January 21, 2012

The Pioneers Look to Take Down the Blue Devils Saturday at the Pitt

Full Game Notes

The Storyline... The Blue Devils are looking for revenge after Sacred Heart beat them 53-40 back in December on their own court. The Pioneers look to maintain their undefeated status in the Pitt Center. This year, Sacred Heart is 6-0 at home. Both teams have the momentum going. SHU has won its last four games and CCSU its last two. 

The Series...Sacred Heart leads the all-time series against the Blue Devils 25-12. Since the 1999-2000 season when the teams became conference enemies, the Pioneers are 21-5. The teams has met twice in postseason play, both times the Blue Devils have claimed victory. Last year, CCSU was responsible for knocking the Pioneers out of the Northeast Conference Tournament in the first round. 

Scouting the Blue Devils... Central Conn. St. comes into Saturday's game with a 8-9 record (2-4 NEC), having won their last two games against Mount St. Mary's 73-63 and Wagner 69-57. CCSU sits second in the league in scoring defense, only allowing opponents 58 points per game, and lead the league in defensive field goal percentage, holding opponents to 34.3%. With this being said, they are tough defensively. Their offense is led by juniors Jaclyn Babe and Kirsten Daamen who average 15.2 and 13.2 points per game respectively.

Rookie Report... Freshmen Katie Shepard and Gabrielle Washington put up career numbers against Saint Francis (PA) on Monday. In the 85-56 win over the Red Flash, Shepard put up a career-high nine points while shooting a perfect three-for-three from outside the arc. Washington, the three-time Choice Hotels NEC Rookie of the Week, shot 85.7% (6-7) from the field in the win. She led the Pioneer offense lighting up the board with 18 points. Washington currently lead the conference in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 47.4% from downtown.

Overcoming Obstacles... In last Saturday's game against Robert Morris, the Pioneers had to overcome their largest deficit of the season. The Colonials had worked up an 18-point lead with 18:13 left in the game, but the Pioneers kicked it into high-gear and scratched their way back into the game. With just 6:52 left in the game, Blair Koniszewski knocked down a trey to give the Pioneers back the lead, one they would not relinquish en route to the 71-64 victory.