The Storyline... The Pioneer women's basketball team concludes its weekend road trip with a Monday night meeting in Emmitsburg, MD against Mount St. Mary's. Sacred Heart looks to rebound from a 66-65 loss at the hands of Wagner last time out thanks to a Seahawk three-pointer with less than one second left in regulation. The Pioneers have not dropped three straight games in 2010-11 and have lost back-to-back contests for just the second time this year. SHU downed the Mount 76-51 as the two sides met in Fairfield earlier this season. The Mountaineers are 1-6 at home this season, including a 74-60 loss to Quinnipiac Saturday afternoon.
Series... The Pioneers own a 20-4 all-time record against the Mount with all 24 meetings coming at the division I level. Sacred Heart swept a pair of meetings with the Mountaineers in 2009-10, winning 67-56 at home before edging their NEC rival 51-47 on the road. SHU has won six straight in the series, including a postseason decision in 2008-09. Sacred Heart is 7-3 in their history on the road against the Mountaineers. The Pioneers last lost to Mount St. Mary's January 19, 2008 in Emmitsburg, MD.
Scouting the Mountaineers... Mary Dunn leads the Mount St. Mary's attack in 2010-11 averaging 11.1 points per game. She is also the squad's top rebounder with 6.6 boards per contest. The Mountaineers are shooting just 35.3 percent from the field this season while opponents are at a 42.8 percent mark. The Mount ranks 10th in the NEC allowing 67.3 points per game, leading just Quinnipiac and Saint Francis (PA). The Mountaineers are last in the league in rebounding, pulling in just 31.9 boards per game.
Norman's Helping Hands... Freshman Ericka Norman recorded a career high seven assists against Wagner Saturday afternoon. Norman is averaging 2.6 assists per game through her first 18 contests in a Sacred Heart uniform. The freshman point guard has started nine games this season and is averaging 7.6 points per game against league opposition. Since being inserted into the starting lineup against St. Bonaventure Norman is playing 30 minutes per game.
Buzzer Bummers... In each of the last two games Sacred Heart has fell victim to the final buzzer. Saturday versus Wagner Kelly Clark hit her first career trey with less than a second remaining to hand Sacred Heart a one point loss. In the previous contest Ericka Norman was unable to get off her shot before the buzzer in a 65-62 defeat at home against Central Connecticut State. Norman would hit the long range three as time expired but the referees correctly waved off the shot to end the game.
"Taylor"-Made Scorer... Last time out Junior Callan Taylor was nearly had her sixth double-double of the year with 16 points and nine rebounds against Wagner. In 2010-11 Taylor has led the Pioneers in scoring in 14 of 18 games. Her best performance of the year was a 26 point and 16 rebound explosion against Bryant. The six-foot forward is averaging 14.4 points and 10.0 rebounds per game against NEC opposition. She ranks third in the league in scoring with 14.8 points per game.
The Turnover Battle... SHU ranks first in the Northeast Conference in turnover margin, holding a +2.11 advantage in the turnover battle this year. The Pioneers are forcing opponents into an average of 19.0 miscues per game in 2010-11. Sacred Heart has featured a relentless defense all season, forcing at least 20 turnovers eight times. The Pioneers have forced NEC opponents to commit an average of 20.7 turnovers per game.
SHU Sharpshooters... Callan Taylor and Maggie Cosgrove both rank in the top-ten in the NEC in three-point field goal percentage in 2010-11. Taylor is sixth in the league with a 40.0 percent (26-65) mark from beyond the arc. Cosgrove is seventh in the conference shooting at a 38.8 percent (33-85) clip from downtown this season. Cosgrove is also the Sacred Heart all-time leader in career treys, currently sitting at 226 long balls in her three plus seasons wearing red and white.