SACRED HEART (17-11, 15-2 NEC) vs. MOUNT ST. MARY'S (9-19, 7-10 NEC)
GAME 29 * Emmitsburg, Md. * Knotts Arena * 7:00 PM
Inside the Series...
- The Pioneers come into Monday night's game on a three-game win streak against the Mount after coming from behing to beat MSM at home 61-58 earlier this season
- All matchups have come as Division I Northeast Conference opponents
- The Pioneers swept Mount St. Mary's last season, first winning 71-64 at home in overtime, and clinching a 66-60 victory on the road
- SHU is 2-1 when facing the Mount in the NEC Tournament. MSM knocked the Pioneers out of the 2001 semis, 50-45, before SHU advanced in 2005 and 2009 topping the Mount 76-56 and 73-59 respectively
Last Time They Met...
- Alissa Tarsi came through in the clutch with two last-minute baskets to lift the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a 61-58 victory over Mount St. Mary's
- After Mount staged a comeback with a 19-2 run over the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters, the Pioneers chipped away reclaiming the lead with 42 seconds remaining on an Tarsi lay-in. Alexis Carter quickly retaliated landing a jumper before Sacred Heart Head Coach Jessica Mannetti called a timeout to draw up the game-winning play. With 5.5 seconds on the clock, Kelcey Castro once again found Tarsi in the paint. A little fancy footwork around the defender and Tarsi found the basket giving SHU the game's final lead.
- The Pioneers out shot the Mount .418 (23-55) to .371 (23-62)
- Adaysha Williams led the team with 17 points as the Pioneers improve their win streak to seven straight games
Scouting the Mount...
- Mount St. Mary's comes into Monday's regular season finale on a two game streak having topped Central Connecticut 59-55 and St. Francis Brooklyn 57-40 in its last two contests
- The Mountaineers have one of the best defenses in the league ranking second holding opponents to 61.8 points per game and allowing their opponents to shoot just .391 from the floor
- Junior guard Alexis Carter leads the Mount in scoring and rebounding, ranking 11th in the NEC averaging 13 points per game, and is tied for ninth on the rebounding list averaging 6.8 boards per contest
Career Numbers vs. the Mount...
|Adaysha Williams (5-5)||11.2||3.6||2.6||35.4|
|Shelby Hickey (5-1)||1.0||0.6||0.6||16.2|
|Lerae Ettienne (5-2)||5.2||3.0||0.2||16.6|
|Hannah Kimmel (4-4)||15.5||10.25||1.5||36.25|
|Alissa Tarsi (5-1)||2.8||2.8||0.2||11.8|
|Tykera Carter (1-0)||0||1||0||8|
|Kelcey Castro (1-1)||8||4||1||32|
|Erin Storck (1-0)||3||3||0||23|
|Cleo Polyzou (1-0)||0||1||0||3|
Clinching the Crown...
For the fourth time in Sacred Heart women's basketball program's history, the Pioneers clinched sole possession of the Northeast Conference regular season title with Saturday's 80-67 win over Saint Francis U. All three of the previous times SHU earned the No. 1 seed in the NEC Tournament, the Pioneers have gone on to win the Championship earning a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
The Pioneers have only played one Leap Day game in program history. Back in the Division II era, the Pioneers fell to New Hampshire College in 1988 95-63.
Finishing on the Road...
Sacred Heart is now 7-6 on the road after sweeping the last weekend. This marks the first time this year that the Pioneers own a winning road record. With last week's wins over Fairleigh Dickinson and Bryant, SHU is on a seven-game road win streak.
The Comeback Kids...
The Pioneers have proved themselves to be a second-half team this season owning a winning record, 7-6, when trailing at halftime after Saturday's win over Saint Francis U. The Red Flash led 38-31 at halftime, but SHU came out fighting in the second half. The Pioneers shot 64.0% (16-25) in the latter two quarters of the game accumulating 49 points to SFU's 29.
Magnificent on Mondays...
After winning the big battle against Bryant last week, Sacred Heart is a perfect 7-0 this season when playing on Mondays.
The Pioneers have now won 15 of their last 16 games with Saturday's win over Saint Francis U. The victory also improved SHU to a perfect 8-0 in the month of February.
With a season-best 28 points against the Red Flash, Hannah Kimmel is making her case for NEC Player of the Year. That was the 17th straight game in which the RS-junior has tallied double-figure points, and the ninth time this season she has put 20 or more points on the scoreboard.