Pioneers Set for Wednesday Matinee at Providence

Pioneers Set for Wednesday Matinee at Providence

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Riding a two-game winning streak, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team will look to keep the momentum rolling on Wednesday with a matinee matchup at Providence. A paid live stream of the game will be available on Friars All-Access at Friars.com (subscription based). Tip-off is set for noon.


OPENING TIP

•  Sacred Heart will look for its third straight win Wednesday afternoon with a matchup at Providence.

•  SHU has won its three in a row over the Friars, with the most recent coming last December at the Pitt Center.

•  As a team, SHU ranks second in the NEC in scoring offense (68.0) and scoring defense (62.7), and fourth in both rebounding margin (-2.7) and 3FG made/game (8.3).

•  SHU is shooting 52.9 percent (18-for-34) from three-point range over the last two games.

HAINES PICKING UP AWARDS

  • Katherine Haines was named the NEC Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 19 after nearly averaging a double-double in two games, and was instrumental in leading SHU to a 2-0 week. Her 18.5 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game, .552 field goal percentage, .750 three-point field goal percentage, and three total blocks all led the team.
  • Against UNH, she had a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds on 10-of-16 shooting and a career-high three three-pointers (3-for-4). She also added two blocks, two assists and one steal.

LIVING OUTSIDE

  • Sacred Heart hit 11 threes on 11/18 at New Hampshire, their most since they connected on 16 from beyond the arc against St. Francis Brooklyn on 3/5/2017.

CAREER NIGHT FOR MURPHY

  • Allyson Murphy set new career-highs with 12 points, three steals at UNH on Sunday. She also tied her career-high with four rebounds.

LEADING LADIES

  • SHU has several players ranking among the top five in the NEC in several categories, including:
    - PPG: Storck (4th/15.7) and Haines (5th/15.3)
    - FG%. Haines (5th/.533)
    - 3FG%: Leatherwood (3rd/.545), Storck (5th/.500), Dabney (5th/.500)


STORCK STEP UP AGAIN?

  • The last time SHU played Providence last December, Erin Storck scored a career-high 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting.
  • Storck has scored in double figures in all three game so far this season, ranking fourth in the NEC with 15.7 ppg.

 

SECOND QUARTER SURGE

  • Sacred Heart shot 48 percent in the 2nd-thru-4th quarters against Siena on Nov. 13 after going just 4-of-14 in the first.
  • SHU shot at least 60 percent in both the second and fourth quarters.

SPREADING THE WEALTH

  • The Pios had four players score in double figures for second time in the last for games vs. Siena - (Storck- 17, Haines- 14, Leatherwood- 12 and Davis -11). Four Pios scored in double figures against Bryant in the NEC Quarterfinals.

BIG DAY FOR DAVIS

  • Sophomore Jayla Davis scored 11 points (one shy of her career-high) on 3-of-3 shooting off the bench against Siena. She connected on her first-career three-pointer and hit a career-best four free throws.

FINISHING STRONG

  • Sacred Heart has averaged 24.5 points in the fourth quarter through its first two games, and outscored UMass and Siena 49-29 in the fourth quarters.

AT UMASS

  • After struggling to connect in the second quarter (1-for-13), SHU turned things around in the second half by connecting on 48.3 percent (14-for-29) of their field goals.
  • SHU also rebounded by committing only three turnovers in the second half, after a dozen giveaways in the opening 20 minutes.

SCOUTING PROVIDENCE

  • The Pioneers and Friars will be meeting for the fifth time on Wednesday, and for the second straight year.

Sacred Heart leads the all-time series 3-1, winning each of the last three matchups.

  • Providence is off to an 0-2 start this year, losing to Quinnipiac and Penn State by a combined six points.
  • After leading for most of the game, PC fell at Penn State 74-72 after getting outscored 23-9 in the fourth quarter.
  • PC fell to then-mid-mjor No. 1 Quinnpiac 48-44 in their most recent game on Thursday in their home opener.
  • Jovana Novic is the lone Friar scoring in double figures (12.0 ppg). Maddie Jolin averages 9.5 ppg and Kaela Webb is scoring 9.0 ppg.
  • Providence has had a balanced scoring attack so far in 2018, with six players scoring at least six per game through the first two games.

LAST TIME OUT VS. PROVIDENCE

  • SHU and Providence squared off last season on December 9, 2017 at the Pitt Center, where SHU won its third straight matchup in the series with a 78-75 win.
  • SHU jumped out to a 23-16 lead after one quarter before Providence cut it to 35-33 at halftime.
  • Providence outscored SHU 25-24 in the third quarter to trail by just one entering the fourth where Providence held a 72-70 lead with two minutes remaining.
  • Katherine Haines tied the game at 72-all with 1:59 left, and Erin Storck answered a Providence three-pointer with a basket to make it 75-74. Candice Leatherwood bounced home a lay in underneath to put SHU on top by one, then Haines rejected a shot on the defensive end to preserve te lead. Tykera Carter hit two free throws for SHU with 10 seconds left to help secure the win.
  • Storck netted a career-high 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting for SHU, with Carter (16), Leatherwood (14) and Haines (12) all scoring in double figures.
  • Jovana Novic led Providence with 24 points on 7-of-21 shooting. Ny'Dajah Jackson scored 11 points on 5-for-5 from the field, and Maddie Jolin scored nine.
  • SHU outshot Providence 49.1 percent - 41.3 percent.
  • Providence outrebounded SHU by seven, 37-30.

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