Pioneers Play in Preseason WNIT Consolation Round This Weekend in Virginia
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart, Sam Houston State, Liberty and Grambling State all take the court at Liberty in Lynchburg, Va. this weekend after losing in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. Sacred Heart is looking to rebound from last week's disappointing 90-63 loss to Georgetown. Senior Kiley Evans was the shinig point for the Pioneers. After having a subpar 2011-12 season, Evans opened her senior campaign leading SHU with 18 points, shooting .500 (6-12, with three treys) from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. The Bearkats were shut down offensively by No. 10 Delaware in the first round last weekend. The Blue Hens held Sam Houston to just 31 points in the 63-31 loss.
Series Notes... This will be a weekend of firsts for the Pioneers as Sacred Heart has never faced Sam Houston State, Liberty or Grambling State in program history.
Shepard's Stong Start... Katie Shepard, in 26 minutes on the court against the Hoyas last Friday, led the team with seven assists and six steals. Both career-highs for the sophomore point guard.
Evans Bounces Back... Senior Kiley Evans had a hot start in the season opener against Georgetown in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. After stumbling last season, Evans led the team with 18 points, shooting .500 (6-12) from the field, including three triples. She finished last year averaging 4.5 ppg, with her season-high 19 points coming on January 28th in SHU's 72-54 win over Mount St. Mary's
Double Digits... Three Pioneers reached double-digit scoring in Friday's loss to Georgetown. Kiley Evans led the way with 18, followed by Blair Koniszewski with 14 and Gabrielle Washington with 13. Last year, Sacred Heart had at least three players hit double-digits on 19 different occasions.
Checking in for the First Time... Two members of the Sacred Heart Women's Basketball Class of 2016 made their collegiate debut in Friday's loss to Georgetown. Alissa Tarsi from Clinton, N.J. checked in for 25 minutes and pulled down two boards. Lerae Ettienne from Kensington, Md. also made her debut, getting in the game for 10 minutes, in which she recorded one assist and two blocks.