Dec. 20, 2009
Sacred Heart Pioneers (6-3, 1-0 NEC) vs. Binghamton Bearcats (2-7, 0-0 AE)
Game #10 - Monday, December 21, 2009 - 7:00 pm - Vestal, N.Y. - Events Center (5,134)
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The Storyline... Sacred Heart has won three-straight and six of their last seven as they head to Binghamton University Monday night. The Pioneers have won four-straight away from the William H. Pitt Center as they close out a four-game road swing against the Bearcats. SHU has been off for seven days since their 71-52 win at Fairfield last Sunday. Junior Maggie Cosgrove led the way against the Stags, hitting five-of-seven from behind the arc en route to a career-high 24 point afternoon. The Bearcats return to the court after a 68-52 loss to the University of Miami on Saturday afternoon.
Series... The Pioneers lead the all-time series, 3-2. Sacred Heart has won three-straight over the Bearcats, posting a 79-61 win at home last December. The two teams renewed acquaintances for the first time as Division I teams in 2006-07 with Sacred Heart posting a 57-53 win at Binghamton with a follow up win in 2007-08, 70-52 at home. Prior to that, the other two meetings both took place during the 1998-99 season. The Bearcats got a 75-66 win at home on December 9, 1998 in the first ever meeting between the two schools. Binghamton came to Fairfield on January 20, 1999 that season and pulled out a 53-52 win.
Pioneers vs. vs. America East... The Pioneers are 10-8 against the America East Conference since joining Division I in 1999-00. SHU 3-1 against Stony Brook, 3-0 against Binghamton, 2-2 against Albany, 1-3 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 328-224 record in his career at Sacred Heart. His teams have a 202-103 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 (328). He has been named the NEC Coach of the Year three times and is the all-time leader in regular season NEC wins (139). Nicole Scholl (Moorhead State ‘94) is in her second season as the head coach at Binghamton University. Scholl has been at Binghamton since 1999, serving first as an assistant coach then as the associate head coach. Scholl made the move to Binghamton after her first coaching stop at North Dakota State.
Scouting the Bearcats... The Binghamton Bearcats are 2-7 on the year and are coming off a 68-52 loss to the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats own a win over NEC member Bryant this season, 75-59. Binghamton sports a trio of double figure scorers in guards Erica Carter, Jackie Ward and Andrea Holmes. Carter is the team leader at 14.8 points per game while shooting 50.7% (37-73) from behind the arc. Holmes averages 12.3 points per game and leads the team with 53 assists against 39 turnovers. Ward is averaging 12.3 points per outing and has a team-high 17 steals. Viive Rebane is the team’s leading rebounder pulling down 6.4 boards a night. Binghamton was picked third in the America East Preseason Poll, their highest preseason ranking since the program joined the conference prior to the 2001-02 campaign
Last Meeting with Binghamton... Alisa Apo tallied 22 points and dished out nine assists to lead the Pioneers past the Binghamton Bearcats, 79-61, on December 30, 2008. SHU’s Maggie Cosgrove chipped in with a season-best 18 points hitting five-of-seven from behind the arc as the Pioneers end a two-game slide to close out 2008. Apo led four Pioneers in double figures as she finished the game shooing eight-of-17 from the field and three-of-six from three. Her nine assists came against just three turnovers as the Pioneers turned it over a season-low 13 times after coming in averaging 21.2 per game. Center Kaitlin Sowinski hit eight-of-10 to finish with 19 points while coming up with six rebounds and three blocks. Callan Taylor finished with 10 points, five rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal in the win. SHU shot 47.5% (29-61) in the win and 50.0% (10-20) from behind the arc. The Pioneers held a 39-32 edge on the boards and got 12 second chance points on 13 offensive caroms. The Bearcats got 14 points and nine rebound from Viive Rebane. As a team, they shot 42.4% (25-59) from the field but just 33.3% (10-30) in the second half.
Last Time Out... Junior co-captains Maggie Cosgrove and Alisa Apo scored 24 and 20 points, respectively, to guide the Sacred Heart Pioneers to a 71-52 win over the rival Fairfield Stags last Sunday. The Pioneers trailed just once, 2-0 off the opening tip, using some blazing hot first-half shooting to build a double digit lead en route to tying their largest margin of victory on the year. Sacred Heart shot 51.7% (15-29) in the first half and hit six-of-10 from three behind the hot hand of Cosgrove. The junior point guard buried five-of-six from behind the arc and was fouled on another attempt, hitting all three free throws on the way to an 18-point half as the Pioneers led 43-26 at the break. Cosgrove added six free throws in the second half to finish with a career-high 24 points. The Pioneers opened quickly at 7-2 forcing a Fairfield time-out from head coach Joe Frager at 17:24. Sacred Heart began to pull away midway through the first half as Cosgrove gave the Pioneers a 20-12 lead at 10:54 with three free throws after being fouled on her third attempt from behind the arc of the half. SHU took an eight point lead at the seven minute mark and turned it into a 17-point advantage at the half thanks to a 16-7 run. The Pioneers went up 35-20 at 4:45 as Cosgrove buried back-to-back three’s, her fourth and fifth of the half. Apo buried her only three of the day to beat the buzzer sending Sacred Heart to the locker room up 43-26. If the first half belonged to Cosgrove then the second half was Apo’s as the junior guard notched 11 of her 20 points in the second stanza. The Pioneer lead dipped below double digits just once as the Stags used an 8-0 spurt to pull within 47-38. SHU went back to work on offense and outscored Fairfield 14-6 over a six minute stretch to push the lead to 18, 61-43, with 9:24 to go. Apo gave the Pioneers a 65-46 advantage with her final jumper of the afternoon just below seven minutes and SHU never let the Stags to within closer than 14-points the rest of the way for the win. Apo’s 20 point afternoon came on six-of-14 shooting and seven-of-nine at the charity stripe. She added six assists and four rebounds to her totals. Sophomore Callan Taylor posted her second-straight and fifth double double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Pioneers held a 38-32 advantage on the glass. SHU used a swarming full court press for much of the game, producing 11 steals and 19 Stag turnovers.