Women's Basketball Battles Bryant for First Place Saturday at 1pm

Women's Basketball Battles Bryant for First Place Saturday at 1pm

SACRED HEART (9-10, 7-1 NEC) VS. BRYANT (11-8, 8-0 NEC)

GAME 20 * Fairfield, Conn. * William H. Pitt Center * 1:00 PM

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Inside the Series...

  • This is the 23rd meeting between the Pioneers and the Bulldogs. SHU leads the all-time series 13-9 after a thrilling overtime win last season
  • The teams split the 2014-15 season with each team claiming a win in its home gym
  • SHU is 10-2 against Bryant in the Division I era, with its frist loss coming in 2013-14 on the road, and the second the following year also at Bryant
  • Bryant owns the Division II series 2-7
  • The two teams have never faced each other in post season competition

Last Time They Met...

  • Katie Shepard lef the Pioneers to an overtime win with six OT points, nearing a double-double totaling 13 points and eight rebounds
  • Adaysha Williams led the game with 19 points shooting 50% (8-16) from the floor as SHU improved to 6-4 in NEC play
  • 2:32 into the overtime period, with the shot clock winding down Shepard landed the first basket of a triple giving SHU the advantage. Bryant managed two points from Winder, but Haines sunk one from under the basket improving SHU's lead to 67-64. Rucker hit one of two free throws making it a two point before Shepard drove the lane to slightly widen the leading to 69-65. Rucker found the basket again for a layup making it a two-point game again. But Shepard put the final nail in the coffin making one of two from the line with eight seconds left clinching the win for the Pioneers


Scouting the Bulldogs...

  • Bryant entered the conference schedule 3-8 after topping Vermont 68-52, UMass Lowell 83-64 and New Hampshire 55-42 during the non-conference slate
  • The Bulldogs are in the top two in the conference in 10 categories, and lead the league in field goal percentage (.411), rebounding offense (40.3), rebounding defense (30.3), rebounding margin (10.0) and defensive rebounds (25.3)
  • Reigning NEC Player of the Year Breanna Rucker and reigning NEC Rookie of the Year Ivory Bailey are leading the Bulldogs at the boards. Rucker is averaging a double-double with 14.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game

Career Numbers vs. Bryant...

Adaysha Williams (4-4) 13.0 4.5 3.5 36.25
Shelby Hickey (3-0) 2.67 2.33 0.67 15.0
Lerae Ettienne (6-2) 3.83 2.5 0.33 12.16
Hannah Kimmel (4-4) 11.0 7.5 1.25 31.75
Alissa Tarsi (5-0) 4.0 2.25 0.6 13.2


Coming Back Late...
The Pioneers staged a late comeback Tuesday night for a 61-58 win over Mount St. Mary's after falling behind early in the fourth quarter. This is the third time this season that SHU has comeback for a win after trailing with five minutes left to play. The previous two times were against Saint Francis U, which always proves to be a battle, and Central Connecticut State.

Going for Eight...
For the first time in her time as a NCAA Division I head coach, Jessica Mannetti is looking for her eighth straight victory Saturday afternoon. With Tuesday's come from behind win, the third-year head coach has led SHU to a seven-game winning streak moving to 7-1 in conference play. The Pioneers' 61-57 double-overtime win over Central Conn. State two weeks ago marked Mannetti's first career five-game streak. Up to that point, she had coached SHU to four four-game runs before finally converting her fifth to a five-game streak. This is also the first time since 2012-13 that SHU has won more than five straight games. That year, Sacred Heart clinched nine consecutive victories over a month long span.

Happy at Home...
Since its opening in 1997, SHU women's hoops boasts a .719 winning percentage (208-81) when playing in the William H. Pitt Center. Coming into Saturday's contest, the Pioneers are 3-0 this season when hosting a Northeast Conference foe on Coach Bike Court, and have not lost to the Bulldogs at home during the Division I era. While never posting a losing home record, the Pioneers' went undefeated at home twice in 2003-04 (14-0) and 2005-06 (15-0). SHU is 13-5 (.722) when hosting an NEC Tournament game, and have won all three titles on its home court.