October 30, 2009

Defending Champion Pioneers Featured on NEC TV Package

Oct. 30, 2009

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (October 30, 2009) - The Sacred Heart Pioneer women's basketball team will be featured as part of the 2009-10 Northeast Conference basketball television package, a lineup that will feature 19 regionally produced games and two national postseason broadcasts on the ESPN family of networks. The defending NEC champion Pioneers will face rival Quinnipiac and take on Saint Francis (PA) in a rematch of last year's title game as part of the package. Both appearances will be part of a doubleheader with the Sacred Heart men's team.

The Thursday, February 4th match-up with the Bobcats at the William H. Pitt Center will be broadcast on the Connecticut Sports Network, Fox College Sports and will be made available on ESPN Full Court. The women's game will tip-off at 5:00 pm with the men's tilt set to start at approximatly 7:30 pm.

SHU will again be featured in a late season match-up with the Red Flash on Saturday, February 20th in Loretto, PA. It will be the only meeting this season between the two schools in a return engagement of last season's NEC Championship game, a 74-66 Pioneer victory. The game will tip at 12 noon followed by the men's game at 4:00 pm, both being showed live on Madison Square Garden Network, Fox Sports-Pittsburgh, Fox College Sports and tape delayed on the Connecticut Sports Network.

In addition, the 2010 Northeast Conferece Championship game will again be broadcast live on ESPNU. This year's title game is scheduled to be played on Sunday, March 14th at the site of the highest seed.

Regional broadcast partners for the upcoming year include flagship station Madison Square Garden Network (MSG), along with FSN-Pittsburgh, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), Fox College Sports (FCS), Cox Sports, New England Sports Network (NESN) and Connecticut Sports Network (CTSN).

In his 11th year, Paul Dottino will once again serve as the play-by-play voice of women’s telecasts. Pam Roecker, now in her eighth season, along with Terry O’Connor will serve as analysts for women’s broadcasts. Eric Singer is the Producer of NEC basketball telecasts. xxxxxxxxxxxxx