FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart women's basketball team travels to take on Georgetown in the WNIT First Round on Friday, as officially announced by the WNIT on Monday evening. Tip-off time from McDonough Arena is 7:00 PM.
This marks the eighth national postseason tournament appearance for SHU (4x WNIT, 3x NCAA, 1x WBI) and the fourth in the WNIT (2017, 2016, 2013), all of which have come in the last seven seasons. The Pioneers are looking for their first-ever win in a national postseason tournament play (0-7 all-time) as SHU enters this year's tourney with an 0-3 all-time WNIT record with prior defeats coming at St. John's (2017), Drake (2016) and Boston Univ. (2013).
BREAKING �� | @SacredHeartWBB will travel to take on @GeorgetownWBB in First Round of the @WomensNIT on Friday (tip-off time is TBD) ��— SHU Pioneers (@SHUBigRed) March 19, 2019
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The 2018-19 Pioneers advanced to a fourth consecutive NEC semifinal while making continuing a remarkable run that has seen SHU advance to the NEC Tournament in all 20 seasons since joining the conference in 1999-00. With an overall mark of 19-12 and 14-4 in the NEC, SHU earns the WNIT nod after top-seeded Robert Morris won the 2019 NEC title, thus giving the league's automatic WNIT bid to the second-seeded Pioneers.
SHU caught fire down the stretch, entering the NEC Tournament with a league-leading five-game win streak that included impressive wins over the Colonials and St. Francis U at home. After defeating seventh-seeded Wagner, 68-51, in the NEC Quarterfinals from the Pitt Center, the Pioneers fell to the 2018 NEC Champion Red Flash, 68-60, in the NEC Semifinals for the second consecutive season.
Depth is certainly on the side of the Pioneers as SHU matched an NEC record with four All-Conference honorees in 2018-19, a feat that has been accomplished just one other time (FDU in 2014-15 was the only other). Katherine Haines headlines SHU's four all-league members as the forward became the 12th player in program history to earn All-NEC First Team honors. Candice Leatherwood earned a spot on the All-NEC Second Team while Erin Storck and Adrianne Hagood were members of the All-NEC Third Team.
The Pioneers draw a talented Georgetown squad out of the BIG EAST that stands 16-15 overall and 9-9 in conference play. Earning the No. 4 seed in the 2019 BIG EAST Tournament, the Hoyas advanced to the semifinal round before being bounced by top-seeded Marquette, 75-62. This marked the first time in program history that Georgetown advanced to the semifinal round of the BIG EAST Tournament in consecutive seasons.
Georgetown owns an impressive 11-5 home record this season and recently had a season-high five-game win streak halted with the BIG EAST Semifinal loss to Marquette. Dorothy Adomako leads the Hoyas averaging 16.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Dionna White (16.4 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 3.3 APG) provides great all-around play and is dynamic on the defensive end, ranking 19th in the nation in steals per game (2.8). The Hoyas take great care of the basketball, ranking 16th in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (12.5) while leading the BIG EAST in blocks per game (4.6).
This will be the fourth all-time meeting between the two teams, with Georgetown winning all three prior meetings. The most-recent game played between the two sides came in 2012-13 when the Hoyas defeated the Pioneers 90-63 from the McDonough Arena on Nov. 9, 2012.