SACRED HEART (2-3, 0-0 NEC) VS HARVARD (4-1, 0-0 Ivy League)
GAME 6 * Fairfield, Conn. * Coach Bike Court at the William H. Pitt Center * 7:00 PM
The Sacred Heart women's basketball returns home to host Harvard Tuesday night. The Pioneers are looking to rebound from Saturday's loss to Buffalo, while the Crimson is coming in riding a four-game hot streak.
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Inside the Series...
- This is the sixth time in program history, and fifth in the Division I era, that the Pioneers will take on the Harvard Crimson
- After falling in the first two meetings, the Pioneers claimed victory over the Crimson in two straight home games in 2009 and 2010
- Most recently, the two teams faced off in the consolation round of the ASU Classic in 2013. Harvard took that game 74-63
Last Time They Met...
- Gabrielle Washington led the game with 22 points Sunday afternoon as SHU fell to Harvard University 74-63 in the Well Fargo Arena on the Campus of Arizona State University. Ericka Norman tied her career-high with 19 points shooting and impressive 55.6% from the field as SHU falls to 2-6 on the 2013-14 season
- The Pioneers held Harvard scoreless for nearly four minutes, while Hannah Kimmel and Adaysha Williams combined for seven points to give SHU an early lead. The Crimson responded with eight unanswered points to take their first lead of the game
- With the Pioneers up 21-17, Harvard kicked off a seven-point run to reclaim the lead that they maintained until the halftime buzzer, going into the break leading 34-29
- Sacred Heart spent the entire second half chipping away finally minimizing the deficit to just nine points, 69-60, on a trey from Katie Shepard with a minute left to play, but it wasn't enough as the Crimson added five more before the final buzzer.
Scouting the Crimson...
- After dropping the season opener to Minnesota 103-87, Harvard comes into Tuesday's contest on a four-game winning streak
- The Crimson as selected third in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll in October after finishing in the top three in each of the last 10 years
- Harvard returns two starters and nine letters from last season, including senior Destiny Nunley, who averaged 6.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as the team's top reserve player during her junior year
- Harvard finished the 2015-16 campaign 14-14 overall earning a WNIT bid, the sixth appearance the Crimson has made in the tournament in the last eight years
SHU Against the Ivy League...
- Harvard is the second Ivy League opponent SHU will face this year
- Earlier this season, Sacred Heart fell to Brown in the home opener 80-66
- The Pioneers are 26-20 all-time against the Ivy League thanks in large part to owning the all-time series with Yale 13-4
- Sacred Heart has winning records against Yale (13-4), Columbia (5-4) and Princeton (3-1), and losing records against Brown (3-5), Cornell (0-1), Dartmouth (0-2) and Harvard (2-3) without ever having faced Penn
Career Numbers vs. Harvard...
|Adaysha Williams (1-1)||10||2||0||33|
|Shelby Hickey (1-0)||0||2||2||17|
|Hannah Kimmel (1-0)||5||1||1||13|
Rookie Makes a Statement...
Jenna Silletti came into Saturday's game at Buffalo for just 18 minutes, but made the most of it. Coming off the bench, the rookie tallied a personal best 13 points knocking down four of her seven field goals and five of her eight field goals.
Storck Pulling 'em Down...
Erin Storck is coming into her own since making her first career start against Lehigh. After totaling a career-high 15 points in SHU's win against Binghamton Wednesday, the sophomore set another personal best on Saturday grabbing a team-leading nine rebounds against Buffalo, accounting for more than a quarter of the Pioneers' boards.
In just three days, the Pioneers went from shooting their best field goal percentage of the season (.509 at Binghamton on Wednesday) to shooting their worst, only going 20-58 (.345) from the floor in the loss at Buffalo on Saturday.
SHU at Home...
The Pioneers are 0-1 at home this season, having only played one of their five games on Coach Bike Court. SHU dropped this season's home-opener to Brown 80-66 back on November 14.