Pioneers Head to Smithfield for a No. 1 vs. No. 2 Showdown on ESPN3

Pioneers Head to Smithfield for a No. 1 vs. No. 2 Showdown on ESPN3

SACRED HEART (15-11, 13-2 NEC) vs. BRYANT (15-11, 12-3 NEC)

GAME 27 * Smithfield, R.I. * Chace Wellness Center * 7:00 PM

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Inside the Series...

  • This is the 24th meeting between the Pioneers and the Bulldogs. SHU leads the all-time series 13-10 after the Bulldogs edged out the Pioneers 61-59 in the Pitt Center earlier this season
  • The teams split the 2014-15 season with each team claiming a win in its home gym
  • SHU is 10-3 against Bryant in the Division I era, with its first loss coming in 2013-14 on the road, and the second the following year also at Bryant
  • Bryant owns the Division II series 2-7
  • The two teams have never faced each other in post season competition
  • SHU is 4-6 all-time when playing at Bryant, 4-2 in the Division I era

Scouting the 

  • After winning their first 10 Northeast Conference games, the Bryant Bulldogs have cooled down winning just two of their last five games
  • Bryant entered the conference schedule 3-8 after topping Vermont 68-52, UMass Lowell 83-64 and New Hampshire 55-42 during the non-conference slate
  • Reigning NEC Player of the Year Breanna Rucker and reigning NEC Rookie of the Year Ivory Bailey are leading the Bulldogs at the boards. Rucker is averaging a double-double with 15.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game


Last Time They Met...

  • Each team was held to single digits in a period with SHU outscoring Bryant 14-6 in the second, and the Bulldogs winning the third quarter 19-8
  • Alissa Tarsi flirted with a double-double totaling eight points and eight rebounds
  • Breanna Rucker recoreded a double-double leading the Bulldogs with 17 points, and all players with 15 rebounds
  • Bryant's work at the glass was a key factor in the win. The Bulldogs grabbed 45 rebounds to Sacred Heart's 32
  • With just 25 seconds to play, the Bulldogs took a 61-59 lead on Klein's lay-in, and the Pioneers were unable to make up the difference before the buzzer

Career Numbers vs. Bryant...

Adaysha Williams (5-5) 12.4 3.8 3.6 36.6
Shelby Hickey (4-1) 2.0 3.75 1.0 19.5
Lerae Ettienne (7-2) 4.42 2.42 0.28 12.71
Hannah Kimmel (5-5) 13.2 7.2 1.2 32.4
Alissa Tarsi (6-1) 4.67 2.83 1.0 15.33
Tykera Carter (1-0) 2 1 1 13
Kelcey Castro (1-1) 9 1 2 26
Erin Storck (1-0) 0 1 0 12


Having the Advantage...
After beating Fairleigh Dickinson by 15 points on Saturday, the Pioneers' scoring margin is now in the black, as SHU averages +0.4 more points than its opponents.


SHU's Hot Hand...
For just the second time this season, Sacred Heart shot over .500 from the floor owning a .549 field goal percentage against the Knights Saturday. This is due in large part to strong shooting from Adaysha Williams (3-3), Shelby Hickey (3-4) and Erin Storck (4-5). Both times SHU shot over .500 this season have resulted in victories.


Winning on the Road...
Sacred Heart goes into Monday's battle with Bryant on a six-game road winning streak after Saturday's win at Fairleigh Dickinson. 


Sharing the Ball...
For the first time in over a year, five Pioneers totaled double-digit points Saturday against FDU. Hannah Kimmel led the way with 16. Right behind her was Adaysha Williams with 13, Erin Storck with a career-best 12, Alissa Tarsi with 11 and Tykera Carter with a season-high 10 points. The last time five or more players tallied 10 or more points was on January 17, 2015 in Sacred Heart's high-scoring affair at Saint Francis U. In that game, six Pioneers reached double-digits, with Kimmel and Williams accounting for two of them.