Sacred Heart Primed for Providence Matchup at Home

Sacred Heart Primed for Providence Matchup at Home

Game Notes | Live Stats | Live Video | Tickets

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team aims to mimic much of its offensive production displayed in its previous contest while containing Providence, Saturday, December 9 at 1:00 p.m. at the Pitt Center. 

Follow the action…

 http://sh1.glitnirticketing.com/shticket/web/ev_list.php?event_list_id=31 or click here

History class…

The Pioneers have faced Providence twice as a Division I member. The Pioneers owned the Friars in their shared home-and-home first picking up a 65-49 victory on the road to open the 2005-06 season and winning in Fairfield, 76-69 the following season.

Pios versus current BIG EAST members…

Sacred Heart is 3-11 against current BIG EAST members through its Division I era. Two of those wins were tallied against Providence and the most recent one came as the Pioneers defeated Villanova in 2014-15, 72-49. Head coach Jessica Mannetti is 1-4 in BIG EAST confrontation splitting a two-game series against the Wildcats collecting the aforementioned win, and falling to St. John's twice.

Good news…

Despite the -25-scoring margin evidenced last Wednesday versus Brown, the Pioneers managed to boast a quartet of players-Erin Storck (23), Tykera Carter (14), Jenna Silletti (11), Candice Leatherwood (10)-in double-figures for the third consecutive time. Sacred Heart's 77 points netted as a team marked the largest offensive output in regulation by the club all season.  Its 48 points attained by halftime taps the most scored through the first 20 minutes this season. SHU also shot over 40-percent from distance and above 80-percent from the free-throw line.

The whole story…

Storck's career-high 23 points, 18 in the first half, paced Sacred Heart's early hints of a high-octane offense as she has managed to do for a considerable part of the season. Unfortunately, Brown's prolific three-point shooting shadowed the Pioneers' offensive outpour as the Bears credited the 102-77 victory at the Pizzitola Sports Center, Wednesday evening.

An Adrianne Hagood triple provided the Pioneers with their largest lead of the evening (19) at the 8:29 mark of the second quarter before the hosts staged a comeback eliminating any answer by Sacred Heart.

Erika Steeves and Justine Gaziano both swished shots from far on the front end of the Bears' 25-5 outburst to knot things at 37-up with just over three-and-a-half minutes remaining in the period. Besides the treys previously alluded to, Brown fired off three others from downtown in the run. Taylor Will then split at the charity stripe making way for an advantage the team would clutch for the duration of the contest. 

Wait, Storck tallied how much?

Storck's 23 points tabbed a new career superlative as the junior shot almost 50-percent for the game and 66.7-percent from distance. She also added netted a free-throw, grabbed a pair of rebounds and picked up a steal in a team-leading 36 minutes of action.

At her best…

Silletti notched a season-high pouring in 11 points on 62.5-percent shooting. She also pulled down five rebounds including one on the Pioneers' glass and tied a career-high two assists in her sixth start of the season.

They grow up so fast…

Olivia Dabney picked up the start against Brown which marked the third time this season a freshman was summoned for the first time and the sixth time a first-year was featured in the initial lineup. Jayla Davis was included in the first five out against Harvard, Florida A&M and Florida State. Hagood competed with the first wave versus Hofstra and Lehigh.

Dabbin' on defense…

In her starting debut, Dabney showed glimpses of her defensive prowess which first played an intricate part in the team's victory over Lehigh. On Brown's hardwood, Dabney crashed the boards six times, supplied a clean block and collected four thefts. She also provided four feeds while tallying three points.

Before earning the spot momentarily, she supplied energy off the bench against the Mountain Hawks. Dabney's four points were in great support of her near team-high seven boards but perhaps more impressively, her game-high five steals. The freshman's sound defense helped to hold off Lehigh as she rummaged a steal and served up a rejection that eventually made way for a three-point cushion in the game's waning time. Moreover, Dabney's career-high thefts accounted for more than half of the team's nine steals as her total helped Sacred Heart benefit 17 points off of Lehigh's 18 miscues.

The Pioneers "showing" their house…

Saturday's match will be the season's fourth showing at the Pitt Center and a show is just what is predicted. Sacred Heart is 2-1 when it plays host and plays the part in dramatic fashion. 

In the women's basketball home opener, Manhattan came to town and Leatherwood showed out netting a team-high 23 points on 58.3-percent accompanied by seven rebounds in the 65-61 win. Both teams traded six-point leads with the Jaspers' cushion coming to fruition in the fourth. The Pioneers remained relentless registering a 7-2 run to deadlock play at 61-61 apiece. With just 70 ticks pictured on the clock, Sacred Heart eliminated any more scoring of the visitors while tacking on four more to gut out the win.

Sacred Heart and Hofstra battled in two overtime periods before a winner was declared at the Pitt. In the final session, a flawed Pioneers' defense in waning time helped the Pride turn the tide as the foe converted an old-fashioned three resulting in a lead the hosts would fail to combat for the 86-81 victory. Haines and Leatherwood both scored 20-plus points.

To defeat Lehigh, the Pioneers utilized a balanced offense. Dabney's defensive ability helped to hold off the foe as the freshman corralled a steal and served up a rejection that eventually led to a Haines layup down the other end of the floor, 57-54 (4Q 3:50). The Mountain Hawks split their tries at the charity stripe about a minute later cutting the Pioneers' lead to just two, but a Carter triple under the direction of Haines and then a Haines' trey assisted by Leatherwood separated by just a minutes' time snowballed an 8-0 run by SHU to put the game away for good, 65-55.

Friars from far…

As of December 6, following the Friars underwhelming loss to Quinnipiac, 62-36, Providence was ranked eighth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (42.5-percent), an area the Pioneers struggled to combat in their last outing. Brown drained 15 shots from downtown, nearly doubling SHU's attempts from the outside (8), on 45.4-percent shooting. Jovana Nogic is slotted 10th nationally going 176-of-426 from behind the arc for a 41.3-percent clip. Inside the arc, Providence is ranked 47th in field goal percentage on 44.8-percent shooting.

Providence's last time out…

Providence fell to Quinnipiac while the Bobcats were ranked 14th in the NCAA RPI. The Friars, who entered the game shooting 46-percent from the field and were ranked second in the nation in three-point percentage, struggled to find momentum on the offensive end. The squad posted season lows from the field hitting only 32.1-percent of their looks and shooting a lowly 11.1-percent from three-point territory. The Friars also committed 22 turnovers. 

Leading the foe…

Nogic leads Providence with 18.9 points per game, hands out three assists each contest and gets to 2.8 rebounds per game. Maddie Jolin credits 12.3 points per game and sits in the forefront with 47 total boards. Ny-Asia Franklin (8.9) and Ciara Che (7.1) also contribute points to the Friars' offense.