Women' Basketball Opens the Season with Crosstown Classic

Women' Basketball Opens the Season with Crosstown Classic

SACRED HEART (0-0, 0-0 NEC) VS FAIRFIELD (0-0, 0-0 MAAC)

GAME 1 * Bridgeport, Conn. * Webster Bank Arena * 5:00 PM

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The Sacred Heart women's basketball team will open the 2016-17 season this Friday at the Webster Bank Arena as they take on the Fairfield Stags at 5:00 p.m. in the 2016 Crosstown Classic.

Inside the Series

  • Fairfield leads the all-time series 10-5
  • They have only met four times in the Pioneers' 16 Division I years, in which the Stags took the first two games and the most recent, but SHU snagged the 2009 meeting 71-52
  • All Division I games between these crosstown rivals have taken place at Fairfield. The first two took place at Alumni Hall, and the most recent two at the Webster Bank Arena- -called the Arena at Harbor Yard when they played in 2009 
  • As Division II opponents, Sacred Heart claimed four victories over Fairfield, while the Stags won seven 

Last Time They Met

  • Alissa Tarsi and Hannah Kimmel cleaned up the boards for SHU pull- ing down 10 rebounds each in SHU's 61-50 loss to Fairfield University in the 2015 Crosstown Classic. Tarsi recorded the first double-double of her career leading the Pioneers and tying for a game high 17 points
  • SHU started the game red hot dom- inating the first quarter 18-11. The Pioneers jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes before the Stags got on the board with Kristin Schatzlein's triple and Kelsey Carey's layin, and there is where they stayed for the next five minutes as the Pio- neers rendered them scoreless while putting 11 points on the board
  • If the first quarter belonged to the Pioneers, the third belonged to the Stags. Fairfield opened the period on a 6-0 streak, ultimately outscoring SHU 21-11, for its first lead of the game. While Kristine Miller tallied six points on her own, the Stags held Sacred Heart to just two points before the 3:44 media timeout for a 37-26 lead 

Career Numbers vs. Fairfield

Name (GP-GS) PPG RPG APG MPG
Adaysha Williams (1-1) 15 2 1 39
Shelby Hickey (1-1) 3 4 0 29
Hannah Kimmel (1-1) 11 10 1 36
Kelcey Castro (1-1) 4 1 2 27
Tykera Carter (1-0) 0 0 0 2
Erin Storck (1-0) 0 4 0 24
Cleo Polyzou (1-0) 0 0 0 6

 

Scouting the Stags

  • Fairfield was picked to finish fourth in the MAAC Preseason Poll, exactly where they finished in the standings in 2015-16 with a 11-9 league record
  • Seniors Casey Smith and Kelsey Carey, who were the backbone of the Stags' offense last season, were both named to Preseason All- MAAC squads with Smith earning a spot on the Second Team and Carey the Third Team
  • Both Smith and Carey earned spots on the All-MAAC Third Team at the culmination of the 2015-16 regular season, but the big loss for the Stags is All-MAAC First Teamer Kristin Schatzlein who was the first Fairfield guard to receive the honor since 2008. Schatzlein led the team in 3FG percentage (.344) and FT percentage (.850), and was second in rebounding (4.5/game) and steals (1.2/game) 

SHU Against the MAAC

  • SHU is 74-64 all-time against Metro-Atlantic Athletic Confer- ence opponents
  • In addition to Fairfield, SHU will also face MAAC members Mon- mouth and Siena this season
  • SHU was 0-1 against the MAAC last season only facing Fairfield
  • The Pioneers winning records against former NEC foes and current MAAC members Quinnipiac (34-27) and Monmouth (18-11), and Saint Peter's (7-4) and Rider (2-0)
  • Other than an even 3-3 record against Siena and never facing Canisius, Marist or Niagara, SHU has losing records to every other MAAC school: Fairfield (5-9), Iona (3-6) and Manhattan (2-3) 

Pioneers in the Airwaves...
Earlier this week, SHU announced a deal with WSTC 1400AM to air all Sacred Heart men's and women's basketball home games as well as feature both head coaches on the Bruce Hall Second Opinion weekly.

The Pioneers will also be featured nationally on ESPN3 four times this season, with additional opportunities coming in the NEC Tournament. SHU's first two ESPN3 games will come on the road at Fairfield on November 11 and at Buffalo on Novem- ber 26. The Pioneers will then host an ESPN3 broadcasted game on February 20, and battle with conference rival Robert Morris on February 25 on the road as part of the NEC TV package. 

Receiving Votes
More than just the conference are expecting big things from the Pioneers this season. SHU received votes in the October 26th College Insider Women's Mid-Major Top 25 poll, and was the only NEC team to do so. 

Sitting on Top
The Pioneers were once again picked to finish atop the Northeast Conference in the league's preseason coaches poll garnering six first place votes. Also announced at NEC Basketball Social Media Day in October was the All-NEC Preseason Team on which reigning NEC Player of the Year Hannah Kimmel earned a spot. This is the second straight year that Kimmel has picked up a preseaon nod from the NEC coaches, and the first time in Mannetti's tenure that SHU was picked first in the preseason poll.