SACRED HEART (11-16, 8-8 NEC) vs. LIU Brooklyn (9-18, 7-9 NEC)
GAME 28 * Fairfield, Conn. * William H. Pitt Center * 1:00 PM *
Special Ceremonies... Before Saturday's game, at approximately 12:45, the Sacred Heart University Department of Athletics will be recognizing the women's basketball team's four graduating seniors: Enjoli Bland, Elise Lorenz, Blair Koniszewski and Ericka Norman. At halftime of the game, Sacred Heart will be honoring Pioneer legend Amanda Pape for her induction into the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame.
Setting the Scene... With all eight spots of the 2014 Northeast Conference Tournament being claimed, and nearly every seed just a game apart, the Pioneers' battle with LIU Brooklyn could mean the difference between finishing as high as third or as low as eighth place. Currently tied for sixth, the Sacred Heart women's basketball team looks to snap a two-game losing streak when they come home for Senior Day Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Series Notes... This is the 30th time in program history the Pioneers have played LIU Brooklyn
- Earlier this season, the Blackbirds snapped Sacred Heart's four-game win streak handing it a 62-54 loss, sparking a four-game losing streak for the Pioneers
- The Pioneers lead the all-time series 15-14
- The Pioneers and Blackbirds split last year with SHU winning at home 61-47 and LIU winning at home 73-68.
SHU Against the NEC... Sacred Heart is 216-110 all-time against Northeast Conference opponents
- The Pioneers went 13-5 last season against the NEC, including a nine-game winning streak
- SHU has a winning record against all NEC teams: Bryant 11-8, Central Connecticut State 28-14, Fairleigh Dickinson 24-1, LIU Brooklyn 15-14, Mount St. Mary's 24-5, Robert Morris 20-8, Saint Francis U 16-10, St. Francis Brooklyn 23-10 and Wagner 20-9
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... Gail Striegler enters her sixth season at the helm of the LIU Brooklyn women's basketball team in 2013-14, having put together an impressive stretch of three seasons from 2009-12. Striegler's unit in 2011-12 won 21 games, and over the three seasons, won 62 games, the most over a three-year span in program history.
Up Next... Sacred Heart closes out the regular season Monday night at Fairleigh Dickinson.