SACRED HEART (14-11, 12-2 NEC) vs. FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON (9-14, 6-6 NEC)
GAME 26 * Teaneck, N.J. * Stratis Arena * 4:00 PM
Inside the Series...
- This is the 30th meeting between the Pioneers and FDU
- Sacred Heart is a perfect 14-0 when playing against the Knights at home
- SHU's first of only three losses to FDU in program history came on Jan. 21, 2002 in Teaneck, N.J. where the Knights edged out the Pioneers 64-60. The Pioneers have dropped the regular-season finale to FDU the past two years on the road
- SHU is 0-2 against the Knights when facing them on their Senior Day
- The teams have faced each other twice in the NEC Tournament, both times in the quarterfinal round. SHU took both matchups, winning 83-55 in 2006, and 62-58 in 2012.
Last Time They Met...
- Alissa Tarsi led the Pioneers' fourth-quarter comeback tallying ten points in the stanza as Sacred Heart outlasted Fairleigh Dickinson 72-61 in the William H. Pitt Center. The senior led the team with a then career-best tying 18 points
- With the Pioneers down by just five points, 55-50, with just over eight minutes left in regulation, a Tarsi sparked an eight-point Pioneer streak as Shelby Hickey added four and Adaysha Williams tacked on two to the senior's layup reclaiming the lead for Sacred Heart 58-55 with 5:33 left to play
- The Knights came within just one point twice before the final buzzer, 58-57 and 60-59, but Hickey, Tarsi and Hannah Kimmel combined for 10 unanswered points over a three-minute span for a 70-59 lead, SHU's largest of the game. Fairleigh Dickinson managed one more field goal in the final minute, but it wasn't enough to catch the Pioneers
Scouting the Knights...
- FDU comes into Saturday having lost two of its last three games. The one win did come at home, while the losses were on the road, boosting the Knights to a 7-7 home record
- Fairleigh Dickinson ranks in the top three in the league in six categories as a team, leading the NEC in offensive rebounds averaging 15.44 per game
- The Knights return reigning NEC Defensive Player of the Year Erika Livermore, and All-NEC second team selection Kelsey Cruz. The two currently lead the FDU offense averaging 17.2 and 18.5, fourth and third in the league individual standings, points per game respectively
Career Numbers vs. Fairleigh Dickinson...
|Adaysha Williams (5-5)||11.2||3.2||4.6||37.2|
|Shelby Hickey (5-2)||5.8||3.0||0.6||18.2|
|Lerae Ettienne (6-2)||6.5||4.0||0.167||15.5|
|Hannah Kimmel (5-5)||10.0||7.2||1.2||30.8|
|Alissa Tarsi (6-1)||6.83||3.5||0.5||14.67|
|Tykera Carter (3-0)||0.67||0.67||0||5.0|
|Kelcey Castro (1-1)||16||5||2||34|
|Erin Storck (1-0)||2||3||0||15|
|Cleo Polyzou (1-0)||0||0||1||3|
For the 17th straight year, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team clinched a berth into the NEC Tournament with Saturday's win over Central Connecticut. Monday night, with the 62-52 win over Robert Morris, the Pioneers clinched a quarterfinal round home game for the 16th time.
On the Road Again...
Sacred Heart opened February with the 62-53 defeat of LIU Brooklyn on the road before coming home for four straight games making SHU 5-6 in away games this season. After downing the Blackbirds, Sacred Heart is on a five-game road win streak having previous beaten Wagner 77-73, Central Conn. State 61-57 OT, St. Francis Brooklyn 68-51, Saint Francis U 81-77. The win over the Red Flash was the Pioneers' first road win of the year after opening the season 0-6 when playing in the opponent's gym.
History Repeating Itself?...
Monday's redemption win over Robert Morris boosting the Pioneers' NEC record to 12-2. The last time SHU opened the conference slate 12-2 was in 2011-12 en route to the program's third Northeast Conference crown. That year, Sacred Heart opened the conference schedule with seven straight wins before former NEC rival Quinnipiac handed it its first league loss of the year. This is the fifth time since joining the NEC that SHU has held a 12-2 conference record. The first time also resulted in a championship, the program's first in 2005-06. The other two times (2007-08 and 2009-10) both resulted in quarterfinal eliminations.
Another Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week...
For the second week in a row, a Pioneer was chosen as the Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week. This time is was senior Alissa Tarsi, who spearheaded back-to-back victories with two career highs and a pair of double-doubles. The veteran post player averaged 18.5 points, 16.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest during a two-win stretch that lifted the Pioneers into sole possession of first place in the NEC. Strengthening her grip on the NEC lead in field goal percentage (.555), Tarsi connected at 60 percent from the floor (12-for-20) during the two home games. She sank Nutmeg State rival Central Connecticut by pouring in a career-high 23 points and pulling down 15 rebounds on Saturday. Two days, later the Garden State product tallied 14 points and secured a career-best 18 caroms to propel the Pioneers to a 62-52 victory over Robert Morris.
On a Roll...
After sweeping the most recent four-game homestand, the Pioneers have won 12 of their last 13 games. The only loss being to Monday's ESPN3 match up, second-place Bryant.
Sinking Free Throws...
The Pioneers had their shots from the line to thank in large part for this weekend's wins over Central Connecticut and Robert Morris. SHU earned 27 points from the charity stripe in both contests, season-highs for Sacred Heart. On Monday night in SHU's 62-52 win over Robert Morris, 15 of the Pioneers' final 21 points, part of a final 21-8 game-winning run, were scored from the foul line.
Breaking out the Broom...
The Pioneers have officially completed regular season sweeps of both Brooklyn constituents, and Central Connecticut, and are looking for their fourth of the season this Saturday against Fairleigh Dickinson.