Pioneers Make First WNIT Appearance Thursday at Boston U
Setting the Scene... For the first time in the program's 14-year history in the Division I ranks, the Sacred Heart Women's Basketball team is going to the Postseason WNIT. On Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m., the Pioneers will do battle with the Boston University Terriers in the Agganis Arena in the first round. BU finished the season with an impressive 23-5 record, with four of five losses coming at the hands of teams that made the NCAA Tournament. Despite finishing second in the America East with a 13-2 record, the Terriers could not compete for the Championship.
Series Notes... Thusday's game serves as the first meeting between the Pioneers and the Terriers
SHU Against America East... Sacred Heart is 25-18 all-time against America East opponents.
- This season, Sacred Heart's only America East opponent was Stony Brook. The Pioneers picked up the loss in that game 51-46
- The Pioneers split last year against America East members, topping Stony Brook 55-33 and later falling to Albany 64-54
- SHU has face Stony Brook (10-6), Albany (9-6), Hartford (5-4), New Hampshire (1-1), and Vermont (0-1), but has never faced Binghampton, Boston University, Maine or UMBC
Up Next... The winner of Thursday's game moves on to the second round to play the winner of Fordham vs. Harvard, which will be held between March 23-25.
Scouting the Terriers... Boston University proved a strong squad this year, posting a 23-5 overall record and going 132 in conference, only losing to eventual America East Champion Albany. All but one of the teams the Terriers lost to are in this year's NCAA Tournament: West Virginia, Michigan, and Albany, with Northeastern being the exception. Chantell Alford leads the offense averaging 16.6 ppg while shooting 42.6% from the field and 42.2% from downtown. Rashidat Agboola and Mo Moran are also offensive forces for BU averaging 11.8 and 10.4 ppg respectively.