Katherine Haines (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) powered the Pioneers to a two-game sweep during NEC Opening Weekend to earn the first NEC Player of the Week honor of her career. The sophomore forward reached double figures in both points and rebounds during each of Sacred Heart's two victories. Going up against two teams which, according to the preseason coaches' poll, are expected to challenge the Pioneers for the top spot in the NEC standings, Haines averaged 14.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest while shooting 58 percent from the floor.
In a rematch of the 2016 NEC Championship Game, the Garden State product opened the league schedule by notching her first career double-double. Haines tallied 14 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in a 69-59 triumph over defending champion Robert Morris. The 6-foot-2 forward recorded a second double-double two days later. She contributed 14 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and three assists in a 73-63 victory over Saint Francis U. Haines, who missed the entire 2015-16 season due to injury, upped her season scoring average to 9.8 points per contest last week.