Women's Hoops Battle Harvard Sunday
SACRED HEART (2-5) vs. Harvard (6-3)
GAME 8 * Tempe, Ariz. * Weatherup Center * 12:00 PM MST*
Setting the Scene... After the Sacred Heart women's basketball team fell to Arizona State 81-49 Saturday afternoon, and Long Beach State overcame a 23-point deficit to defeat Harvard, the Pioneers will face the Crimson for the first time in three years Sunday at noon.
Series Notes... This will be the sixth time in program history the Sacred Heart women's basketball team faces off with the Harvard Crimson. Harvard leads the all-time series 3-2. After falling in the first three meetings, the Pioneers claimed victory over the Crimson in the last two winning at home in 2009 (92-77) and on the road in 2010 (69-60).
SHU Against the Ivy League... Sacred Heart is 27-18 all-time against Ivy League opponents
- This is the second time this season that Sacred Heart will face a member of the Ivy League
- The Pioneers went 1-0 last year against the Ivy topping Yale in their only meeting, and defeated the Bulldogs again this year 67-54
- The only Ivy League teams Sacred Heart has a winning record against are Yale, Columbia and Princeton
- SHU has faced Brown (3-3), Columbia (5-4), Cornell (0-1), Dartmouth (0-2), Harvard (2-3), Princeton (4-2) and Yale (13-3). They have never played University of Pennsylvania
The Head Coaches... Jessica Mannetti is in her first season as a collegiate head coach when the Pioneers tip-off in 2013-14. She comes to Sacred Heart after spending the past four seasons as an assistant coach at Hofstra University on Krista Kilburn-Steveskey's staff. While at Hofstra, Mannetti helped guide the Pride to a 72-55 record as well as a pair of appearances in the WNIT... Head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, who completed her 31st season at the helm of the Crimson in 2012-13, has put Harvard basketball on the map and expanded its reach both nationally and internationally. One of the longest tenured coaches in collegiate women's basketball, Delaney-Smith's career success cannot be measured by the numbers alone - while, on their own, the numbers are impressive enough. Delaney-Smith, the winningest Ivy League women's basketball coach of all-time, owns a 31-year coaching record at Harvard of 495-340 with a 295-127 record in Ivy League play.
Up Next... The Pioneers wrap up the road trip next Saturday at Rutgers University at 2:00 p.m.