Sacred Heart Travels to Harvard for Saturday Matinee

Sacred Heart Travels to Harvard for Saturday Matinee

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team (1-1) looks for its first road win Saturday, November 18 as Harvard (1-2) plays host for the 2:00 pm tip-off at Lavietes Pavilion. Most recently, both teams picked up wins on their respective home courts for the first time this season as SHU won in thrilling fashion over Manhattan and Harvard collected a win over Siena. 

Quick Hits…

All-Time Series…

This is the sixth time in the Division I era, that the Pioneers and Crimson will battle. Harvard took a pair of games versus Sacred Heart before the Pioneers claimed home victories over the Crimson in 2009 and 2010. Harvard has since earned wins to round out the 4-2 all-time clip, including last season's 68-60 victory.

Last Meeting…

Erin Storck exemplified a strong performance attempting all four of her shots from three-point land helping to sum up her 13 points that contest. She also provided two rebounds, an assist, and a block. Tykera Carter and Allyson Murphy each added a field goal while the Crimson defense smothered Katherine Haines and prevented the forward from scoring. However, Haines' presence was still felt as she supplied five boards including two on the offensive glass. She also battled for two steals and soared for a block.

Then reserve and now the Crimson's leading scorer, Katie Benzan, put up eight points while committing three turnovers. Madeline Raster scored a team-high 17 points and earned eight boards. Sydney Skinner dropped 11 points while dishing out three dimes. Jeannie Boehm attained a double-double comprised of 10 points and 10 rebounds while Kirby Porter added nine points starting in the win.

That was a close one…

Sacred Heart has endured tightly contested battles this season netting 129 points as a team but allowing 130. Its largest lead thus far has been a six-point cushion tallied in the Pioneers last outing while the opposing Jaspers mirrored that advantage around the three-minute mark. For their opener, SHU held a five-point clamp almost 19 minutes in while Monmouth owned Sacred Heart by eight points with 33 ticks in regulation. Both matches have come down to clutch execution. Inability to convert free-throws dampened the Pioneers outcome against the Hawks while a composed defense helped tell the tale of Wednesday's win.

Can't stop, hopefully, won't stop…

Candice Leatherwood has proven to be an offensive juggernaut for the Pioneers making her return a dramatic one. Versus the Jaspers with under four minutes remaining, she drilled a trey to bring the Pioneers within one, sank two free-throws to put SHU in front, grabbed two rebounds, dished a helper and sealed the win on another make at the charity stripe.

Leatherwood has dropped nearly 50 points thus far averaging 21 points a contest. From the floor, she is shooting 55.6-percent and when she launches from further, splashes 60-percent of her threes. She also added seven boards, five assists and committed just one turnover in 38 minutes played. 

Hoopin' out of the gate…

Storck was hot through the first 20 minutes of play swishing 83-percent of her looks tallying 15 of her total 17 points in the first two quarters. Her shooting prowess included three baskets from behind the arc while going perfect at the charity stripe.

The guard also finished with four rebounds, two dimes, and a theft and is currently the Pioneers' second-leading scorer (15.5 ppg).

Scouting the Crimson…

Harvard returns four of its starters from a season ago. Benzan leads Harvard dropping 14 points a contest. The guard is coming off of a 22-point performance on 42.9-percent shooting against Siena after facing scoring woes a game prior versus Maine. The Black Bears' held Benzan to just 16.7-percent shooting while keeping her scoreless in three-point territory as she filed just four points in 26 minutes.

Raster's 11.7 points per game slot her second on Harvard's squad. Her first two games mirrored 10-point performances while her third saw her contribute 15 on 45-percent shooting.

Taylor Rooks (9.0), Boehm (8.3) and Skinner (7.3) have also contributed considerable points in each contest. Rooks and Boehm's point totals are supported by 11.7 and nine rebounds, respectively, placing them in the Crimson's defensive forefront.

Harvard has put up 192 points through three contests sinking 32.3-percent of its attempts from the floor. The Crimson is a 26.0-percent three-point shooting team.