Women's Hoops Hosts Brown in Home Opener Monday

Women's Hoops Hosts Brown in Home Opener Monday

SACRED HEART (1-0, 0-0 NEC) VS BROWN (1-0, 0-0 IVY)

GAME 2 * Fairfield, Conn. * Coach Bike Court at the William H. Pitt Center * 7:00 PM

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The Sacred Heart women's basketball team comes home Monday after their season opening win over Fairfield to host Brown in the 2016-17 home opener.

Inside the Series...

  • This is the eighth time in program history the Pioneers have faced off against the Brown University Bears
  • With the Bears handing SHU a 66-56 loss in 2014, Brown leads the all-time series 3-4
  • Brown has won the last two meetings
  • All eight games between the teams have come during SHU's Division I era
  • Sacred Heart is 2-1 when hosting Brown in the William H. Pitt Center

Last Time They Met...

  • Alissa Tarsi led the Pioneers with a then career-best 18 points as SHU fell to Brown 66-56 in the opening game of the 2014 Brown Classic.
  • With seven seconds remaining in the half, Elise Sharp broke the score in Brown's favor with a layup. With just seconds left, a called foul on Hannah Kimmel, who tallied 11 points in the game, sent Sophie Bikofsky to the line for two. Making them both, the senior sent the Bears into the break with a 33-29 lead
  • Sacred Heart came out on fire starting the second half with eight straight points. The Pioneers held the Bears scoreless for nearly the first four minutes
  • Despite SHU not allowing a field goal until 14:40, the Bears worked their way back in the game and took a 41-49 lead thanks to a 7-0 run before the 11:55 media timeout
  • Hickey knotted the score at 41 with a jumper, but that didn't stop the Brown offense who extended its lead to 10 points, 57-47

Scouting the Bears...

  • Brown is also coming off a win. In their season opener, the Bears took down Howard, 83-78, in a high-scoring affair
  • The Bears were picked to finish seventh in the Ivy League preseason poll
  • Under third-year head coach Sarah Behn, Brown returns three of its top four scorers and three of its top four rebounders from a season ago, including sophomore guard Shayna Mehta, the unanimous 2016 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
  • Mehta headlines the Bears' backcourt after averaging 13.6 points per game a season ago and ranking in the top five in the Ivy League in 3-point field goal percentage (41.6 percent) and steals per game (1.8)

SHU Against the Ivy...

  • This will be the first time SHU takes on an Ivy League member since the last time they faced Brown in December 2014
  • The Pioneers are 26-19 all-time against the Ivy League thanks in large part to owning the all-time series with Yale 13-4
  • This is the first of two Ivy League opponents the Pioneers will face this year. At the end of the month, on November 29, SHU will host Harvard
  • Sacred Heart has winning records against Yale (13-4), Columbia (5-4) and Princeton (3-1), and losing records against Brown (3-4), Cornell (0-1), Dartmouth (0-2) and Harvard (2-3) without ever having faced Penn

Career Numbers vs. Brown...

Adaysha Williams (1-1) 6 2 3 38
Shelby Hickey (1-1) 5 7 3 35
Hannah Kimmel (1-1) 11 7 1 27
Kelcey Castro (1-0) 3 2 0 10

SHU In Home Openers...
The Pioneers are 11-6 in their home openers during the Division I era and 5-5 in the last 10 years. 

Haines' Strong Return...
After missing the 2015-16 season due to an injury, Katherine Haines made her return to the lineup Friday night. The r-sophomore took over the post position left vacant by Alissa Tarsi's graduation, and didn't miss a beat. Haines set two new career highs leading the game with 18 points, and tying with a team leading six rebounds

Bragging Rights...
The Pioneers took home town bragging rights with Friday night's 56-44 win over the Fairfield Stags. This marked the first time since 2009 Sacred Heart has beaten its crosstown rival.