January 11, 2012

Women's Hoops Moves Up in Mid-Major Poll

In the latest Mid-Major Poll, released today, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team makes the jump to No. 20. The team's two wins over the weekend bump them to their highest ranking of the season.

Previously, the Pioneers were ranked No. 21 and opened the season in the No. 24 spot.

SHU snapped their three-game losing streak this weekend when they topping Long Island Brooklyn 74-59 at home in the Pitt Center on Saturday. Two days later, they took down St. Francis (NY) 62-33 to boost their conference record to 4-0 to become the only team undefeated in conference play.

Senior Callan Taylor (Overland Park, Kan.) picked up her ninth double-double of the season in the win over St. Francis scoring 22 points and pulling down 11 boards. This was the fiftieth of her career, a number that leads all active NCAA Division I players.

Taylor and rookie Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) lead the Pioneer offense averaging 17.1 and 11.6 points per game respectively. The duo also leads the NEC in three-point field goal percentage with Taylor leading the way with 47.2% and Washington not far behind shooting 47.1%.

Sophomore Point Guard Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, Calif.) leads the league in assists/turnovers ratio and is 27th in the NCAA Div. I ranks in assists averaging 5.4 per game.

Sacred Heart and LIU Brooklyn are the only two teams representing the NEC in the Top 25. The teams are ranked back-to-back with LIU Brooklyn right below the Pioneers in the No. 22 spot. Robert Morris, who SHU plays next this Saturday, also received votes, but not enough to earn a spot in the Top 25.

The Pioneers head out to western Pennsylvania for a two-game road trip. On Saturday, they'll take on the Robert Morris Colonials, and, on Monday, they will play the Saint Francis (PA) Red Flash.