SACRED HEART (2-4, 0-0 NEC) VS HARTFORD (6-2, 0-0 America East)
GAME 7 * West Hartford, Conn. * Chase Arena * 2:00 PM
The Pioneers hope to start the month of December on a high note when they travel to in-state rival Hartford Sunday afternoon.After dropping its last two contests, Sacred Heart is looking to halt the Hawks' three-game win streak by taking home the W.
Inside the Series...
- Hartford leads the series 8-5 after the Pioneers came up just short in last year's matchup, losing 68-67
- The series dates back to Dec. 14, 1976 when SHU dominated the Hawks 74-40
- All five of Sacred Heart's win came during the Division II era (before 1999) when SHU was 5-1 against Hartford
- Since joining the Division I ranks, the Pioneers are winless against Hartford, 0-7.
Last Time They Met...
- Adaysha Williams landed a deep three at the buzzer, but it wasn't enough as the SHU lost a heartbreaker to Hartford 68-67 in the 2015-16 season opener
- In a dead even game, it all came down to the fourth quarter. Starting the period with a 47-46 advantage, Hartford went on an 8-2 run to open the period. Putting up the first four unanswered points, the Hawks forced SHU Head Coach Jessica Mannetti to call a timeout. The break failed to slow down the Hawk offense as Jalay Knowles tacked on two more points before Hannah Kimmel scored the first points of the period for SHU
- The Hawks scored four more before a foul shot from Shelby Hickey seemed to turn the Pioneers' game around. Her shot brought SHU within 10 of catching Hartford before Alissa Tarsi tacked on another two points with a layup. With just under two minutes to play, Erin Storck intercepted a Hartford pass and dished it up court to Kimmel, who laid it in on the fast break sparking an 8-2 run that narrowed the gap to just two points, 64-62
- Four free throws for Deanna Mayza made the difference in the game's final minute, as Kimmel and Williams combined for five points, just one shy of sending the game into overtime
Scouting the Hawks...
- Hartford comes into Sunday's contest on a three-game win streak that has helped them improve to 6-2 on the season
- The Hawks only two losses have come to Florida Gulf Coast, 70-63, and Providence, 77-65. Both were at home as Hartford is 2-2 when playing in the Chase Arena this year
- Hartford, who finished sixth in the America East last year, was picked seventh in this year's preseason poll
- The Hawks return America East Preseason All-Conference selection Deanna Mayza, who currently leads the team with 15.0 points per game
SHU Against the America East...
- SHU is 49-55 all-time agaisnt America East opponents
- Earlier this season, the Pioneers topped Binghamton 77-69 in their first of three America East matchups of the season
- Sacred Heart went 1-3 against America East last season with the one win being against Binghamton
- The Pioneers hold winning records over Albany (9-6), Binghamton (6-2), Maine (2-0), UMBC (6-2), and Stony Brook (11-5), while having losing records against Hartford (5-7), UMass Lowell (8-28), New Hampshire (1-2) and Vermont (1-2)
Career Numbers vs. Hartford...
|Adaysha Williams (3-3)||13.67||4.0||1.67||33.3|
|Shelby Hickey (3-2)||4.0||2.67||0.67||15.67|
|Hannah Kimmel (3-3)||8.67||6.33||1.0||25.0|
|Kelcey Castro (1-0)||2||2||2||25|
|Tykera Carter (2-0)||1.0||0.67||0.67||6.0|
|Katherine Haines (1-0)||2||5||0||8|
|Cleo Polyzou (1-0)||3||4||0||16|
|Erin Storck (1-0)||3||2||3||26|
Knocking 'em Down from Downtown...
The Pioneers combined to make a season high 12 three-pointers Tuesday night against Harvard. Going 12 for 29 from beyond the arc, SHU shot 41.4% for its best three-point field goal percentage of the season. Ten of those triples were split between Hannah Kimmel and Erin Storck. The r-senior tied a career high knocking down six, while the sophomore drained a personal best four.
Castro Comes off the Bench...
After missing a couple games due to a mild injury, Kelcey Castro made her return to the court coming off the bench in Tuesday night's game against Harvard. In 21 minutes of play, she scored a season-best 13 points, accounting for the majority of SHU's 18 points off the bench.
Moving up the All-Time List...
Tying her personal best with six triples, Hannah Kimmel moved up another spot on the Pioneers' all-time list for three-point field goals made. The r-senior bumped down former teammate Gabrielle Washington to take ownership of the two spot. Heading into Sunday's game against Hartford with 186, Kimmel needs 70 more to claim the top spot with 56.
Trio of Scorers...
Three Pioneers reached double-figure scoring Tuesday night. Hannah Kimmel led the way with 23 points, while Erin Storck and Kelcey Castro tallied 13 each. This marked the third time this season SHU saw three players post 10 or more points, and are currently 1-2 on the occassion.