FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team is set to return home to face off against non-conference opponent Stony Brook on Tuesday night. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. as the game can be watched on NEC Front Row.
• Sacred Heart returns home from their roadtrip at Hofstra to facing off on Tuesday night against Stony Brook.
• This is the the first time in six years the Pioneers will face off against the Seawolves. SHU currently leads the all-time series 11-5.
• The Pioneers are scoring an average of 71.0 points per game when the outcome was a win for the Pioneers.
• As a team, SHU ranks second in the NEC in scoring defense (61.5) and ranks fifth scoring offense (62.7), eighth in rebounding margin (-7.5) and sixth 3FG made/game (6.8)
• The Pioneers as a team rank fourth in the NEC in three-point percentage as they rack up 34.5% from beyond the arc.
THE BENCH IS STRONG WITH THIS TEAM
- The Sacred Heart bench scores an average of 14.5 points per game and proved itself a key weapon against New Hampshire as the bench tallied 21 points against the Wildcats.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
- The Pios had three players score in double figures in the win against Hofstra as Erin Storck (16), Adrianne Hagood (16) and Madison Cheatham (11) each scored double digit points in the Pioneers 70-64 win.
STORCK FLYING HIGH
- Graduate Student Erin Storck currently leads the Pioneers in points this season with a total of 72 on the year. She is currently averaging 14.4 points per game which is also leading the team.
HAGOOD MAKES THE DAY GOOD
- Sophomore guard Adrianne Hagood had an impressive game against Hofstra on Thursday as she racked up 16 points while compiling three rebounds and three steals.
- The key turning point in the fourth quarter would be a key layup by sophomore Adrianne Hagood with 1:39 left in the fourth to put the Pioneers ahead 67-64.
- SHU shot over 40% percent in the win (44.4 percent), while the Pride shot 40.7 percent. Hofstra held a 35-24 edge on the boards, but SHU was better on fast break points with 10 as well as in assists with 13. The Pioneers also forced more turnovers making the Pride turnover the ball 18 times.
PILOTING THE PIONEERS
- Graduate Student Erin Storck scored 16 points while contributing nine rebounds and three assists.
- Sophomore Adrianne Hagood also scored 16 points and added three steals, junior Madison Cheatham tallied 11 points and five boards as well.
CHEATHAM RISING THROUGH THE RANKS
- Junior Center Madison Cheatham had an impressive performance against Hofstra on Thursday night as she tallied a career high 11 points as well as setting career highs in rebounds and free-throws made.
- She went 4-4 from the field while nailing all three of five free-throws in the game to round out the day with 11 points. If Cheatham continues to play in games she could be a key asset to the squad this season.
FREE THROWS ARE THE WAY TO GO
- The Pioneers have greatly improved there free throw percentage from the beginning of this year as recently in the past two games they have an average free throw percentage of 74% from the line.
- In the team's first two games, the Pioneers were only shooting 58.3% from the line. A 8% boost could be a difference maker in the closing minutes of the game which means free throws could be a deciding factor.
SCOUTING THE SEAWOLVES
- The Seawolves are coming off a two game homestand with its most recent game coming against Cornell as the Seawolves prevailed with a 63-61 victory to improve the team's overall record to 6-1 overall on year.
- Shania Johnson (Frederick, Md.) and Jerell Matthews (Chicago, Ill.) are the two big point-getters for the team, totaling 233 points.
- Johnson has tallied 123 points thus far, with 75 coming from behind the arc, and has amassed 65 assists, 31 rebounds and 19 steals.
- Matthews has contributed 110 points, 36 rebounds, 13 steals and six blocks. She is also 14-of-18 from the free throw line.
LAST TIME OUT
- SHU and Stony Brook last met on Dec. 12, 2012 at Stony Brook with the Seawolves pulling out a 51-46 win.
- Ericka Norman finished with eight points and seven assists while recording 10 steals
- The Seawolves started the game with a quick six-point run, holding the Pioneers scoreless until Gabrielle Washington, on her way to a game-leading 19-points, landed a trey just over three minutes into the game to put Sacred Heart on the board.
- Stony Brook opened the second half with a 13-point run, within which Goodman tied the game with a three-pointer at 26-26 and Jessica Previlon's layup gave the Seawolves the go-ahead.
- Stony Brook maintained the lead for most of the second half before a Washington triple gave SHU a brief lead, 43-42 with four minutes left to play. Goodman was quick to answer, laying one in 30 seconds later to put the Seawolves back on top for good.
- After the teams exchanged possessions during a two-minute scoring drought, Washington brought the Pioneers within three, 49-46, landing a shot from the top of the arc with just 23 seconds on the clock. Stony Brook added two more from the charity stripe to put the win away.