The Storyline... The Pioneers hold all the momentum coming into Monday's game. SHU is currently on a three-game winning streak after defeating Robert Morris 71-64 in a tough game Saturday. Sacred Heart is underfeated in conference play so far this year and look to continue that pattern. Saint Francis (PA) fell to Quinnipiac 85-73 and are looking to rebound back in the winning direction.
The Series...The Pioneers lead the all-time series 11-8 against the Red Flash. Saint Francis (PA) took home the win in the first meeting on February 14, 2000, defeating Sacred Heart 65-49 in Altoona. Both teams lead the series when play in their home gym. SFU is 6-3 against the Pioneers at home. The teams have only played once in the postseason. In 2009, they battled in the championship round of the Northeast Conference Tournament. Sacred Heart came out on top, winning 74-66 and going on the NCAA Tournament.
Scouting the Red Flash... Saint Francis (PA) heads into Monday's contest coming off a loss to Quinnipiac 85-73. This year, the Red Flash, who was picked to finished atop the NEC in the Preseason Coaches' Poll, holds a 6-10 overall record and 2-2 in conference play. Alli Williams and Nickia Gibbs lead the offense with 16.5 and 12.0 points per game respectively. SFU is sixth in the lead in scoring averaging 62.88 points over their 16 games this year, 7.56 less than their opponents. Their defense is lacking as they are last in the league in scoring defense, allowing opponents 70.4 ppg.
Koniszewski's Career Game... Sophomore Blair Koniszewski came up big for the Pioneers in the 71-64 win over Robert Morris on Saturday. The guard knocked down five field goals, all from outside the arc. Koniszewski, who leads the league three-point field goals made (2.06 per game), put six consecutive points on the board in the second half, hitting a three and then three foul shots, to kick-start a 12-2 Pioneer run that would be the start of an 18-point comeback. By the final buzzer, she had tallied 18 points, a new career-high.