Pioneers Face Off Against Reigning NEC Champs Saturday

Pioneers Face Off Against Reigning NEC Champs Saturday

GAME 16 * Brooklyn, N.Y. * The Pope Physical Education Center * 1:00 PM

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Inside the Series...

  • This is the 38th meeting between the Pioneers and Terriers
  • The teams split the 2014-15 regular season, each winning on their home court, before St. Francis Brooklyn knocked SHU out of the NEC Tournament in the quarterfinals 77-59
  • The Pioneers are 11-6 all-time when facing SFBK in Brooklyn, 11-2 since joining the Division I ranks
  • The teams have now met twice in the NEC Tournament after last year's loss. Previously, the Pioneers moved onto the semifinal round with a quarterfinal 64-38 win over the Terriers in 2013

Scouting the Terriers...

  • The Terriers come into Saturday's matchup still looking for their first conference win of the season, having lost the first four (Fairleigh Dickinson 65-61, Mount St. Mary's 66-56, Robert Morris 62-53, Saint Francis U 83-76)
  • St. Francis Brooklyn graduated four members of the starting line up from the 2015 Northeast Conference Championship team. The only returner is Leah Fechko who is in the top two on the team in every category except blocks, leading the Terriers in scoring (8.5 ppg), rebounds (8.4 rpg), 3FG PCT (.288), FT PCT (.860), assists (3.9/game), steals (3.1/game)
  • The Terriers are just 1-4 when playing at home

Last Time They Met...

  • SHU's two members of the Class of 2015 Gabrielle Washington and Katie Shepard led the Pioneers with 18 and 15 points respectively as SHU was knocked out of the Northeast Conference Tournament with the 77-59 loss to St. Francis Brooklyn
  • Going 4-for-4 from the charity stripe in the first half, Alissa Tarsi gave the Pioneers their largest lead of the half, 24-12, with a pair for free throws at the 10:12 marker
  • The Terriers used a 15-5 run to come within one point of catching Sacred Heart, and with less than two minutes left in the half, Eilidh Simpson landed a triple from the right wing to even the score at 35, but soon after with a minute and seven second remaining Jaymee Veney got called for a foul sending Katherine Haines to the line where she landed both shots once again giving the Pioneers the advantage. Derda Cassidy sent the Terriers into the halftime break with a one-point lead going three-for-three at the foul line with 3.2 seconds left
  • Down 49-44, SHU used a 6-1 run to cut the Terriers' lead to just two points, 50-48 by the 11:47 media timeout, but were unable to catch St. Francis who continued to expand its lead in the second half

SHU Against the NEC...

  • The Pioneers are 197-92 against Northeast Conference opponents all-time, and 185-70 during the Division I era
  • Sacred Heart has winning records against all but one league foe, posting winning records against Bryant (13-9), Central Conn. St. (28-16), Fairleigh Dickinson (26-3), Mount St. Mary's (26-5), Robert Morris (21-10), St. Francis Brooklyn (26-12), Saint Francis U (19-11) and Wagner (23-9). It's only losing record comes against LIU Brooklyn (15-16)
  • SHU is the only team to make the NEC Tournament every year while a member of the league dating back to the 1999-00 season

Career Numbers vs. St. Francis Brooklyn...

Adaysha Williams (5-5) 11.4 2.4 3.2 33.6
Shelby Hickey (5-2) 4.0 0.4 0.6 18.2
Lerae Ettienne (7-0) 1.0 0.57 0.28 9.14
Hannah Kimmel (5-5) 14.4 6.6 1.0 30.8
Alissa Tarsi (7-1) 2.57 2.0 0.14 10.14

The Road to 1k...
Hannah Kimmel passed two career milestones in the first half against Penn State. With 4:08 remaining in the first quarter, the RS-junior tallied the 900th and 901st points of her career with her first field goal of the game. Less than two minutes into the second quarter, she pulled down her third rebound of the afternoon, the 500th of her career. The points milestorne comes less than a month after the Harpursville, N.Y. native tallied 11 points against Fairfield in the 2015 Cross-Town Classic to reach 800 career points. Currently owning 999 points, Kimmel will become the 19th playing in SHU women's basketball history to reach 1,000 points with 91 more.

Cleaning Up the Boards...
Less than two months after pulling down her 200th career rebound, Alissa Tarsi used a career-high 15 rebounds Monday night to tally her 300th career rebound.

Castro's on Fire...
Kelcey Castro has tallied double-digit points in each game of SHU's current three-game win streak after only doing it three times through the first 12 games of the season. In the Pioneers' 81-77 victory of Saint Francis U, the senior totaled a personal best 18 points shooting 45.5% (5-11) from the floor nailing three triples.

Finding Success on the Road...
Sacred Heart travels to Brooklyn Saturday afternoon looking for their second road win of the season. After entering their contest against Saint Francis U 0-6 on the road, the 81-77 victory over the Red Flash marked the Pioneers' first road win of the season, and SHU's first road win since topping Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg on February 16, 2015. The win also snapped SHU's three-game losing streak.