Pioneers Welcome In-State Rival Central Connecticut on Pink Day

Pioneers Welcome In-State Rival Central Connecticut on Pink Day

SACRED HEART (12-11, 10-2 NEC) VS. Central Connecticut (9-14, 6-6 NEC)

GAME 24 * Fairfield, Conn. * Coach Bike Court at the William H. Pitt Center * 1:00 PM

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Inside the Series...

  • This is the 45th meeting between the in-state rivals with SHU leading both the overall (29-16) and Division I only series (24-9)
  • The Pioneers entered the season having lost the previous three contests to the Blue Devils, but persevered in January, outlasting CCSU for the 61-57 double-overtime win
  • Central Conn. State knocked SHU out of the Northeast Conference Tournament in the quarterfinal round in consecutive years: 63-51 in 2010 and 54-49 in 2011

Last Time They Met...

  • The Sacred Heart women's basketball team staged a fourth-quarter comeback leading to a double-overtime win over Central Connecticut State, 61-57
  • Hannah Kimmel led the game with her seventh double-double of the year totaling 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds
  • The Pioneers held CCSU scoreless for the final 5:46 of the fourth period while going on a 10-point hot streak.  Getting the ball back on a jump ball call, Kimmel found Shelby Hickey on the inbound, banking in the shot the junior evened the score at 48 with just 47 seconds left. The score held there until the final buzzer sending the game into overtime
  • Kelcey Castro accounted for all five of SHU's points in the first overtime period. With the final seconds ticking away and SHU up by three, Aleah Epps threw up a deep triple, sinking it to send the game into a second overtime period
  • This time the Blue Devils struck first with a pair of foul shots from TeJahne Malone, but Alissa Tarsi and Kimmel combined for four points tipping the score back in favor of the Pioneers, 57-55. The teams went back-and-forth with CCSU down four getting the ball back with just nine seconds to play, but were unable to convert it to points


Scouting the Blue Devils...

  • CCSU is 4-2 since the Pioneers last saw them, clinching conference wins over Saint Francis U (66-51), Robert Morris (48-39), St. Francis Brooklyn (65-61) and completing the season sweep of the Red Flash on the road 79-59
  • The Blue Devils are 3-10 this season when playing on the road. All three wins have come against NEC opponents as CCSU is an even 3-3 in conference foes' gyms
  • The 2015 Regular Season Champion Central Conn. State opened the 2015-16 campaign going 3-8 during the non-conference slate

Career Numbers vs. CCSU...

Adaysha Williams (5-5) 12.6 5.6 2.2 30.8
Shelby Hickey (5-1) 3.0 3.2 0.6 19.4
Lerae Ettienne (7-1) 1.8 2.42 0.42 12.8
Hannah Kimmel (5-5) 14.6 7.2 1.8 35.6
Alissa Tarsi (5-2) 5.0 2.6 0.4 16.6
Tykera Carter (2-0) 5.5 0.5 0.5 12.0
Kelcey Castro (1-1) 15 6 4 42
Erin Storck (1-0) 0 1 2 19


Red Hot Pioneers...
Completing the season sweeps of both St. Francis Brooklyn and LIU Brooklyn last weekend, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team has now won 10 of its last 11 games.


Dominating Defense...
The Sacred Heart defense was in full force Monday night against LIU Brooklyn. The Pioneers held the Blackbirds to just 47 points on 13 field goals, both season-lows for SHU opponents. LIU also shot just .224 from the field, another low for an opponent.


Checking off Milestones...
A trio of Pioneers eclipsed career milestones on Monday night. The team's leading rebounded Hannah Kimmel pulled down 10 against the Blackbirds crossing the 600 career rebound threshold. Senior Alissa Tarsi, who's hard work during the off-season is evident on the court this year as she is second on the squad with 11.7 points per game, tallied 16 Monday boosting her career total above 500 after reaching 400 less than a month before against Fairleigh Dickinson. Shelby Hickey came off the bench that night pulling down five rebounds eclipsing 200 career rebounds.


Breaking out the Broom...
This past weekend, with the 63-55 win over St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday and the 71-47 rout of LIU Brooklyn Monday night, the Pioneers completed their first two regular season sweeps of 2015-16.


Winning Big...
Monday night's 71-47 win was the Pioneers' largest win of the season. It also marked the program's first 20-plus point win since downing Big East member Villanova 72-49 on December 20, 2014.


Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week...
Hannah Kimmel's back-to-back double-doubles spearheaded Sacred Heart moving into a tie for first place earning her this week's Choice Hotels NEC Co-Player of the Week award. Kimmel averaged 18.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per contest last week. Kimmel led all scorers in both of Sacred Heart's victories. The small forward was a factor from downtown, connecting at 46.7 percent clip (7-for-15) from three-point range


Scoreboard Leader...
With 18 against LIU Brooklyn Saturday, Hannah Kimmel has tallied double-digit points in the last 12 games, and 20 times overall this season. The RS-junior is currently on a three-game streak having totaled 18 points in consecutive games.