Pioneers Welcome Lehigh For Sunday Matinee Inside The Pitt

Pioneers Welcome Lehigh For Sunday Matinee Inside The Pitt

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – After putting up arguably their most arduous fight this season Thursday, Sacred Heart women's basketball (2-4) looks to get back in the win column Sunday, December 3 at the Pitt Center against Lehigh (5-3). The Pioneers and Mountain Hawks will tip off at 1:00 p.m.

Quick hits…

We've done this before…

Sacred Heart has been pinned against Lehigh in 10 total instances as the Mountain Hawks have managed to escape with six of those wins. Under head coach Jessica Mannetti's guidance, the Pioneers have yet to boast a victory in two meetings over the foe.

Last time out...

Despite trailing by as many as eight on the brinks of the fourth quarter's clutch period, the Pioneers rallied back to force overtime, Thursday evening at the Pitt Center. At the conclusion of the first period, both the visiting Hofstra Pride and Sacred Heart played to a draw before another five minutes of action resumed. In the final session, a flawed Pioneers' defense in waning time would help the Pride turn the tide as the foe converted an old-fashioned three resulting in a lead the hosts would fail to combat. 

Hey, I remember you…

In last season's shared collision, Katherine Haines lit up the scoreboard with then-personal best 20 points, while shooting 72.7-percent (8-of-11) from the floor. In Bethlehem, a first-quarter deficit haunted the Pioneers as the visitors fell by a six-point margin in their third contest of the season. Erin Storck registered her first collegiate start while Tykera Carter earned her first in her junior campaign. The backcourt duo contributed a team-high four assists and then career-high 10 points, respectively.

Gena Grundhoffer picked up her first career double-double with career-highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds on the Mountain Hawks' behalf. Cameryn Benz added 10 points and seven boards while Quinci Mann added nine points and corralled three thefts. Bernadette Devaney finished just two points shy of Mann's total. Grundhoffer, Hannah Hedstrom and Devaney added three assists apiece.

Speaking of career-highs and what not…

Haines made her return a dramatic one as the forward's re-entry into the lineup was heavily felt in all aspects of the game. Haines matched her career-high 23 points netting 11 shots from the field, her most through one outing, on 64-percent shooting. She also earned her third double-double this season, the 13th of her career pulling down a team-high 10 boards. Carting just one foul, Haines also dished a helper, served a rejection and picked up a pair of steals without turning the rock over through her 34-minute showing. 

Candice Leatherwood's admission into the 20-point club came after the redshirt-junior credited her second 20-plus point game with 21. The Detroit, Michigan product shot 63.6-percent from the field which complimented her career-high eight-assist effort, six rebounds, and one steal. The guard was also the only Pioneer to sink all of her free-throws as six of her points were earned at the stripe.

Looks like deja-vu…

Like last season, this SHU hoops group has managed to go 2-4 in the month of November. Last year, Sacred Heart picked up wins against Fairfield and Binghamton but slipped up versus Brown, Lehigh, Buffalo, and Harvard. The Pioneers would go 3-4 in the final month of the calendar year before earning a 6-2 clip in January.

Fashionably early…

Storck continues to emerge in the early onsets of the Pioneers' meetings. The junior averages 9.3 points before halftime and has only displayed a stronger second-half once, in her season debut at Monmouth. Against the Hawks, Storck tallied 11 second-half points of her 14 total but has registered at least nine or more through the first 20 minutes of every other contest this season. The Commack, NY native is putting up 13.8 points per game on 45.2-percent shooting and ranks 50th in the country in minutes played per game (36.33 mpg).

You're rolling with the big Pios now…

After averaging 12 points per game while swishing 50-percent of her looks before Thursday, freshman Adrianne Hagood joined the first five out. In her starting debut, she shot just 1-for-8 but cashed in on five of her seven tries at the charity stripe ending with seven points.

There's a first time for everything or at least a second time for most things…

Thursday's contest was the first double-overtime match for the Pioneers since hosting St. Francis Brooklyn, February 13, 2017 resulting in a 61-58 victory.

Versus the Pride, Haines (23), Leatherwood (21), Storck (11) and Carter (10) all finished in double-figure scoring which marked the first time since Haines (22), Hannah Kimmel (19), Carter (13) and Shelby Hickey (12) tallied in a New Year's Eve contest against Saint Francis U in 2016.

Prior to Haines and Leatherwood's production against Hofstra, the last time the Pioneers had two or more players score 20-plus points came at the hands of Kimmel (21) and Adaysha Williams (20) on January 3, 2015, versus St. Francis Brooklyn.

What's good Lehigh?

Lehigh has had its way against Northeast Conference opponents capping a 5-0 streak Wednesday against Mount St. Mary's, dating back to the 2013-14 season.

Senior classmates Devaney and Mann rallied the Mountain Hawks past The Mount 75-71 in a back-and-forth tilt on their home-floor. Both scored 20 points and set career-highs with six three-pointers in a game that had 15 lead changes and 24 combined three-pointers. Devaney's 20-point output was also a personal best. Mann currently leads her club with 14.4 points a game. 

Camryn Buhr is in the forefront for the Mountain Hawks pulling down 6.9 rebounds per game. Hannah Hedstrom is right behind her teammate with 5.5 boards a contest.