WBB Opens New Season Against NJIT
Courtesy: Seton Hall Athletic Communications
SETON HALL (0-0) VS. NJIT (0-0)
South Orange, N.J. (Walsh Gymnasium)
Friday, Nov. 9 • 5:00 PM
Webcast: www.shupirates.com (Joey Wahler)
Radio: 89.5 WSOU (Play-by-play: Brendan Borthwick; Color: Vincent Coughlin)
ALL-TIME IN HOME OPENERS
Seton Hall boasts an all-time record of 27-7 in its first home game of a new season. Last year the Pirates defeated Florida Gulf Coast, 57-51, in its first home game of the season and Seton Hall has won five of its last six home openers dating back to the 2006-07 season.
ALL-TIME IN SEASON OPENERS
The Pirates record in season-opening contests is nearly identical to their mark in home openers, with Seton Hall holding a 29-10 all-time mark in season-opening tilts. Last year's 57-51 win over Florida Gulf Coast was not only the home opener, but also the season opener for Seton Hall, which has kicked off a new campaign with a win in four of the last five seasons overall.
SETON HALL VS. THE GWC
Friday night's season opener against NJIT will mark just the second time Seton Hall will face a member of the Great West Conference. The Pirates are 0-1 all-time against GWC programs, falling to Utah Valley, 78-73, in overtime on Nov. 21, 2007, in Orem, Utah.
MAKING A COMEBACK
Seton Hall redshirt sophomore point guard Ka-Deidre Simmons returns to the lineup for Seton Hall after missing all of the 2011-12 season with an injury. The 5-foot-8-inch point guard out of Newark, N.J., averaged 7.2 points and 3.4 assists per game in 2010-11, when she received BIG EAST All-Freshman accolades after appearing in all 30 games for Seton Hall, making 27 starts in the back court.
A pair of Seton Hall seniors, Brittany Morris and Terry Green, are continuing their ascent up the program record books in three-point field goals in three-point attempts. Heading into their finals seasons, Morris ranks sixth in school history with 102 career three-pointers while Green ranks eighth with 99-career threes. Green is fifth all-time with 355 three-point attempts while Morris is just behind her in sixth place with 337 long-range attempts.
Led by Terry Green and Brittany Morris the Pirates were very proficient from three-point range a season ago. Of Seton Hall's best eight single-game three-point shooting performances in school history, a whopping five of them came during the 2011-12 season. The Pirates tied their single-game record with 11 makes against Drexel on Dec. 12, 2011, and made 10 threes at New Hampshire and nine against Marquette, Syracuse and DePaul.
LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN
Senior Terry Green etched her name in the school record book with an amazing thee-point shooting clinic against DePaul last season. She was a perfect 7-for-7 from three-point range, which set a Seton Hall record in addition to being the best performance from three for a BIG EAST player last season.
EARLY SEASON TESTS
Head coach Anne Donovan has put together a very challenging non-conference schedule that will provide her team with a number of early season tests as it prepares for the rigors of the BIG EAST Conference. Two of Seton Hall's non-conference opponents, South Carolina, and Michigan, are receiving votes in the preseason Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches Poll, and the Pirates will also travel to Wake Forest in addition to hosting future BIG EAST member Memphis, before opening BIG EAST play on January 5.
Once again the Pirates will be participating in a holiday tournament as this season the team will head to Malibu, Calif., to compete in the Pepperdine University Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 23-24. Seton Hall will face Wyoming in its tournament opener on Nov. 23, at 4 p.m., and then play either host Pepperdine or South Dakota on Nov. 24.
WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS ARENA
When Seton Hall faces St. John's University on Saturday, Jan. 12, it will be a truly unique experience for the Pirates as the contest will take place at the World's Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, as a part of a St. John's men's and women's hoops double header.
April Phillips has joined the Seton Hall University coaching staff as the SHU Coordinator of Basketball Operations. Phillips was a four-year letter winner at Xavier University where she helped the Musketeers win three-straight Atlantic 10 championships and was a three-time All-Atlantic 10 honoree. After college she played internationally in Israel, Finland and Belgium.
HOME AND AWAY OPPONENTS
Seton Hall's BIG EAST schedule will feature at least one meeting with all 14 of its conference foes but the Pirates will face both USF (Jan. 22 & Feb. 16) and St. John's University (Jan. 12 & March 2) both at Walsh Gymnasium and on the road.
PIRATE SPORTS NETWORK
The Pirate Sports Network is back for the 2012-13 season and better than ever. With the addition of multiple cameras, the live broadcasts can now be see in high definition with audio play-by-play and color commentary provided by industry professionals Jon Schaeffer and Joey Wahler.
BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES POLL
Seton Hall University was picked to finish in a tie for 13th place with the University of Pittsburgh in the 2012-13 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches Poll. The University of Connecticut received 12 first place votes to claim the top spot in the poll while the University of Notre Dame came in second, receiving the other three first-place tallies.
BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2013 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship will take place from Friday-Tuesday, March 8-12, and will return to the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. For the fifth-straight season all 15 BIG EAST teams will be invited to Hartford for the conference tournament.