The Storyline... Sacred Heart's hot start has cooled down since losing their last two games to Albany and Manhattan. But Saint Bonaventure's season has been just as hot. The Bonnies come into the game with a 12-2 record, having only lost to Delaware and Villanova.
The Series...This will only be the second time the Pioneers have faced the Bonnies in program history. The first, and only, meeting was last season on Dec. 28, 2010 at home in the Pitt Center. St. Bonaventure took home the win that night as they topped Sacred Heart 62-54.
Scouting the Bonnies...St. Bonaventure is having a stellar season so far boasting a 12-2 record. The Bonnies have only lost to Delaware 61-49 and Villanova 55-44. Jessica Jenkins and Megan Van Tatenhove lead the way for the Bonnies' offense, averaging 14.3 and 12.0 points per game respectively. The Bonnies outscore their opponents by an average of 11.7 points in their 14 games.
SHU Against the Atlantic 10... The Atlantic 10 has dominated the Pioneers, as Sacred Heart holds an all-time 9-39 record against the conference. Much is do the the 8-28 record against Massachusetts. Earlier this season, Atlantic 10 member Saint Joseph's handed the Pioneers their first loss of the season in a 63-54 bout giving SHU a 0-2 record against the Hawks. Sacred Heart does not have a winning record against any Atlantic 10 tems. The Pioneers hold a 1-4 against Rhode Island College and 0-1 against two teams.
Enjoli Has a Not-So-Bland Game... Enjoli Bland put up career numbers against the Manhattan Jaspers Friday night. The sophomore accounted for 12 of the first 24 Pioneer points. In total she tallied 14 on the night, surpassing her previous career-high of eight recorded earlier this year at Colgate. Bland was perfect on the court shooting 5-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Her four made free throws and five field goals also career-highs.
Rookie Report... This year a pair of freshman have been leaving their mark on the court this year. Gabrielle Washington from Mesa, Ariz. has already been named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week three times this season for her dominating offensive performances. The guard is averaging 11.6 points per game and has had two 20-plus point performances including her career-high 24 points in the win over Cal Poly. Katie Shepard has been manning the point off the bench for the Pioneers. The Lone Tree, Colo. native is averaging 2.8 ppg in 17.4 minutes per game. Shepard is second on the team with 30 assists.