Women's Basketball Aims for Fourth Straight Northeast Conference Victory on Monday

Women's Basketball Aims for Fourth Straight Northeast Conference Victory on Monday

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FAIRFIELD, Conn.- The Sacred Heart University Women's Basketball team returns home on Monday as they aim for their fourth Northeast Conference victory against Bryant on Monday night. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. and can be viewed on NEC Front Row.

OPENING TIP

  • Sacred Heart looks to continue its three game NEC winning streak after a short break as the Pioneers face Bryant at home. 
  • The Pioneers are facing Bryant for the 22nd time in program history. SHU currently leads the series 15-6.   
  • The Pioneers are scoring an average of 72.6 points per game when the outcome was a win for the Pioneers.
  • As a team, SHU ranks second in the NEC in scoring defense (62.3) and ranks fourth in scoring offense (63.0), tenth in rebounding margin (-8.2) and sixth 3FG made/game (6.2)
  • The Pioneers as a team rank fifth in the NEC in three-point percentage as they rack up 32.3% from beyond the arc.

THE BENCH CAN BRUTALIZE OPPONENTS

  • The Sacred Heart bench scores an average of 12.4 points per game and proved itself a key weapon against New Hampshire as the bench tallied 21 points against the Wildcats.

SPREADING THE WEALTH

LEATHERWOOD PACES DOUBLE-FIGURES

  • Redshirt senior Candice Leatherwood had an impressive 20 point game against Wagner on Saturday night. This was the second straight game she has scored in double-figures as she tallied 16 against LIU Brooklyn. Leatherwood now currently averages 10.7 points per game which ranks fourth on team. 

HAGOOD MAKES THE TEAM GOOD

  • Sophomore Adrianne Hagood currently is second on team in points per game as she currentley averages 12.7 points per game. 
  • Hagood tallied a career high 26 points which included five three pointers in the Pioneers win on Monday against LIU Brooklyn. She has tallied double digit scoring in the four of the past five games this season. She also tabbed a career high five made three pointers.

SHU 3-0 IN NEC PLAY WITH 80-68 WIN OVER WAGNER

  • The Sacred Heart University Women's Basketball team earned its third Northeast Conference victory of the season with a 80-68 victory over Wagner this afternoon. The Pioneers improve to 7-7 overall and 3-0 in NEC play. The Pioneers will return to action on Monday, January 14 when the Pioneers host Bryant. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m.
  • Graduate student Katherine Haines led the Pioneers with 22 points and tallied 13 boards to earn her fifth double-double of the season. Redshirt senior Candice Leatherwood was right behind with 20 points going 15-17 from the free throw line. She tallied her 500th career point at Sacred Heart in the opening minutes of the first. Sophomore Olivia Dabney tallied a career high 13 points going 3-6 from the field and 3-4 from beyond the arc. The Pioneers set a team high 90.3% shooting from the free throw line going 28-31 from the line.

PIONEERS PROVE STRONG AT THE FREE THROW LINE

  • The Pioneers shot a team high 90.3% from the free throw line in Saturday's win against Wagner on Saturday. As a team, SHU went 28-31 from the line. 

HAINES TALLIES FIFTH DOUBLE-DOUBLE OF SEASON

  • Graduate student Katherine Haines Haines had another huge day for the Pioneers in the 80-68 victory over Wagner on Saturday. 
  • The Graduate Student tallied 22 points with 13 boards to earn her fifth double-double of the season.
  • Haines currently leads the team in points per game with 15.0 while also leading the team in rebounds per game with 9.1.

DABNEY SCORES CAREER HIGH AGINAST WAGNER

  • Sophomore Olivia Dabney scored a career high 13 points in the 80-68 victory over Wagner on Saturday. Dabney went 3-6 from the filed while going 3-4 from beyond the arc. She also went 4-4 from the free throw line.   
  • Dabney currently leads the NEC in three point percentage ranking up 44.8% from three point land.  

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS

  • The Bulldogs are coming off their second Northeast Conference victory of the season as they defeated Mount Saint Mary's by a final score of 73-68. With the win the Bulldogs improved to 4-10 on the year and 2-1 in NEC play. 
  • Junior guard Sydney Holloway currently leads the team in points per game as she averages 18.4 a game. She also currently leads the team in field goals per game as she is currently 7.1 a game. 
  • Bryant currently ranks fifth in the NEC in scoring offense tallying 62.2 points per game while the Bulldogs rank seventh in the NEC in scoring defense holding opponets to 71.7 points a game. 
  • From the field, the Bulldogs are led by sophomore Brooke Bjelko who is currently shooting 50.0% from the field. 
  • On the defensive front Bryant is led by redshirt senior guard Naomi Ashleyr who averages 1.9 steals a game. 
  • Bryant currently out-rebounds its opponetts 41.8 to 37.6 a game.