Nov. 23, 2009
Sacred Heart Pioneers (1-2, 0-0 NEC) vs. Stony Brook Seawolves (0-3, 0-0 America East)
Game #4 - Saturday, November 24, 2009 - 7:00 pm - Stony Brook, N.Y. - Indoor Sports Complex - Pitchard Gymnasium (1,800)
The Storyline... The Sacred Heart Pioneers will head across the Long Island Sound to take on the Stony Brook Seawolves Tuesday night. The Pioneers burst into the win column with a 92-77 win over Harvard last time out, setting a new school record with 15 three’s against the Crimson. SHU freshman Kiley Evans led the charge with 24 points, earning NEC Rookie of the Week honors. The Seawolves are searching for their first win of 2009-10 coming off a 61-43 loss at Robert Morris on Saturday.
Series... Sacred Heart leads the all-time series, 9-4 after an 81-42 win at home last season. The Pioneers and Seawolves have met each of the last three seasons after renewing a series that was dormant back to the 1998-99 season. The Pioneers and Seawolves met for the first time on December 15, 1990, a Stony Brook 83-69 win at home. SHU then rattled off four-straight in the series. The Pioneers are 4-0 against Stony Brook in the confines of the William H. Pitt Center, winning at home in 1997-98, 1998-99, 2006-07 and 2008-09.
Pioneers vs. the America East... The Pioneers are 9-7 against the America East Conference since joining Division I in 1999-00. SHU 2-1 against Stony Brook, 3-0 against Binghamton, 2-2 against Albany, 1-2 against Hartford, 1-1 against New Hampshire and 0-1 against Vermont. The Pioneers have faced Albany, Binghamton, Hartford and Stony Brook in their Division II days. The Pioneers were 6-2 against UMBC when the Retrievers where a member of the Northeast Conference.
The Coaches... Ed Swanson (SHU ‘89) is in his 20th season as head coach at his alma mater. Swanson posts a 323-223 record in his career at Sacred Heart. His teams have a 197-102 record since joining the Division I ranks in 1999-00. Swanson was inducted in to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and is the program’s longest tenured coach and all-time leader in coaching wins (323). He has been named the NEC Coach of the Year three times and is the all-time leader in regular season NEC wins (138). Michele Cherry (Arizona State ‘92) is in her third season at the helm of the Stony Brook women’s basketball program and owns a 14-49 record. Cherry took over the program from her mentor Maura McHugh after spending three seasons as the top-assistant at Stony Brook. Prior to that she was part of McHugh’s staff with the Sacramento Monarchs in the WNBA.
Scouting the Seawolves... The Stony Brook Seawolves are off to an 0-3 start with losses to Princeton (68-43) and St. John’s (89-52) at home and to NEC member Robert Morris (61-43) last time out. The Seawolves were picked seventh in the America East Preseason Coaches’ Poll, returning four starters from last year’s 6-23 team. Stony Brook is led by junior co-captains Kirsten Jeter and Misha Horsey. The duo has played in every game since arriving at Stony Brook, with Horsey starting all 60 games at the point guard position. Jeter, a third team All-America East selection last season, led the team with 12.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg last year. She is the only Seawolf averaging double digits at 13.7 points with 6.7 rebounds per game.
Last Meeting with Stony Brook... Sacred Heart snapped a five-game losing streak with a 81-42 win over visiting Stony Brook on December 3, 2008. The Pioneers never trailed and led by as many as 39 points on the way to their first win last season. The Pioneers got a game-high 15 points from senior center Kaitlin Sowinski who hit all four of her shots in the second half and collected seven rebounds in the win. As a team, the Pioneers shot 46.7% (38-60), including 51.6% (16-31) in the second half. Alisa Apo finished with 14 points and five assists while senior Stephanie Ryan rounded out the Pioneers in double figures with 11 points. Stony Brook kept the game within reach for much of the first half, trailing 20-14 at the 7:32 mark. From there, the Pioneers began to pull away, outscoring the Seawolves 18-8 to lead by 16 at the break, 38-22. The second half opened with the Pioneers rattling off a 13-4 run in the opening minutes to build their lead to 25, 51-26. SHU never let Stony Brook back in, building their lead to 39 points with 3:51 to play thanks to a 26-9 jaunt. The Seawolves shot just 20.7% (6-29) in the second half. SHU converted 23 Seawolf turnovers into 24 points at the other end.
Last Time Out... Sacred Heart freshman Kiley Evans led four players in double figures with 24 points as the Pioneers buried 15-of-24 from behind the arc on their way to a 92-77 win over visiting Harvard Saturday afternoon. Evans hit 10-of-19 from the field and filled out her stat sheet with seven assists, five rebounds and three steals as the Pioneers nabbed their first win of 2009-10. Junior Maggie Cosgrove buried six-of-seven from three for a career-high 21 point afternoon. Sophomore Callan Taylor and junior Alisa Apo each recorded double doubles in the win. Taylor finished with 18 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in recording her second-straight double-dip. Apo overcame a four-of-14 shooting day by going seven-of-nine at the free throw line on her way to a season-high 16 points. The junior co-captain added a career-best 12 assists to her ledger. SHU finished the game shooting 47.0% (31-66) from the field, 62.5% (15-24) from three and 83.3% (15-18) from the line in the win. The Pioneers scored 23 points off 14 Harvard miscues and used a strong effort in the second half to hold a 36-35 edge on the boards. Off the bench, Maureen Reilly finished with seven points while sophomore Kris Iovino scored four points with three rebounds. For Harvard, Brogan Berry finished with a team-high 20 points on six-of-13 shooting with four assists.
Evans Named NEC Rookie of the Week... SHU freshman Kiley Evans was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week. Evans’ breakout performance allowed the Pioneers to break into the win column with a 92-77 triumph over regional rival Harvard. The freshman netted a career-high 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting to sink the Crimson and contribute to the highest single-game scoring total (92) by a NEC team this season. She added seven assists, five rebounds, and three steals in 39 minutes of action against Harvard, who finished second in the Ivy League Preseason Poll after a WNIT appearance last year. Factoring in her performance (6 pts., 4 reb., 1 asst., 1 stl.) in a 50-49 setback to Villanova, Evans averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 boards, and 4.0 assists per game last week. The freshman scored two of her six points against the Wildcats on a pair of free throws that brought Sacred Heart within three points, 50-47, with 2:52 remaining in regulation.
Pioneers Shoot Down School Record... The Pioneers buried 15-of-24 from behind the three-point arc (62.5%) in Saturday’s 92-77 win over Harvard, setting a new school record for the three’s in a game. SHU’s 15 three balls breaks the mark of 13 set twice in Pioneer history. SHU hit 13 against Keene State on February 4, 1997 and 13 against Quinnipiac on February 18, 2003. Leading the way was junior guard Maggie Cosgrove who buried six-of-seven on the way to 21 points, both career-high marks. Cosgrove’s six three’s ties for the fourth highest total in a game in school history.
Taylor Named Enterprise Rent-A-Car / SHU Student-Athlete of the Week... Sophomore Callan Taylor was named the Enterprise Rent-A-Car / Sacred Heart Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of November 16th through 22nd. Taylor posted a pair of double doubles this week against Villanova and Harvard. Taylor recorded her first double dip of the season hitting five-of-seven from the field for 11 points while collecting 10 rebounds in a 50-49 loss to Villanova. In Saturday’s 92-77 win over Harvard, Taylor hit six-of-12 from the field, and a career-best five-of-six from behind the arc on her way to an 18 point afternoon. Taylor corralled a season-best 13 rebounds, six offensive, against the Crimson.
Apo Lends a Hand... Junior Alisa Apo set a new career high with 12 assists in the win over Harvard, recording her first career double double. Apo finished the game with 16 points to go along with her 12 helpers. Her 12 helpers was the most by a Pioneers since Kerri Burke handed out 11 assists against Columbia in 2004-05. As a team, the Pioneers had 24 assists in the win.