Women’s Basketball Prepares for Meeting at Nationally Ranked Florida State

Women’s Basketball Prepares for Meeting at Nationally Ranked Florida State

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team (2-2) concludes its Florida trip with a visit to ACC member, No. 13/11 Florida State (4-0) Friday afternoon at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Both teams are coming into Friday's battle having won their most recent contest.

Quick hits…

There's a first time for everything…

Friday presents the first-ever meeting between Sacred Heart and Florida State in the Division I era.

You should not compare yourself to anyone but…yourself…

Against Florida A&M, Sacred Heart emitted 73 points which marks the most the Pioneers have put up not only this season but the highest since their 90-point production against St. Francis Brooklyn last March in the Northeast Conference Quarterfinal. Before that, the Pioneers have rested in the neighborhood of 60-points in the month of February.

Sacred Heart has split its first four games as it did similarly just a season ago. The Pioneers topped Fairfield and Binghamton but fell to Brown and Lehigh in last year's campaign to start. The Pioneers would round out the month of November going 2-4.

Wednesday saw the largest lead attained by Sacred Heart all season. The Pioneers managed to own the Rattlers by 13 points indicated at the 4:24 mark of the third quarter. Prior to that, Sacred Heart only credited a five-point cushion at Harvard, led by six before a win over Manhattan and were in front by as many as five versus Monmouth.

20-Point Club, admit…two?

Tykera Carter's career afternoon, highlighted by her 20-point performance, was decorated with a versatile shot selection. Though only one of her buckets was a three, Carter found herself in the paint, flipping the rock over a 6'4 defender, finishing strong in 3-on-1 situations, faking and hitting tough floaters and of course netting quick shots in mid-range territory. Despite carting four fouls, the guard also managed to hand out five dimes, pick up two steals, grab a defensive board and finish over 80-percent from the charity stripe through 34 minutes of action.

Carter registered 16 points to commence her final season as a Pioneer but in between a trip to Monmouth and a visit to Florida A&M, the senior has dealt with shooting hitches keeping her at single-digit point totals. From more than doubling her playing time from a season ago, Carter is gracing the hardwood for 31.5 minutes each time around and in doing so, putting up 12.3 points and 3.0 assists on 47.2-percent shooting.

Even-keeled…

Erin Storck continues to exhibit consistency in the Pioneers' back-court as the guard's offensive output has nested in double digits dubbing her the squad's second-leading scorer (14.0) while draining a team-leading 48.9-percent of her looks with at least four games played.

Storck is also second in assists per game dishing out 2.5 through four matches but has risked her production in each meeting entering foul trouble relatively early. The guard averages 3.3 fouls per game.

Squeaky clean finish…

Picking up her second consecutive start, Jenna Silletti emerged as a threat down low pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds establishing a new personal best. Silletti nearly wiped out her previous career-tally cleaning the glass three times on the Pioneers' board alone.

The Kat was momentarily out of the bag…

In Katherine Haines' return off the bench, the forward stepped onto the hardwood and immediately muscled her way inside swishing a basket that cut the hosts early lead down to three.

In only 12 minutes of action, Haines knocked down 60-percent of her tries, picked up a pair of offensive rebounds helping to sum up her three total and corralled a steal.

Play yo' role…

Olivia Dabney and Allyson Murphy each earned six points in Tallahassee while Adrianne Hagood supplied four. The trio racked up 45 minutes of time on the floor while Dabney used hers to sink a pair of baskets and muster up a rebound. Murphy's minutes included four rebounds, two assists, a make from distance and a layup and Hagood provided four boards and two field goals.

What's up Seminoles?

No. 13/11 Florida State is undefeated to open the 2017-18 campaign with its most competitive match ending with a 24-point margin at Jacksonville State and it's most dominant, ending in a 58-point difference versus North Florida University. The Seminoles have held their opponents within a 51 to a 54-point threshold. At Donald L. Tucker Center, the place FSU calls home, the Seminoles have scored as many as 109 points this year.

Four Seminoles, Shakayla Thomas (17.3), AJ Alix (16.5), Nicki Ekhomu (16.3), Imani Wright (14.0) and Chatrice White (11.3), average double-figure points. Ehkomu averages 10.3 boards a game rounding out her double-double.

Alix has rummaged 12 steals and 26 assists while Wright (17) and Ehkomu (11) have also added helpers.

FSU is a 49.1-percent shooting team while allowing just 31.0-percent of their opponents' shots to fall. 35.7-percent of their attempts from distance drop.