The Storyline... The two of the teams in the Northeast Conference face off for the first time this year on Saturday. Sacred Heart snapped their three-game losing streak with two conference wins last weekend against LIU Brooklyn (74-59) and St. Francis College (62-33). The Colonial are looking to rebound from their first conference loss to the Bryant Bulldogs (75-71) Monday night.
The Series...Sacred Heart leads the all-time series against the Colonials that started in 1999-00 14-7. Robert Morris picked up the win in the first meeting on Dec. 12, 2000 58-55. However, the Pioneers got the W the last time the teams met on Jan. 31, 2011. They have battled twice in the NEC Tournament. Both times Sacred Heart has fallen. In 2005, when the Pioeners hosted the tournament, Robert Morris knocked them out in the second round 68-62 in overtime. Two years later, they found themselve battling for the NEC Championship. The Colonials claimed victory on their own court in the close 68-66 game.
Scouting the Colonials... Robert Morris enters Saturday's contest with a 9-6 record. Monday night they were handed their first conference loss at the hands of the Bryant Bulldogs 75-71. The Colonial are outscoring opponents by an average of 5.5 points per game. Artemis Spanou and April Williams lead the offense with 15.1 and 12.7 points per game respectively. Spanou earned her eighth double-double of the season in the game against Bryant scoring 11 points and pulling down 11 boards.
Three-Point Pioneers... Sacred Heart as a team are second in the league in three-point field goal percentage with 33.8%. Two Pioneers are at the top of the list in 3FG%. Senior Callan Taylor and rookie Gabrielle Washington are No. 1 and 2 in the league with 47.2% and 47.1% respectively. Blair Koniszewski is third in the league in made 3FG with 1.87 per game.
True Team Effort... All 11 Pioneers took to the court in the 62-33 win against St. Francis (NY). Every player managed to knock down a shot against the Terriers. Callan Taylor led the way with 22 points in 22 minutes. Senior Kris Iovino spent 16 minutes on the court, the most this year, to tie her career-high of six points that she first posted her freshman year. Each player also grabbed at least one rebound. Once again, Taylor led the way with 11 to pick up her ninth double-double of the season.