MOUNT ST. MARY'S (7-12, 5-3 NEC) at SACRED HEART (8-9, 3-4 NEC)
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 | 11:30 a.m.
William H. Pitt Center | Fairfield, Conn.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team embarks on a four-game road trip with Saturday morning's test at Sacred Heart. The Mountaineers had won four in a row from mid- to late-January, but are looking to bounce back after going 1-2 in their last three games. Averaging 13.6 points per game this season, senior Jacqueline Brewer ranks 10th in the Northeast Conference by scoring 15.1 points per game in league play.
GAME DETAILS: Saturday's game at Sacred Heart is the first game of a doubleheader at the William H. Pitt Center with the Mount's men's basketball team taking on the Pioneers at 2 p.m. Both games will be streamed through ESPN3 and simulcast through NECFrontRow.com. Craig D'Amico will do play-by-play with Pam Roecker providing color commentary for the women's game.
LAST TIME OUT: The Mount ran into a hot-shooting Robert Morris team, falling 68-44 on Monday night at Knott Arena in Northeast Conference action. The Mountaineers suffered just their second home loss of the season.
Jacqueline Brewer led the offensive attack for the Mount with 14 points to go with eight rebounds, while the Colonials shot 49.0 percent (25-for-51) from the field. Megan Smith posted a game-high 15 points for RMU, with Rebeca Navarro adding 13.
ABOUT SACRED HEART: Selected second in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, Sacred Heart sits in fifth place in the standings with a 3-4 conference mark. The Pioneers' potent offense ranks second in the NEC with 70.4 points per game while leading the league with a team field goal percentage of .429. Hannah Kimmel ranks sixth in the league in scoring (16.5 ppg) and third in rebounding (8.6 rpg), while leading SHU in both categories.
LAST SEASON VS. SACRED HEART: The Mount and Sacred Heart split a pair of games last season with both teams winning on the road. In the Jan. 11 meeting at Knott Arena, Jacqueline Brewer's first career double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds was not enough in the Mount's 84-78 loss.
In the return trip to Fairfield, Conn., the Mount earned its first-ever road win at Sacred Heart to improve to 1-14 in games versus the Pioneers at the William H. Pitt Center. Then-seniors Sydney Henderson, Ashley Christie and Kayla Grossett all scored in double figures with Henderson leading the way with 22.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. SACRED HEART: The Mount's record versus Sacred Heart stands at 5-24 in the all-time series entering Saturday. The Mount won three of the first four meetings with Sacred Heart dating back to the first meeting on Jan. 20, 2000. Sacred Heart went on to win 13 in a row over the Mount until Bryan Whitten's first season in 2007-08. After a victory by the Mount on Jan. 19, 2008, SHU won 10 in a row in the series before the Mount's 76-63 victory on Feb. 15, 2014.
QUEST FOR 700: Mount St. Mary's has won 692 games at the varsity level and is eight away from 700. There are currently 67 programs that have competed at the Division I level at least 10 years and have reached the 700-wins plateau. The Mount would be the first NEC team to reach 700 wins.
RISE AND SHINE: Saturday's 11:30 a.m. tip is the Mount's third morning start time this season. The Mount's season opener at Maryland began at 11 a.m., and the Jan. 17 game versus LIU Brooklyn at Barclays Center also was an 11 a.m. start.
UP NEXT: The Mount heads to Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. to take on St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m.