Pioneers Hit the Road Thursday to Take on Hofstra

Pioneers Hit the Road Thursday to Take on Hofstra

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FAIRFIELD, Conn.- The Sacred Heart University women's basketball team is set to hit the road for a primetime matchup against Hofstra on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed on Hofstra's website. 

OPENING TIP

  • This is the second straight year SHU and Hofstra have squared off, while being the fourth game all-time again the Pride. Hofstra leads the series 3-0.
  • The Pioneers are scoring an average of 71.5 points per game when the outcome was a win for the Pioneers.
  • As a team, SHU ranks second in the NEC in scoring defense (61.0) and ranks sixth scoring offense (61.5), eighth in rebounding margin (-6.8) and sixth 3FG made/game (7.2)
  • The Pioneers as a team rank third in the NEC in three-point percentage as they rack up 36% from beyond the arc.

THE BENCH IS STRONG WITH THIS TEAM

  • The Sacred Heart bench scores an average of 14.5 points per game and proved itself a key weapon against New Hampshire as the bench tallied 21 points against the Wildcats.

STORCK FLYING HIGH 

  • Graduate student Erin Storck currently leads the Pioneers in points this season with a total of 56 on the year. She is currently averaging 14.0 points per game which is also leading the team

LEATHERWOOD LIGHTS UP

  • Redshirt senior guard Candace Leatherwood had an impressive game against Monmouth on Sunday as she racked up a game high 13 points while compiling three assists and two steals. 

MCCRAY THE SLIENT FACTOR

  • Sophomore guard Asia McCray had an impressive game against Monmouth on Sunday as she tallied eight points in just the 11 minutes she played in. 
  • She went 2-3 from the field while nailing all three of her free-throws in the game to round out the day with eight points. McCray could play a factor in Thursday's matchup as she could be a key producer off the bench. 

SCORING D HIGH NOTE FOR PIOS

  • The Pioneers are currently ranked second in the Northeast Conference in scoring defense as they tally 61.0 points which is the second lowest in the conference behind Robert Morris who averages 56.0 a game. 

FREE THROWS ARE THE WAY TO GO

  • The Pioneers have greatly improved there free throw percentage from the beginning of this year as recently in the past two games they have an average free throw percentage of 76% from the line. 
  • In the team's first two games, the Pioneers were only shooting 58.3% from the line. A 9% boost could be a difference maker in the closing minutes of the game which means free throws could be a deciding factor. 

LAST TIME OUT

Monmouth trailed 45-43 with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter before closing the game by hitting four straight field goals and going 2-for-2 at the line to pull out the win by a final score of 55-50. SHU was held under 30 percent shooting for the second straight game (27.1 percent), while the Hawks shot 38.6 percent. Monmouth held a 41-34 edge on the boards, as well as a 12-3 advantage in second chance points. Both teams scored 12 points off turnovers.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE

The Pride are coming off a five game road trip with its most recent game coming against Stetson as the Pride prevailed with a 53-50 victory to improve the team's overall record to 3-4 overall on year. Hofstra continues to rely on its two seniors Scia Cuzic and Boogie Brozoski. The two have combined for 189 total points which is 44 percent of the Pride's scoring this season and the most of any other class. A strong edge for Hofstra has been ball control this season as the team only affords 16.7 mishandles a game which is fourth in the CAA. Hofstra is tied for the third-best assist/turnover ratio, having dished out 91 assists to suffering 101 turnovers for a ratio of 0.9.

LAST MEETING

SHU and Hofstra last met on Nov. 30, 2017 at the Pitt Center with the Pride pulling out a 86-81 win. Candice Leatherwood credited her second 20-plus point game with 21 Katherine Haines tied her career-high, 23 points, in her return. Erin Storck tallied nine of her 11 points through the contest's first 10 minutes while also contributing five points, five assists, and a block. The junior also drilled three triples. After being held to just 26 points through the first three quarters, SHU scored 21 points in the fourth and final frame.Adrianne Hagood, earning her first collegiate start, finished with seven points earning five of them at the charity stripe. UNH shot 54.4 percent from the field to SHU's 31.1 percent.