SACRED HEART (8-9, 5-1 NEC) VS WAGNER (1-16, 0-6)
GAME 18 * Fairfield, CT.* *William H. Pitt Center*
The Sacred Heart women's basketball team is on a three game winning streak, recently defeating the Terriers of St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday 81-74. SHU is back at home Saturday to take on the Seahawks of Wagner for their second game of the season, with the first match up ending in Sacred Heart's favor 70-56. The Pioneers hold a 5-1 record in the NEC and are tied for the second spot in the rankings. The Pioneers come off a four game road streak, grabbing wins in three of the four matchups.
- Wagner comes into Saturday's NEC competition owning a 1-11 record after the non-conference slate. The Recently opened up NEC play taking on Central Connecticut where they lost 66-53
- The Seahawks have been on a six game losing streak since starting NEC play
- Going into Saturdays contest the Seahawks don't lead any major categories in the NEC. Although Kellie Crouch sits second in the NEC in 3-Point Field Goals made this season averaging 2.35 per game
Inside the Series...
- SHU leads the all-time series with Wagner 25-9, and currently have a six game winning streak after sweeping the Seahawks the last four seasons
- Sacred Heart just squeaked by the Seahawks in their first match up of the year despite trailing at the half, to pull out a 70-56 win
- The match-up sits at 6-0, in the past three seasons. The last time Wagner picked up a victory over the Pioneers was 1/13/14 in a regular season game that ended 79-70
- SHU's Adaysha Williams, and Kimmel have started in all seven games against the Seahawks the past four seasons and have yet to lose
SHU Against the NEC...
- The Pioneers are 215-93 against Northeast Conference opponents all-time, and 204-71 during the Division I era
- Sacred Heart has winning records against all league foes, posting winning records against Bryant (14-10), Central Connecticut (30-17), Fairleigh Dickinson (27-3), LIU Brooklyn (18-16), Mount St. Mary's (29-5), Robert Morris (23-10), St. Francis Brooklyn (27-12), Saint Francis U (22-11) and Wagner (25-9)
- SHU is the only team to make the NEC Tournament every year while a member of the league dating back to the 1999-00 season
Name (GP-GS) PPG RPG APG MPG
Adaysha Williams (7-7) 13.0 3.0 3.9 32.8
Hannah Kimmel (7-7) 16.0 9 1.7 31.9
Shelby Hickey (7-2) 4.2 1.3 1.3 22.4
Kelcey Castro (3-3) 14.4 1.8 2.7 33.0
Tykera Carter (4-0) 2.4 1.1 .8 12.2
Erin Storck (3-0) 4.5 3.8 .5 24
Katherine Haines (3-1) 9.6 6 1.3 19.5
Kimmel vs. The Seahawks...
Hannah Kimmel has posted double digit scoring against the Seahawks in all seven games, averaging 16 PPG. She has recorded a double-double in four of the seven games taking on Wagner, averages just shy with nine rebounds. She has recorded double-digits scoring in five of the six NEC games, and lead the Pioneers in their last contest with 28 points against the Terriers.
SHU at Home...
The Pioneers are now 3-3 at home this season. Sacred Heart traditionally has had great success in the William H. Pitt Center boasting a .717 (218-86) winning percentage. While never posting a losing record at home since the building's opening in 1997, the Pioneers' went undefeated at home twice in 2003-04 (14-0) and 2005-06 (15-0). SHU is 15-6 (.714) when hosting an NEC Tournament game, and have won all three titles on its home floor.
The Sacred Heart starting five has showed great success in putting points on the board. For the sixth game in a row, SHU has had at least two Pioneers post double digits points. Hannah Kimmel recently put up 28 points against St. Francis Brooklyn, 19 coming in the first half of play. Katherine Haines was the other Pioneer posting 19 points to help seal a victory over the Terriers of St. Francis Brooklyn 81-74.
Katherine Haines and Hannah Kimmel has made a statement since the start of NEC play. Kimmel is leading the team with averaging 15.2 PPG in NEC play, while Haines is a close second averaging 14.5 PPG. The Duo also leading SHU with Kimmel averaging 8.7 RPG, and Haines leading the team with 9.0 RPG.
Sacred Heart's Hannah Kimmel continues to climb up the record books. After Kimmels latest 28 point game, she now sits 6th all time in career points with 1,550 passing Kaitlin Sowinski (1,541)