Basketball Legends To Be Honored At Saturday Double-Header

The Sacred Heart University Department of Athletics has a full slate of events scheduled for the Saturday, March 1 basketball double-header.  Both teams will be celebrating Senior Day at the William H. Pitt Center on Saturday, as well as halftime ceremonies honoring Amanda Pape ’07 and Dave Bike.

The women’s team is hosting Long Island University Brooklyn in an NEC contest at 1 p.m., which will be followed with the men’s regular season finale versus Central Connecticut State University at 3:30 p.m.  The women will honor four seniors; Enjoli Bland (Queen Creek, Ariz.), Blair Koniszewski (Vienna, Va.) Elise Lorenz (Santa Margarita, Calif.), and Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, Calif.) and the men will salute their two seniors; Mostafa Abdel Latif (Alexandria, Egypt) and Louis Montes (Brockton, Mass.), prior to the start of their respective games.

Pape, the 2006 Northeast Conference Player of the Year, will be honored at halftime of the women’s game for her induction into the NEC Hall of Fame this season. She led the Pioneers to back-to-back NEC regular season championships in 2006 and 2007 and was the tournament MVP in 2006 when Sacred Heart won its first postseason tournament and earned a berth to the NCAA tournament.

The program’s all-time leading scorer, Pape finished her playing career with 2,045 points.  She set single-season school marks in scoring, free throws and steals as a junior, capped by a 25-point, 14-rebound performance in the NEC title game victory over Quinnipiac.

Bike spent 35 seasons as the Pioneers’ head men’s basketball coach and will have the Pitt Center playing floor named in his honor on Saturday when it is officially christened ‘Coach Bike Court’ at halftime.  Bike led Sacred Heart to 530 wins during his career, including the 1986 NCAA Division II National Championship.

The 1986 NABC National Coach of the Year, Bike coached the Pioneers to five consecutive NCAA Division II Regional Championships, and seven consecutive appearances in the title game during the 1980’s.  During his tenure Bike coached six NABC All-Americans and had three players earn Regional Player of the Year honors.

Tickets for both games are available in the Pitt Center lobby beginning at noon on Saturday.

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