SACRED HEART (2-5, 0-0 NEC) VS MONMOUTH (2-5, 0-0 MAAC)
GAME 8 * Fairfield, Conn. * Coach Bike Court at the William H. Pitt Center * 6:00 PM
The Sacred Heart women's basketball team takes on an old foe Thursday evening when the Monmouth Hawks come to town. This marks the first time the two teams will face each other in four years, since Monmouth moved from the Northeast Conference to the MAAC prior to the 2013-14 season. Both teams come into Thursday's contest in the hunt for their third win of the season.
Inside the Series...
- Rivalry renewed as the Pioneers take on the Monmouth Hawks for the first time since Monmouth made the move to the MAAC in 2013-14
- The Pioneers are 18-11 all-time against Monmouth
- All but one of the previous meetings came as conference foes when the Hawks were also members of the NEC. Monmouth took the one matchup prior to Sacred Heart joining the NEC
- SHU faced the Hawks five times in the NEC Tournament. The Pioneers are 3-2 in those games, which includes Sacred Heart's win in the 2012 championship game
Scouting the Hawks...
- Monmouth comes into Thursday's game looking to snap a two game losing streak, having lost its two most recent games to league opponents Niagara and Canisius
- Sacred Heart is the third NEC team the Hawks will face this season after they opened the season with a win over Robert Morris, followed by a loss to St. Francis Brooklyn
- Monmouth tied for seventh in the MAAC Preseason Poll after finishing last year in a three-way tie for fourth place with a 11-9 conference record
Last Time They Met...
- Gabrielle Washington, the NEC Ruby Tuesday's player of the game, racked up 24 points in the 2013 rematch of the previous year's Northeast Conference Championship game. Much like that game, Sacred Heart came away with the win, topping Monmouth 56-42
- Monmouth's Carly Thibault opened the game with a trey, giving the Hawks their only lead of the game. A brief lead at that as Washington put SHU on the board with a three just 20 seconds later. After exchanging points and the score tying at five and seven, Evans kicked off a 9-2 Pioneer-run boosting SHU to a 16-9 lead
- Both teams added a triple to the scoreboard before the halftime buzzer, sending Sacred Heart into the break up just three 28-25
- The Pioneers opened the second half with a 13-0point run, but what was more impressive was how the SHU defense held the Hawks scoreless for nearly the first 10 minutes of the half, not allowing them a basket until Alysha Womack landed a jumper with 11:27 on the clock
- Sacred Heart's lead peaked at 20 points with 5:25 left in the game when Washington laid one in, putting the Pioneers up 52-32. Monmouth put an 8-2 run together in the last four minutes of the game, but it was not enough to catch the Pioneers, who went on to win it 56-42.
SHU Against the MAAC...
- SHU is 75-64 all-time against Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents
- Monmouth is the second of three MAAC opponents SHU will face this year after beating Fairfield 56-44 in the season opener
- Next week, Sacred Heart will host Siena in its final home non-conference game of the 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 (6-9), Iona (3-6) and Manhattan (2-3)
SHU at Home...
The Pioneers are still in the hunt for their first win of the season on Coach Bike Court as they head into Thursday's contest 0-2 at home having lost to Brown 80-66 and Harvard 68-60 earlier this season.
Kimmel Seeing Double...
For the third time this season, Hannah Kimmel recorded a double-double at Hartford with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Sunday marked her fourth straight game reaching double-digit scoring, and her fifth overall this season.
Hitting Their Shots...
Sacred Heart shot 52.8% from the floor through the first three quarters in Sunday's game against Hartford landing 19 of 36 shots, and 47.7% overall for the game. The high came in the second period when the Pioneers knocked down 63.6% (7-11) of their shots for their highest period total of 21 points. This was just the third time this season that SHU shot 40% or better from the field, both previous times resulted in wins.
Crashing the Boards...
Hannah Kimmel and Katherine Haines accounted for nearly two-thirds of the Pioneers' rebounds against Hartford combining for 18. Totaling 10 and eight respectively, the duo grabbed 64.2% of SHU's 28 boards, as both teams shot well from the field resulting in just 60 combined rebounds in the game.
The Countdown to 1,000...
The countdown to 1,000 career points is on for Adaysha Williams. With 9 points against Fairfield in the season-opener, the senior eclipsed the 900 career point marker, and has since tallied 83 points this season bringing her career total to 980 going into Thursday's game against Monmouth.