)||3.0||3.0||1.0||21.0|
|Danielle Durjan (1-0)||0.0||0.0||0.0||1.0|
Home is Where the Heart Wins...
Saturday's game against St. Francis Brooklyn opens a four-game homestand for the Pioneers. Despite losing its 200th game in the William H. Pitt Center to Bryant last Saturday, Sacred Heart boasts a .717 winning percentage (208-82) on its home court. While never posting a losing record at home since the building's opening in 1997, 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 floor.
A strong second-half team that has overcome five halftime deficits for wins, the Pioneers know how to hold onto a lead down the stretch. When leading with five minutes to play, Sacred Heart is 6-0 after expanding its lead late against the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds for Monday night's 62-53 win.
Winning Against the NEC...
Sacred Heart went into Monday's game against LIU Brooklyn with the all-time series even at 16 game a piece. At tip-off, the Blackbirds were the only team in the Northeast Conference the Pioneers did not have a winning record against. That all changed about 90 minutes later when SHU claimed the 62-53 victory, and once again owns winning records against all league foes.
Moving on Up...
Heading into Monday's matchup needing 16 points to tie for 16th place on SHU's all-time leading scorers list, Hannah Kimmel superseded the tie taking 16th all for herself with a team-leading 18 points against the Blackbirds. The RS-junior now owns 1,108 career points, and once again heads into her next game needing just one point to tie for 15th place.
In three out of four quarters of Monday's win over LIU Brooklyn, the Pioneers shot over 50% from the floor, with their high coming at 69.2% in their dominating second quarter. Overall, SHU was 49.0% from the field against the Blackbirds. Their sharp shooting not only led to their 10th win over the season, but the Pioneers now lead the league in field goal percentage.
Day Gets Eight...
In a game where she dished out a season-best seven assists, Adaysha Williams tallied three points, just enough to eclipse the 800 point career mark less than a month after clinching 700 career points. She begins the journey to 900 on Saturday needing 99.
Most Improved Player...
Alissa Tarsi's hard work in the off-season is evident every time she has taken the floor in 2015-16. After coming into the season having never recorded more than eight rebounds in a game, LIU Brooklyn marked the seventh time the senior pulled down double-digit rebounds. Thirteen boards Monday night bumped up her rebounding average to 7.7 per game making her the Pioneers' new rebounding leader. The win over the Blackbirds was also her fifth double-double of the season and her career as she led all players at the glass boards and totaled 15 points, her 13th game this season with double-digit points.