Setting the Scene... The Pioneers, having the worst start to Northeast Conference play in program history, take on the red hot Red Flash Saturday in a rare morning game at 11:30 a.m. in the DeGol Arena in Loretto, Penn. Saint Francis U is undefeated (4-0) after the first two weekends of conference play, and after the overtime loss to Central Connecticut State on Monday night, the Sacred Heart Women's Basketball Team is just 1-3 against conference opponents. The game will be televised live on ESPN3.
Series Notes... This is the 22nd time in program history the Pioneers have played Saint Francis University
- The Pioneers lead the all-time series, 13-8
- All 21 meetings have been as Northeast Conference rivals
SHU Against the NEC... Sacred Heart is 195-99 all-time against Northeast Conference opponents
- The Pioneers went 15-3 last season against the NEC, including three tournament wins en route to their third NEC Championship
- Sacred Heart only lost to Quinnipiac, Monmouth and LIU Brooklyn last year
- SHU has a winning record against all NEC teams: Central Connecticut State 26-13, Fairleigh Dickinson 22-1, LIU Brooklyn 15-12, Monmouth 17-11, Mount St. Mary's 22-4, Quinnipiac 34-26, Robert Morris 17-7, Saint Francis U 13-8, St. Francis Brooklyn 21-9 and Wagner 18-8
Last Season Against the Red Flash...The Pioneers collected two wins against Saint Francis U last season. First, defeating the Red Flash by nearly 30 points, 85-56 in the DeGol arena with Gabrielle Washington leading the way with 18 points. Then, on February 25, on "Senior Day" after a minor delay sue to a power outage due to strong winds in Connecticut, Sacred Heart edged out the Red Flash 66-61. Washington came up big again with the team-leading 25 points, while now-graduated Callan Taylor recorded a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Bad Start... With the loss to Central Connecticut State on Monday night, the defending Northeast Conference Champions drop to 1-3 in conference play. In the 13 years since joining the NEC, the Pioneers have never started conference play 1-3. This season, they dropped the conference-opener 56-47 to St. Francis Brooklyn ending their 15-game home winning streak. The loss was also only the second time SHU had fell in a conference opener. The only other time was on December 13, 2003 when they lost at Wagner 72-62.