SACRED HEART (4-8, 1-0 NEC) VS SAINT FRANCIS U (4-8, 1-0 NEC)
GAME 13 *Fairfield, Conn. *Coach Bike Court at the William H. Pitt Center* 1:00 PM
The Sacred Heart women's basketball team got off to a great start in NEC play, taking out former NEC tournament Champions, Robert Morris in their opener 69-59. The Pioneers now look to keep the winning atmosphere alive on Saturday December 31st where they will take on the Red Flash of Saint Francis U who carries the same record both in and out of conference.
Scouting the Red Flash…
- Saint Francis U comes into Saturday's NEC competition owning a 4-8 record after the non conference slate. They recently opened up NEC play taking on Fairleigh Dickinson on the road and picked up a 82-79 victory
- The Red Flash have lost four of their last five games, falling to MArland Eastern Shore 90-82, Jackson State 88-84, Williams & Mary 73-60, and picked up a win against FDU
- SFU entered the NEC tournament last season as the fourth seed where they took out #5 Central Connecticut State. The team's NEC hopes were then put to rest as they took on the #1 seeded Pioneers who won 92-71
Inside the Series…
- SHU leads the all time series with Saint Francis U 22-11, and currently have a four game winning streak against the Red Flash
- Scoring points is a trend in this match-up between the two. SHU averages 91.87 PPG in the last three seasons against the Red Flash, while SFU averages 86.37 PPG taking on the Pioneers
- In the 2013-14 NEC quarterfinal game these two teams set an NCAA record for most points combined in a game where Saint Francis U managed to get past the Pioneers in a 132-124 double overtime battle. This scoring record currently sits second all time
SHU Against the NEC…
- The Pioneers are 211-93 against Northeast Conference opponents all-time, and 200-71 during the Division I era
- Sacred Heart has winnig records against all league foes, posting winning records against Bryant (13-10), CCSU (30-16), Fairleigh Dickinson (27-3), LIU Brooklyn (18-16), Mount St. Mary (29-5), Robert Morris (23-10), St. Francis Brooklyn (26-12), Saint Francis U (21-11), and Wagner (24-9)
- SHU is the only team to make the NEC tournament every year while a member of the league dating back to the 1999-00 season
Career Numbers vs. Saint Francis U…
Name (GP-GS) PPG RPG APG MPG
Adaysha Williams (8-8) 12.6 3.4 3.6 33.3
Hannah Kimmel (9-9) 17.6 9.5 1.6 33.1
Shelby Hickey (8-3) 6.4 3.4 2.3 22.3
Kelcey Castro (3-3) 12.0 1.0 3.6 31.3
Tykera Carter (3-0) 9.0 2.6 0.6 13.0
Erin Storck (3-0) 3.6 1.6 0.3 13.6
Cleo Polyzou (2-0) 0 0 0 1.5
Katherine Haines (1-0) 4 3 0 8
Thursday marked the beginning of the Pioneer's hunt for their fourth Northeast Conference Championship. After winning the regular season last year with a 10-2 league record, SHU came up just short falling to the Colonials 56-51 in the championship game. The Pioneers kicked off the 2016-17 NEC campaign avenging their last NEC loss with a 69-59 win over the Colonials.
Nothing But Net…
Senior Shelby Hickey led the Pioneers after posting a career high 23 points last Thursday in the opening NEC game for the Pioneers after shooting 8-8 from the floor and a perfect 7-7 from downtown. Hickey, who is known for posting big numbers against the Red Flash, comes into Saturday's game averaging 6.4 PPG. She had leaded Sacred Heart in scoring five times in her career.
Haines Picking Up Boards…
R-Sophomore Katherine Haines pulled down 12 boards in the NEC opener against Robert Morris, which set a new career high. She also managed to post her first career double-double while adding 14 points. Haines now has 120 rebounds in her career, and is just shy of 200 points with 188.
SHU at Home…
The Pioneers are just 2-3 at home this season. Sacred Heart traditionally has had great success in the William H. Pitt Center boasting a .716 (217-86) winning percentage. While never posting a losing record at home since the building's opening in 1997, the Pioneers went undefeated at home twice in 2003-04 (14-0) and 2005-06 (15-0). SHU is 15-6 (.714) when hosting an NEC Tournament game, and have won all three titles on its home floor.