Pioneers Set to Take on Drake Bulldogs in WNIT

Pioneers Set to Take on Drake Bulldogs in WNIT

SACRED HEART (20-12, 16-2 NEC) vs. Drake (22-9, 14-4 MVC)

WNIT First Round * Des Moines, Iowa * Knapp Center * 7:00 PM

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Inside the Series...

  • This is the first meeting between Sacred Heart and Drake


SHU Against the MVC...

  • The Pioneers have never faced a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in program history


Scouting the Bulldogs...

  • Drake finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference posting a 14-4 record in league play
  • Sara Rhine, who is second on the team in scoring averaging 13.4 points per game, was named MVC Freshman of the Year, as well as the league's Sixth Man, and earned All-Rookie and First Team Honorable Mention honors. The rookie is third in the country shooting 63.5% from the floor throughout the season
  • Two other Bulldogs picked up All-Conference nods. Lizzy Wendell, who paces Drake with 19.8 points per game, and Caitlin Ingle, who is seventh in the nation in assists (6.9 per game), earned spots on the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team for the second straight year
  • Drake was picked to finish second in the MVC receiving 15 first place votes
  • The Bulldogs are in the top eight in the country in five categories including ranking sixth in assists per game (18.8), defensive rebounds per game (30.0) and total assists (583). Drake in eighth amongst the Division I ranks in scoring (79.8 points per game) and field goal percentage (46.6%)
  • The Bulldogs are 11-3 when playing on their home court this season, and finished out the year on a four-game home win streak
  • This is Drake's second straight appearance in the WNIT, and third in the last five years. Last year, the Bulldogs were eliminated in the first round by an 80-70 loss at home to Eastern Michigan


SHU in the WNIT...
This is Sacred Heart's second appearance in the WNIT. In 2012-13, the Pioneers bookended their season with a trip to the Preseason WNIT and earned the postseason WNIT bid. In March, they headed up to Boston to face the Terriers of Boston University. Despite a 16-point performance from Gabrielle Washington, and 14 points from Blair Koniszewski off the bench, SHU fell to BU 61-49. Seniors Alissa Tarsi, Lerae Ettienne and Johanna Lopez are the only Pioneers to see WNIT action. For Tarsi it was her first collegiate start, in which she scored two points and grabbed four rebounds. Ettienne and Lopez both took the floor for five minutes. Ettienne tallied one point and each player pulled down one board


On the Road Again... 
The Pioneers finished the regular season with an 8-6 road record. SHU dropped just one away NEC game, while picking up all eight wins in league foes' gyms. Sacred Heart finished the season on an eight-game road win streak, capping it off with the 60-52 win over Mount St. Mary's in the regular-season finale.