BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, NY – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team (7-12, 3-5 NEC) looks to win its second in a row for just the second time this season, Monday, January 29 at St. Francis Brooklyn (7-13, 3-5 NEC). The Pioneers and Terriers' showdown occurs at 7:00 p.m. at the Pope Physical Education Center.
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Takin' down the Terriers…
SHU has won five consecutive games against St. Francis Brooklyn, most recently in the 2017 NEC Quarterfinals. The Pioneers stopped the Terriers pursuit, 90-69. Dating back to the 2013-14 season, Sacred Heart has topped the foe nine times in the last 13 clashes.
On January 16, 2017, Sacred Heart won for the third time in as many outings, defeating host St. Francis Brooklyn 81-74 at the Pope Physical Education Center Monday afternoon. The Pioneers, who improved to 5-1 in NEC play, were led by senior Hannah Kimmel who recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 28 points and 14 rebounds and sophomore Katherine Haines who finished with 19 points.
On February 13, 2017, The Pioneers would hold on to pull out a 61-58 double-overtime thriller over St. Francis Brooklyn. SHU improved to 14-11 (11-3) and sat atop the NEC with Robert Morris.
On March 5, 2017, SHU picked up a huge, NEC quarterfinal victory over the Terriers of St. Francis Brooklyn 90-69. Hannah Kimmel finished the night with a new season-high 32 points and recorded her sixth double-double of the season. Katherine Haines also ended with her tenth double-double of the year comprised of 15 points and 11 boards.
Pioneers last time out…
On January 27, Abigail Kangudie made the first start of her collegiate career a memorable one and Candice Leatherwood displayed her scoring prowess as the Sacred Heart women's basketball team kept the game out of LIU Brooklyn's reach, 50-46, Saturday afternoon at the Steinberg Wellness Center. The victory ends a three-game drought for the Pioneers.
After taking control of the game following the early proceedings of the second quarter and clutching the advantage considerably well into the fourth, LIU Brooklyn struck once more bringing the contest to a single possession game late.
With under a minute remaining in the game's final quarter, the Blackbirds competed against the clock executing a pair of three-point plays gambling Candice Leatherwood's trips at the free-throw line.
The redshirt-junior went 4-of-4 before a near costly miscue on a Pioneers' inbound play saw reigning NEC Co-Player of the Week, Denisha Petty-Evans, finish down the other end for two, 49-46, with 10 seconds remaining.
Leatherwood split her last pair of attempts at the line before Carter committed a foul to prevent another three-point heave from the Blackbirds and ultimately settle the final.
Terriers last time out…
After falling behind by 14 on two different occasions, the St. Francis Terriers amassed a late comeback, coming within four of the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, before ultimately losing, 70-62.
The Terriers and Knights engaged in a defensive battle, with both teams shooting about 33-percent to round out the first half, where FDU capped a 29-26 lead.
Despite going down by as many as 14, the Terriers fought back to cut the lead to 11 prior to the beginning of the fourth stanza, where they trailed 50-39.
The Knights regained a 14-point advantage with 7:02 left, 55-41. Over the course of next six minutes, the Terriers outpointed the Knights, 19-9 to bring the game within four with one minute pictured on the clock, 64-60. The Knights survived the near costly spurt in part to clutch free-throw execution down the stretch.
Head coach Jessica Mannetti stated. "Last week seeing what kind of shots we were taking, some of those shots are great shots, we're just missing [them]. We have to continue to have confidence knowing we'll get the shots we want and knocking them down when the time comes so we can move forward."
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What Storck is saying…
Junior guard Erin Storck mentioned. "Right now, we're just trying to get better in every area so for our next games we're going to try and get better. We'll get more confidence on offense and also get stops on defense. We try to pride ourselves on defense and getting those stops. So, if we are able to play defense and get those stops, then that translates into good offense. […] Defense is a great spark for our offense and when we're able to get live ball turnovers so they're dribbling and we're jumping in the gaps and run in transition, and that makes it easier so those are the wide-open layups. But if we work on our spacing and positioning and we're still covered, we have numbers and can still push."
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