The Sacred Heart women's basketball team officially announced
its 29-game schedule as the Pioneers tip-off the 2010-11 campaign
November 12th at home against Saint Peter's. Ed
Swanson will lead the Pioneers on the sidelines as he enters
his 21st season as head coach. Joining him on the bench will
be Lauren Hall-Gregory, returning for her fourth season as an
assistant coach, along with new assistant coaches Jen Wedo and
Jenna McLaughlin. Sacred Heart completed the 2009-10 season
with a 19-11 record, finishing third in the Northeast
The Pioneers will gear up for the bulk of the NEC schedule with
11 non-conference opponents. After the season opener SHU plays at
home Tuesday, November 16th in the first ever meeting with Saint
Joseph's as the Hawks come to the William H. Pitt Center. The
Pioneers then take to the road, heading north for a chance to
avenge a home loss last season in a meeting with in-state rival
Hartford. Other return match-ups from last year include a
November 8th date at Yale, November 12th at home against Siena, and
November 22nd on the road versus Harvard.
SHU will have a busy Thanksgiving break as the red and white travel to the Bahamas to compete in the Travelers Junkanoo Jam November 26-27. The Pioneers open the tournament the day after Thanksgiving taking on SEC opponent Auburn. The outcome of that game will determine Sacred Heart's next opponent, which will be either Seton Hall or Boston College. After the trip the Pioneers will return home and get ready for a December 1st date with Albany, SHU won the last clash between the two sides in 2007-08.
Connecticut basketball fans across the state will have December 5th circled on the calendar as Sacred Heart travels to Hartford to take on the two-time defending national champion Huskies at the XL Center. This will be the second meeting of the two sides, the first coming back in the 2006-07 campaign. The Pioneers conclude the non-conference portion of the schedule just before the new year as St. Bonaventure travels to Fairfield for Sacred Heart's first ever tilt with the Bonnies.
The Pioneers begin the drive for a second league title in three seasons as the Northeast Conference schedule opens in early December. The NEC schedule will revert back to its format from two seasons ago with league games to be played on Saturday afternoons and Monday nights. The Pioneer schedule features home and away match-ups with Bryant, Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Quinnipiac, and Wagner. Sacred Heart avoids the long trip to western Pennsylvania playing Robert Morris and Saint Francis (PA) each once at home. One road game against both St. Francis (NY) and Long Island rounds out the Pioneers NEC slate.
The Northeast Conference will again feature "rivalry week" in which each team plays back-to-back contests with a designated rival. Sacred Heart swept both games of rivalry week last season over Quinnipiac as SHU posted a pair of double digit victories. The Pioneers and Bobcats meet again this season on February 12th at the Pitt Cetner and November 14th at the TD Bank Sports Center.
The final change of the 2010-11 season will alter the post season format, in 2008-09 and 2009-10 the first two rounds of the championship were hosted at a neutral site. This year every game in the tournament will be hosted by the high seed. The NEC championship, and automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, will be decided March 13th, one day before Selection Monday.
2010-11 Women's Basketball schedule
November – SAINT PETER'S (12th), SAINT JOSEPH'S (16th), at Hartford (22nd), vs. Auburn (26th), vs. Boston College/Seton Hall (27th)
December – ALBANY (1st), at Connecticut (5th), at Yale (8th), SIENA (12th), MOUNT ST. MARY'S (20th), at Harvard (22nd), ST. BONAVENTURE (28th)
January - WAGNER (3rd), at Fairleigh Dickinson (7th), at Monmouth (10th), BRYANT (15th), CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE (17th), at Wagner (22nd), at Mount St. Mary's (24th), SAINT FRANCIS-PA (29th), ROBERT MORRIS (31st)
February – at St. Francis-NY (5th), at Long Island (7th), QUINNIPIAC (12th), at Quinnipiac (14th), at Bryant (19th), at Central Connecticut State (21st), MONMOUTH (26th), FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON (28th)