NEC PULLS ALL-RED WILDCARD

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They are two of the top-three teams in the conference standings and they’ve made for some memorable meetings in recent years.

First-place Sacred Heart and third-place Saint Francis U will clash again in Monday night’s NEC regular season finale and ESPN3 will carry the action live.

On Wednesday, the Northeast Conference announced that the Pioneers and the Red Flash would occupy the wildcard slot on its Game of the Week schedule.

SFU and SHU will tip off in Loretto at 7:00 pm ET on February 27. Craig D’Amico (play-by-play) and Coach Pam Roecker (color) will have the call.

Sacred Heart triumphed in the season’s first meeting with SFU, posting a 73-63 win in Fairfield on December 31. SHU sophomore forward Katherine Haines logged a double-double (14 points, 16 rebounds) while reigning NEC Player of the Year Hannah Kimmel scored 18 points. The Pioneers limited the Red Flash to a 6-for-28 sample from downtown.

Jessica Mannetti and Joe Haigh have coached against one another in the NEC Tournament in two of the past three years. Mannetti’s Pioneers recorded a 92-71 victory over the Flash in the 2016 NEC semifinal round. In 2014, Haigh’s Red Flash outlasted the Pioneers in a quarterfinal round classic. The 132-124 two-overtime affair ranks as the second-highest scoring game in NCAA Division I women’s history.

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