SACRED HEART (11-11, 9-2 NEC) VS. LIU BROOKLYN (7-15, 5-6 NEC)
GAME 23 * Fairfield, Conn. * Coach Bike Court at the William H. Pitt Center * 7:00 PM
Inside the Series...
- With last Monday's win, the Pioneers now lead the all-time series 17-16. That win also evened the Division I series at 16 games each.SHU claimed the only Division II matchup in 1997
- One week ago, the Pioneers staged a second-quarter comeback to take the first meeting of the season 63-53
- 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 200
- 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...
- The Sacred Heart women's basketball team dominated the second quarter last Monday night, 21-9, staging the comeback that would lead the Pioneers to the 62-53 win over LIU Brooklyn 62-53 in the Steinberg Center
- After trailing 17-9 at the end of the first quarter, the Pioneers dominated the second outscoring LIU 21-9. The Blackbirds opened the second period with a triple, but Kimmel responded draining a three of her own kick starting the SHU offense. The Pioneers used the spark to go on a 10-2 spree that brought the Pioneers within three points of catching the Blackbirds, 22-19, with 6:43 remaining in the quarter. A minute later, Kimmel landed another trey knotting the score at 22 before Erin Storck gave SHU the go-ahead basket with 4:53 on the clock.
Scouting the Blackbirds...
- LIU Brooklyn comes into their second consecutive Monday matchup with the Pioneers riding the momentum of Saturday's 55-53 win over Mount St. Mary's
- 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)
Career Numbers vs. LIU Brooklyn...
|Adaysha Williams (5-5)||7.6||5.2||4.2||36.0|
|Shelby Hickey (5-0)||1.0||1.0||0.4||13.0|
|Lerae Ettienne (7-1)||1.0||3.85||0.0||17.0|
|Hannah Kimmel (5-5)||16.2||7.6||2.4||35.2|
|Alissa Tarsi (5-2)||8.6||4.2||0.4||21.6|
|Tykera Carter (2-1)||4.5||0.0||0.0||8.0|
|Kelcey Castro (1-1)||5.0||3.0||1.0||16.0|
|Erin Storck (1-0)||9.0||4.0||3.0||21.0|
Lerae Knocking 'em Down...Lerae Ettienne came in off the bench Saturday to contribute 14 points to the Pioneers 63-55 win over LIU Brooklyn. The senior did so in impressive fashion landing all six of her field goal attempts. This is the second time this season, Ettienne was perfect from the floor. In fact, this is the third time. In her first game of the season, after coming back from an injury, she went 2-2 against Coastal Carolina. Then, in SHU's first NEC win, Ettienne was a perfect 5-5 against Saint Francis U.
Not-So Manic Mondays...
After downing the Blackbirds last Monday, the Pioneers come into their second consecutive Monday matchup with LIU Brooklyn a perfect 4-0 when playing on Mondays.
Climbing the Ranks...
Tallying 18 points against the Terriers on Saturday, Hannah Kimmel moved into 14th place on the program's all-time leading scorers list now owning 1,126 career points. To take 13th, the RS-junior now needs 59 points to pass Elaine Agosti (1988-92) who totaled 1,185 during her time as a Pioneer.
Home is Where the Heart Wins...
The Pioners have always had success at home, and winning the first game of the current four-game home stand shows no sign of slowing down. Sacred Heart boasts a .718 winning percentage (209-82) 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.