The Storyline... After losing the battle with Quinnipiac 54-51 in overtime, the Blackbirds are looking to pick up their ninth conference victory on Monday night when the first place Pioneers come to town. Sacred Heart is bringing the momentum of a three-game winning streak with them to Brooklyn, hoping to claim another victory to maintain their one-game lead over the threatening Quinnipiac Bobcats.
The Series...After topping LIU Brooklyn 74-59 earlier this seasons, the Pioneers are 14-11 all-time against the Blackbirds. LIU took the previous two contests, winning 77-59 and 66-56. The Blackbirds hold a 6-4 record against the Pioneers when playing at home in the Arnold and Marie Schwartz Center The teams have faced eachother twice in the Northeast Conference Tournament and are an even 2-2.
Scouting the the Blackbirds... LIU Brooklyn comes into Monday's contest with a 19-8 overall record after falling to Quinnipiac 54-51 in overtime on Saturday. Currently tied for sixth in the NEC, the Blackbirds are carry an 8-7 record against conference opponents. Senior Ashley Palmer leads the Blackbirds in almost every category, averaging 19.0 point and 7.8 rebounds per game. She is shooting 49.9% from the field and 72.7% from the charity stripe. LIU is 11-3 when playing at home in the Arnold and Marie Schwartz Center.
For the Fifth Time... Sacred Heart only shot 33.3% (20-60) from the field on Saturday in the 57-53 win over St. Francis (NY). This is the fifth time this season that the Pioneers have shot 35 percent or lower. SHU is now 2-3 when shooting below 35 percent.
Three-Point Leaders... Sacred Heart leads the NEC in three-point field goal percentage with 33.1%. Rookie Gabrielle Washington leads the league in three-point percentage with 47.8%. Right behind her in second place, is Callan Taylor who is shooting 42.9% from outside the arc. Blair Koniszewski is third in the league in made three-pointers, averaging 2.12 per game. In the win over Robert Morris, Koniszewski knocked down five treys, a career-high or the sophomore.