2017 NEC Semi-Finals
#2 Sacred Heart vs. #4 Bryant Bulldogs
Fairfield, CT. William H. Pitt Center
The Sacred Heart women's basketball team brought their "A" game to their opening round of the NEC tournament, as they took down St. Francis Brooklyn 90-69. Hannah Kimmel lit up the scoreboard with 32 points, while Katherine Haines and Kimmel both recorded double-doubles. The Pioneers now move onto the semi-finals as they look to take down the Bulldogs of Bryant at 7pm in the William H. Pitt Center.
Inside the Series...
- SHU leads the all time series with Bryant 15-10, and currently have a three game winning streak after sweeping them this season. This will be the third matchup of the season.
- The matchup sits a 9-4 in the past five seasons for SHU. The last time the Bulldogs picked up a win over SHU was 1/30/16 in a regular season game that ended 61-59
- The two teams have a history of keeping games close, the last time a game was decided beyond double digits, besides earlier this season was on 1/28/13 where SHU won 62-44.
Scouting the Bulldogs...
- Bryant comes into Wednesday's contest with an 17-13 record. The Bulldogs enter the post season as the fourth seed, owning a 11-7 record in the NEC
- Bryant closed out the regular season on a six game winning streak, and after taking down Mount St. Mary's on Sunday, the team holds a seven game win streak
- Going into Sunday's contest the Bulldogs lead the NEC in free throw percentage, three point field goal percentage, rebounding margin, and rebounding defense.
Last Time They Met...
- The Sacred Heart women's basketball team kicked off their annual "pink game" as they picked up a 66-59 win over the Bryant Bulldogs. Kelcey Castro recorded a new season high, 17 points in the game. The Pioneers finished in double digits, as Hannah Kimmel posted 15 points, and Katherine Haines tallied 14.
- The Pioneers kicked the game off on a 12-2 run, where Castro hit back-to-back buckets from downtown.
- The Pioneers finished the first quarter shooting 44.4% (8-18) from the field
- The Bulldogs outrebounded the Pioneers 44-33, Haines led SHU with 8 boards
Can We Slow The Roll?...
The Bulldogs have been on a tear as of lately, rattling off seven straight wins. Bryant, who came into the post season as the #4 seed, has posted big wins in their streak, as they took out Robert Morris, Saint Francis U, and Central Connecticut in the process. The Bulldogs last road win came against Wagner.
Home Court Advantage...
The Pioneers secured the number two spot in the NEC tournament landing them a minimum of two home games in the tournament. Sacred Heart ended the regular season 9-0 at home against conference opponents, and picked up another home win against St. Francis Brooklyn 90-69 in the opening round of the NEC Tournament. The Bulldogs are 4-10 on the road this season, showing their struggle playing on the road.
Hannah Kimmel missed the final two regular season games, but was quick to make her presence known in the opening round of the NEC Tournament. Kimmel finished the night with a season high 32 points, and her sixth double-double. Kimmel tied the single game record for most three's in a game with 8, as she finished the night shooting 8-12 beyond the arc.
Knocking 'em Down from Downtown...
The Pioneers were knocking 'em down from three-point range against St. Francis Brooklyn in their last outing as they shot 47.1% (16-34) from downtown. The 16 three pointers earned them a spot in the record book for most three pointers made in a single game. The previous record came against Harvard where SHU made 15 buckets from downtown in 11/21/09.
Doing The Dishes...
The Pioneers played their best game of the season, and managed to spread the love. The Pioneers finished the game with a season high 24 assists, and only gave up 12 turnovers. Leading SHU was Kelcey Castro who tallied six assists, and Adaysha Williams was a close second with five assists.