Pack the Pitt White for Monday’s ESPN3 Action Between Women’s Hoops and The Mount

Pack the Pitt White for Monday’s ESPN3 Action Between Women’s Hoops and The Mount

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart University women's basketball team (8-15, 4-8 NEC) will welcome Mount St. Mary's (8-15, 5-7 NEC) Monday evening, February 12 for a Pack the Pitt White event inside the Pitt Center to be aired on ESPN3.

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All-time…

SHU has only fallen six times to the Mountaineers, currently ahead 30-6 all time. Last season's loss wrapped up a seven-game win streak versus The Mount.

Last season…

On January 23, The Sacred Heart women's basketball team improved to 10-9 and 7-1 in the NEC after a late comeback led by Shelby Hickey to defeat Mount St. Mary's 49-45. Katherine Haines recorded her third double-double of the season as she finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

On January 30, The Pioneers journeyed to Emmitsburg, Maryland for their tenth Northeast Conference game of the season, and went on to fall 61-59 in a thriller against Mount St. Mary's. Sacred Heart was led by then-Pioneer Hannah Kimmel who finished the night with 20 points. Katherine Haines ended with a 10-point effort. 

Earlier this season...

On January 6, Redshirt-junior guard Candice Leatherwood netted a career-high 24 points leading a group of three other Pioneers in double-figures. Her tally not only helped sever SHU's four-game skid but ended a scoring drought of her own in the 82-52 victory over Mount St. Mary's Saturday afternoon at Knott Arena. The win was Sacred Heart's first NEC victory this season.

Pioneers last time out…

SHU put up its strongest defensive effort through the game's first 20 minutes before coasting to a 61-49 victory over Wagner, Saturday afternoon on the Pitt Center hardwood. 

The Pioneers held the visitors to just 14 points through the first half of action tabbing SHU's best defensive effort all season. Such prowess fabricated a cushion that withstood a late push from the foe two quarters after. 

The hosts barraged the Seahawks with a 21-point advantage just 33 ticks behind the halftime horn, 33-12 but dug the hole deeper for Wagner as the Seahawks trailed by 27 1:30 prior to the final quarter's start, 50-23. However, Wagner still had some fight in it. 

The opposition packaged nearly half of its offensive cry in the fourth quarter adding 21 points to the scoreboard in the final window. On the other side of the ball, the visitors managed to contain SHU's live-ball activity as the hosts' scoring hailed strictly from the charity stripe (11-of-14). 

Wagner managed to claw its way back facing just a 10-point deficit with 1:23 remaining but a 7-5 edge by the Pioneers kept the game in the hosts favor as the final horn sounded. 

Mountaineers last time out...

Senior Katrice Dickson sank the game-winning free throws with five seconds left as part of her career-high 24-point performance in the Mount's 55-53 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday at Stratis Arena.

Fairleigh Dickinson was trailing by one with just 15 seconds remaining in the contest when Madelynn Comly was fouled and went to the line. Comly made 1-of-2 from the stripe to tie things at 53-53 before the Mountaineers called a timeout. 

Coming out of the stoppage, Dickson missed a tough contested layup but Hunter Rowson was able to tie up the rebound, and the jump ball possession was awarded to the Mount. Dickson had another chance and took it to the paint once again, where she was fouled on the drive by Lauren Francillon. The senior calmly sank both free throws to put the Mount up by two with just five seconds on the clock. On the ensuing inbounds, the Mount forced a Knights turnover to seal the 55-53 victory.