SACRED HEART (2-2, 0-0 NEC) VS BUFFALO (4-0, 0-0 MAC)
GAME 5 * Buffalo, N.Y. * Alumni Arena * 2:00 PM
The Sacred Heart women's basketball team concludes its three-game road trip this Saturday at Buffalo for a matchup with the Bulls at 2:00 p.m. in Aluni Arena. The Pioneers are hoping to ride the momentum of Wednesday's win to hand Buffalo its first loss of the season.
Inside the Series...
- This is just the third meeting ever between Sacred Heart and Buffalo and second as NCAA Division I opponents
- Saturday marks the first time that SHU has traveled to Buffalo as the first two contests both took place in the William H. Pitt Center
- Last year, in their first DI matchup, the Bulls took home a 66-53 win from Fairfield
- The first time they met on Dec. 6, 1990 during SHU's Division II era, the Pioneers fell 74-66 to the Bulls at home in the Williams H. Pitt Center
Last Time They Met...
- Alissa Tarsi and Kelcey Castro led the Pioneers with 10 points each as the Sacred Heart fell to the State University of New York Buffalo 66-53 in the 2015-16 non-conference finale. Tarsi shot .444 (4-9) from the floor and pulled down seven rebounds as SHU completed the non-conference schedule 2-9
- Buffalo outscored the Pioneers by nine points in both of the first quarters, but SHU came back to win the third and fourth quarters 12-11 and 19-15 respectively
- While the teams were even in most categories, Buffalo was more efficient, outshooting the Pioneers 42.4% to 29.7%
Scouting the Bulls...
- Buffalo comes into Saturday's matchup riding a four-game win streak and are currently undefeated this season as they narrowly defeated Duquesne 71-69 Tuesday night
- The defending Mid-American Conference champion University at Buffalo women's basketball team was been picked to finish second in the MAC East division
- The Bulls return Stephanie Reid and JoAnna Smith who earned preseason All-MAC honors
- Rookie Summer Hemphill has been a standout so far this season leading the team with 7.5 rebounds per game and shooting 69.6% from the floor, and is second on the team with 9.5 points per game
SHU Against the MAC...
- Buffalo is the only Mid-American Conference team Sacred Heart has ever faced making the Pioneers 0-2 against the MAC
- SHU has never played against Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Easter Michigan, Kent State, Miami, North- ern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo or Western Michigan
Hannah Finds Her Shot...
After getting off to, what is for the reigning NEC Player of the Year, a slow start this season, Hannah Kimmel found her shot again at Binghamton putting 30 points on the board. The total marks a season high for the r-senior, who fell just three points shy of her career high, and the first time since she tallied 33 at Villanova December 20, 2014 that a Pioneer has reached 30 points.
Setting New Highs...
A trio of Pioneers set new career or season highs against the Bearcats. Adaysha Williams and Erin Storck both set new personal bests with 22 and 15 points respectively. Meanwhile, Hannah Kimmel, who led the game with 30 points, tallied a season-high falling just three points shy of her career best.
The Countdown to 1,000...
The countdown to 1,000 career points is on for Adaysha Williams. With 22 points against Binghamton Wednesday, the senior eclipsed the 900 career points marker bringing her total to 912.
The Pioneers knocked down 29 of their 57 shots at Binghamton posting their highest field goal percentage, .509, of the season.