New Year New Action; Pioneers Tip-Off 2018 at Mount St. Mary’s Saturday

New Year New Action; Pioneers Tip-Off 2018 at Mount St. Mary’s Saturday

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Emmitsburg, Md. – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team (4-9, 0-2 NEC) looks to get back to winning ways Saturday, January 6, at Mount. St. Mary's (5-8, 2-0 NEC). The Northeast Conference matchup will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Knott Arena.

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All-time against The Mount…

Sacred Heart has only fallen six times to the Mountaineers, currently ahead 29-6 all time. Last season's loss wrapped up a seven-game win streak versus The Mount.

Coach's Corner…

Head Coach Jessica Mannetti had this to say regarding freshman guard Adrianne Hagood. "The team believes in her as our 'X-factor.' And when she steps on the floor, whether she is starting or coming off the bench, she brings great energy, really strong offense […] and she calms us down. For her to be able to step in and show everybody what she can do is great."

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Last time they met…

The Pioneers journeyed to Emmitsburg, Maryland for their tenth Northeast Conference game of the season, and went on to fall 61-59 in a thriller against Mount St. Mary's. Sacred Heart was led by then-Pioneer Hannah Kimmel who finished the night with 20 points. Katherine Haines ended with a 10-point effort.

Pioneers last time out…

Despite the 39-point guard play from Adrianne Hagood and Tykera Carter and the squad's aggression at getting to the line, two-time defending Northeast Conference Champion Robert Morris overpowered Sacred Heart 91-57, Sunday afternoon at the Pitt Center.

Hagood's second-consecutive team-leading offensive output matched her personal-best, first netted at Harvard (20). The freshman tied for the most makes for the hosts with five on 38.5-percent shooting. She was even better from far knocking down 50-percent of those tries while earning seven points at the line and grabbing five rebounds without a single turnover in a 37-minute performance.

Carter's 19 points were one tally shy of her collegiate best as she too converted five attempts from the field on a 33.3-percent clip. The guard splashed two from deep, swished seven times at the stripe, handed out three dimes and fought for two thefts in the backcourt.

Sacred Heart grabbed more offensive rebounds than Robert Morris, 10-7, marking the second straight time the Pioneers have done so this year.

Mountaineers last time out…

Mount St. Mary's posted a 68-63 victory over Bryant in a New Year's Eve matchup at the Chace Athletic Center. The win moved the Mountaineers to 2-0 to start Northeast Conference play, marking the team's best league start since the 2011-12 season. 

Katrice Dickson netted a team-high 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and a 6-for-7 mark from the line. Juliette Lawless contributed 13 points on a perfect 3-for-3 clip from the floor, while also picking up four rebounds and four assists. Caroline Hummell was the other Mountaineer in double-figures, registering 11 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks.

Give me one more chance…

Of its 13 outings thus far, Sacred Heart has only secured more second-chance points than its opponents on two separate occasions but only by one tally. Against Monmouth to open the season, the Pioneers edged the Hawks in the category 7-6 prior to a 69-64 loss. The Pioneers eked out the favorable 12-11 clip before a 73-68 victory over Florida A&M.

Of the 268 total points recorded as second-chance opportunities, Sacred Heart only credits 78 of them which accounts for only 41.9-percent. On average, the Pioneers tally six points in the statistic while their opponents benefit 14.3.  

SHU was exploited most by then nationally ranked Florida State, 27-3, and Brown, 22-3. In both contests, Sacred Heart gave up 100-plus points.

Board Oh Board…

The rebounding aspect of the game has been an area of concern for Head Coach Jessica Mannetti's squad.

Sacred Heart has only outrebounded its opponent three times this season edging Manhattan 41-39, Florida A&M 48-42 and Saint Francis U 40-38. SHU converted two of those performances-Manhattan and FAMU-into wins.

Despite the outcome, both the Jaspers and the Rattlers still punished the Pioneers in arguably their weakest area-the offensive glass.

Though Sacred Heart outrebounded both clubs as a whole, Manhattan owned SHU on the offensive glass 16-9 as did FAMU, 13-12. However, the Pioneers are showing improvement in the area riding a two-game streak of owning their opponents on the "o" board.

Katherine Haines and Abigail Kangudie each grabbed four balls of the SHU glass as the team bested Saint Francis U as a whole in the category, marking the first time this season, 18-10. Haines and Adrianne Hagood each pulled down a pair of offensive boards helping Sacred Heart to a 10-7 margin over Robert Morris. Prior to last week, the Pioneers came the closest to topping a team in offensive rebounds against Monmouth. Both teams finished with nine apiece.

Though SHU is behind a -5.2 margin on its glass and -8.9 on both backboards, the Pioneers are better in conference. SHU is grabbing 5.5 more offensive rebounds than its NEC opposition and down -3.5 in total boards. 

Perimeter D…

Guarding the perimeter has been especially troubling for the Pioneers in conference. On average, Sacred Heart allows its opponents to attempt 20.9 shots from downtown and see 7.4 actually drop.

Saint Francis U and Robert Morris both netted 11 looks from downtown while attempting 24 and 18, respectively. The Red Flash shot 45.8-percent for the game contrasting the Pioneers 20.8-percent mark. The Colonials shot an astounding 61.1-percent from behind the arc while SHU swished 31.6-percent. 

Brown is the only other team to splash double-figures from deep as the Bears hit 15 of their threes. Brown shot 45.5-percent while Sacred Heart cashed in on 42.1-percent (8-of-19).

I want Cand…ice…

Candice Leatherwood has struggled to score in conference after reaching double-figures in seven of the eight non-conference clashes the redshirt-junior has participated in.

Leatherwood has spearheaded the team's offense on two occasions and also tallied 20-plus points twice. However, in NEC action, the guard is averaging two points and has yet to hit a field goal. Against RMU, Leatherwood attempted two shots before succumbing to five fouls in 16 minutes and put up nine to Saint Francis U including three tries from downtown.

The Detroit, Michigan product has still managed to impact the Pioneers offense from an assist perspective. She leads Sacred Heart with 3.9 dimes per game and totals 39 for the season. Leatherwood came to Fairfield, Connecticut already carrying 93 helpers and now has 129 to her collegiate career. Her personal-best stands at eight assists registered against Hofstra.

A tale of two Storcks…

December challenged Erin Storck as the guard has experienced both ups and downs on the hardwood. In early December, Storck put up back-to-back 20-plus performances that dubbed her the Northeast Conference's Co-Player of the Week. However, her 23-point performance at Brown and career-best 29-point performance in a win over Providence were dampened by a five-point showing at Siena the following week. Ahead of Sacred Heart's trip to Troy, NY, Storck dropped just two points to New Hampshire and three against Saint Francis U. The guard's seven points versus RMU was mostly attributed to her 100-percent showing at the charity stripe as she credited more than half of her points at the line (4-of-4).

As one of two Pioneers to start each contest this season, Storck guaranteed to score double-figures as she netted 10-plus for the first nine games of this season. Prior to the Siena matchup, Storck led the Pioneers in scoring (16.7 ppg) and field-goal percentage (49.2-percent).

Since Providence, Storck has gone 4-of-32 from the floor for a lowly 12.5-percent. She has only netted three triples in the four-game span despite being a 45-percent three-point shooter beforehand.

All aboard the Haines train…

Katherine Haines was selected to the Northeast Conference's Preseason Team but only has seen time in nine games, not enough to be included in any of the NEC's rankings.

Sacred Heart has yet to win without the participation of the forward. She put up 16 points in the Manhattan victory, six during the Florida A&M win, 12 versus Lehigh and 12 against Providence. Her career-high 23-point performance came with a four-point double-overtime loss to Hofstra.

Haines has only netted single-figures twice which includes a four-point performance against Robert Morris.

The big is highly effective on the glass as she has recorded five double-figure rebounding performances. Her 21-rebounding effort at Siena slotted her eighth all-time in the Pioneers' record book for single-game performances. Moreover, each of those feats was accompanied by double-digit scoring.

Haines averages a double-double on the season comprised of 12.1 ppg and 10.6 rpg.

Where are my manners, please "go-ahead"…

Katherine Haines and Candice Leatherwood credited early go-ahead baskets in setbacks to Saint Francis U and Robert Morris respectively.

Despite the Pioneers' four-game skid, Tykera Carter and Haines have given Sacred Heart two leads on separate occasions, each. Adrianne Hagood and Leatherwood's aforementioned shot round out six lead changes favoring the Pioneers in the four-game span.

Erin Storck's proclivity for clutch shots in pressure situations has accounted for a team-leading 13 go-ahead baskets this season. Carter and Leatherwood each have put the Pioneers in front 12 times while Haines has registered nine. Jayla Davis (2), Jenna Silletti (1) and Olivia Dabney (1) have accounted for lead changes.

Good news vs. not so good news…

Tykera Carter averages 13.8 points in the Pioneers four-game skid which is the most of any Pioneer who has appeared in each of those contests. Adrianne Hagood is second, averaging 12 points in the span.  

Carter has reached double-figures against Siena (18), New Hampshire (12) and Robert Morris (19) but fell below the threshold dropping six points versus Saint Francis U. The guard shot 35.3-percent from the floor in the Pioneers' recent four outings.

Mountaineers to watch…

The Mount has earned two Northeast Conference weekly accolades with sophomore guard Ashlee White being named the NEC Co-Player of the Week on December 11 and freshman guard Daly Sullivan the Rookie of the Week on December 26.

White leads the club with 12.6 points per game on 38.3-percent shooting. The rookie is netting 8.8 points per contest on 36.2-percent. Kayla Agentowicz and Katrice Dickson are putting up 11.3 and 10.4 points, respectively.

Juliette Lawless and Dickson are controlling the boards pulling down 4.9 and 4.2 rebounds, respectively.