Women's Basketball Returns Home to Face Saint Joseph's on Education Day

Women's Basketball Returns Home to Face Saint Joseph's on Education Day

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FAIRFIELD, Conn.- The Sacred Heart University Women's Basketball team returns home after a two game road hiatus as the team hosts Saint Joseph's. Tip-off is set for 11:00 a.m. as the Pioneers will host an Education Day in which five schools from around the Bridgeport and Stratford areas will be in attendance. The game will be streamed live on NEC Front Row. 

 OPENING TIP

  • Sacred Heart looks to add on to it's recent win at Manhattan with a victory against Saint Joseph's at 11 a.m. Thursday.
  • The Pioneers are facing Saint Joseph's for the third time in program history as the Hawks won the last contest on Nov. 26, 2011 by a score of 63-54. The series is currently in Saint Joseph's favor at 2-0.
  • The Pioneers are scoring an average of 71.8 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 (63.8), eighth in rebounding margin (-9.4) 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 32.7% from beyond the arc.

SPREADING THE WEALTH 

HAGOOD HELPS PIONEERS 

  • Sophomore guard Adrianne Hagood had another impressive game against Manhattan as she tallied 17 points which was second best on team.
  • She made four consecutive baskets for the Pioneers racking up 10 points just in the second quarter to help put Pioneers ahead 34-21 at the end of the first half.
  • Hagood currently is third on team in points averaging 11.6 a game. 

STORCK FLYING HIGH 

  • Graduate Student Erin Storck currently is third on team in points this season with a total of 98 on the year. She is currently averaging 10.9 points per game which is fourth on the team. 

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 12.1 points a game which is the second highest on the team.

VERSUS MANHATTAN

  • SHU defeated Manhattan by a final score of 74-46. Graduate student Katherine Haines led the way with 19 points and 10 boards earning a double-double while Adrianne Hagood was right behind with 17 points going 6-12 from the field and 1-2 from beyond the arc. 

PILOTING THE PIONEERS 

  • Graduate Student Katherine Haines scored 19 points while contributing 10 rebounds and three steals against Manhattan. 
  • Sophomore Adrianne Hagood scored 17 points going 6-12 from the field and 1-2 from beyond the arc. 
  • Junior Allyson Murphy tallied 10 points and four boards as well against Manhattan. 

HAINES NAMED NEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK 

  • Graduate student Katherine Haines was named Northeast Conference Player of the Week this afternoon. Haines had her way at MAAC member Manhattan. Powering the Pioneers to a 74-46 runaway road win in Riverdale, the senior center turned in a well-rounded effort highlighted by her second double-double of the season. 

SCOUTING THE HAWKS

  • The Hawks are coming off a loss against Towson as the team lost by a final score of 73-53. The loss dropped the Hawks record to 3-7 overall on the year.
  • Senior guard Alyssa Monaghan currently leads the team in points with 131 and is first in points per game averaging 13.1 per game. She also leads the team in five stat catagories including total assists with 39.
  • From beyond the arc the player to look out for would be redshirt freshman Katie Jekot who is shooting 27.4% from beyond the arc this season which is second on the team. She is second on team in made threes with 16 this season. 

LAST TIME OUT 

  • SHU and Saint Joseph's last met on Nov. 26, 2011 on the road with the Hawks prevailing by a final score of 63-54. 
  • Norman led Sacred Heart in scoring knocking down 13 points. Taylor (10) and Koniszewski (11) also had double-digit points against the Hawks. 
  • St. Joseph's attacked first with a quick layup by Michelle Baker. It would be a couple minutes before the next bucket, a jumper by Callan Taylor (Overland Park, Kan.) to even the score. A lot of back-and-forth action made it a battle. Every basket was answered. Sacred Heart had the upper hand ahead 31-26 going into the halftime thanks to a layup and a trey by Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, N.Y.) in the last minute of the half. 
  • The second half was a different story. A jumper from senior forward Samira van Grinsven and a three from Erin Shields right out the gate tied the game back up at 31. Van Grinsven again put the ball in the basket giving the Hawks the lead. Saint Joseph's would score once more before the Pioneers could knock down their first shot of the half. 
  • Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, Calif.) got things started for the Pioneers in the second half with a jumper for two. A bucket by Morgan Merriman (Seattle, Was.) and a layup by Taylor would knot it up again, but only for 17 seconds as Saint Joe's forward Kelly Cavallo laid one in to give the Hawks back the lead 39-37 at the 14:41 mark. 
  • Sacred Heart battled their way back. Two good foul shots from sophomore Blair Koniszewski (Vienna, Va.) at 12:37 put the Pioneers up by one, their final lead of the game. 
  • Almost immediately it was Cavallo's turn to step up the charity stripe. Nailing her two shots, she gave the Hawks back the lead and started them on a 12-point run. The run would give Saint Joe's its biggest lead of the day, 12 points. 
  • The Pioneers tried to fight their way back by chipping away, but the Hawks were matching them shot-for-shot again.