Women's Basketball Heads to Big Apple for Sunday Matchup at Manhattan

Women's Basketball Heads to Big Apple for Sunday Matchup at Manhattan

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FAIRFIELD, Conn.- The Sacred Heart University Women's Basketball team will head to the Big Apple this Sunday for a afternoon showdown against Manhattan. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and can be viewed on gojaspers.com. 

OPENING TIP

  • The Pioneers are facing Manhattan for the seventh time in program history as the Pioneers won last years contest on Nov. 15, 2017 by a score of 65-61. The series is currently tied 3-3. 
  • The Pioneers are scoring an average of 71.0 points per game when the outcome was a win for the Pioneers.
  • As a team, SHU ranks second in the NEC in scoring defense (64.0) and ranks fourth scoring offense (62.5), eighth in rebounding margin (-10.0) and seventh 3FG made/game (6.1)
  • The Pioneers as a team rank fifth in the NEC in three-point percentage as they rack up 32.5% from beyond the arc.

LEATHERWOOD LIGHTS UP

  • Redshirt senior Candice Leatherwood scored a career high 31 points for the Pioneers against Lehigh on Dec. 8, 2018. She also tallied a career high in three point baskets made with four.She currently averages 12.8 points a game which is the second highest on the team.

HAINES HELPS PIONEERS

  • Graduate forward Katherine Haines returned to action against Stony Brook on Tuesday night and while the Pioneers did fall to the Seawolves it was good to see Haines back in action. 
  • Haines currently is first on team on points averaging 13.0 a game. In the match against New Hampshire, Haines tallied 23 points on and shooting 3-4 from beyond the arc and 10-16 from the field. She went 7-7 from the free throw line against Lehigh as well.

SCARBOROUGH PROMOTED TO ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH

  • Sacred Heart University head women's basketball coach Jessica Mannetti announced the promotion of Dave Scarborough to Associate Head Coach, effective immediately. Scarborough is a rising star within the women's basketball coaching ranks.

AGAINST LEHIGH

  • SHU fell to Lehigh by a final score of 70-66. A late fourth quarter comeback by the Pioneers brought the team within just three points of tying the game before the conclusion of the fourth quarter.
  • Redshirt senior Candice Leatherwood scored a career high 31 points, shooting 12-20 from the field while firing 4-7 from beyond the arc. Graduate student Katherine Haines was second on team in points tallying 14 on the day shooting 3-11 from the field and 1-3 from three point land. She also went 7-7 from the free throw line.

SCOUTING THE JASPERS

  • The Jaspers are coming off a loss against Weber State concluding the Jaspers home tournment. The team lost by a final score of 60-44.  The loss dropped the Jaspers record to 2-7 overall on the year. 
  • Sophomore center Courtney Warley currently leads the team in points with 71 and is second in points per game averaging 7.9 per game. She also leads the team in nine stat catagories including defensive rebounds avergaing 4.0 a game. 
  • From beyond the arc the player to look out fo would be graduate Candela Abejon who is shooting 38.7% from beyond the arc this season which is second on the team. She leads the team in three point attempts per game with 3.4

LAST TIME OUT

  • SHU and Manhattan last met on Nov. 15, 2017 at home with the Pioneers pulling out a 65-61 win.
  • Leatherwood netted a team-high 23 points on 58.3-percent accompanied by seven rebounds. Haines recorded a double-double, her first of the season, comprised of 16 points and 13 boards. 
  • Tykera Carter flirted with one herself adding eight points but pulling down 11 boards. Erin Storck erupted for a career-high 17 points collecting 15 through the first half of play on 6-for-10 shooting.
  • Grimme put up 32 points amassing over 1,000 points to her career and 13 rebounds. Tatum netted 15 points while Julie Hoier picked up four rebounds on each end of the floor for eight total.
  • Following a tightly contested battle through the first 27 minutes of action, Candice Leatherwood opened up a third-quarter six-point advantage, the largest by any team, on a hard take to the cup absorbing the contact and earning a trip to the line. There, she would complete the old-fashioned three with 3:17 to play in the period, up 47-41.
  • Manhattan began to combat the Pioneers' lead as the fourth quarter commenced before a layup from Kayla Grimme erased what stood of the SHU advantage, 52-51, at the 7:33 mark. Nyasha Irizary connected from deep capitalizing on the six-point lead and Grimme encouraged the buffer with 5:30 to go.
  • From there, Leatherwood netted the mid-range shot off-balanced making it a two-possession game with 4:21 remaining. Momentous, Leatherwood caught the ball left off-the-mark from Grimme and knocked down a trey on the other end bringing the hosts within one, 59-58.
  • Amani Tatum and Katherine Haines traded buckets before both teams played to their eighth tie, 61-up with just over a minute remaining. At that point, SHU froze its opponents' scoring en-route to its first win of the season.