WBB Returns Home to Host Siena
Courtesy: Seton Hall Athletic Communications
SETON HALL (2-4) vs. SIENA (2-3)
South Orange, N.J. (Walsh Gymnasium)
Wednesday, Nov. 28 • 7:00 PM
Webcast: www.shupirates.com (Jason Guerette)
Radio: 89.5 FM WSOU (Play-by-play: Brendan Borthwick; Color: Fernando Torres)
ABOUT THE MATCHUP
Seton Hall will face Siena for just the second time in program history and the first since 2003. The Saints won the only other meeting with Seton Hall, picking up a 66-58 win in the first round of the WNIT. Wednesday night's game will be the first-ever regular season meeting between the two teams.
SETON HALL STATUS
Seton Hall opens a two-game home stand after playing four-straight games away from the friendly confines of Walsh Gymnasium. The Pirates fell to Temple on Nov. 14, and faced Michigan, Wyoming and South Dakota during a three game road trip that saw the Pirates travel from Ann Arbor, Mich., to Malibu, Calif. Senior Brittany Morris has led the team in scoring five times and redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons scored a team-high 14 points against South Dakota.
The Siena College Saints snapped a three-game losing streak with a 62-44 road victory over Binghamton on Nov. 24. The Saints forced 27 turnovers against Binghamton and had three players score in double figures. Senior forward Lilly Grenci leads Siena in scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (9.2 rpg) and has already gotten to the free throw line 30 times this year where she is shooting 73.3 percent (22-for-30).
SETON HALL VS. MAAC
The Seton Hall University women's basketball team boasts a 61-10 all-time record against schools from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), but the Pirates are 0-1 all-time against Siena. Wednesday night's matchup with the Saints will be the first meeting between Seton Hall and a team from the MAAC since the Pirates picked up a 54-52 win over Saint Peter's on Dec. 19, 2009, in South Orange.
KA-DEIDRE SIMMONS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Redshirt sophomore point guard Ka-Deidre Simmons was named to the Pepperdine Thanksgiving Tournament All-Tournament team for her roll in leading the Pirates in games against Wyoming and South Dakota. Simmons averaged 13 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in the tournament. She scored a season high 14 points against South Dakota and netted 12 points with five assists and no turnovers against Wyoming.
MASEKO SEEING DOUBLE
Senior forward Alexandra Maseko recorded the first double-double of her career and the first for Seton Hall this season when she scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds against South Dakota on Nov. 24. The 11 points were just one off her career high while it was the first time in her career she reached double figures in rebounds. The 10 rebounds were also an individual game-high for Seton Hall this season.
ALEXIS BROWN HOSTS CAREER DAY
Sophomore guard Alexis Brown turned in the best offensive performance of her career when the Pirates faced South Dakota on Nov. 24. She scored a career-high 13 points, scoring in double figures for the first time in her career, and also had a career-high six field goals to go along with six rebounds and two steals.
FOUR PLAYERS SCORE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Seton Hall saw four players score in double figures in its game against South Dakota on Nov. 24, the first time since the Pirates faced Syracuse last season. Redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons scored a game-high 14 points, sophomore Alexis Brown netted a career-high 13 points, senior Brittany Morris tallied 12 points and senior Alexandra Maseko registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
MORRIS LEADING THE CHARGE
Senior guard Brittany Morris has led Seton Hall in scoring in five of its six games, pouring in a season-high 23 points in the Pirates' 60-54 win over Lafayette on Nov. 11. Morris shot 8-for-10 from the floor in the win, which ties for the third-best single-game shooting performance in school history. She currently ranks 14th in the BIG EAST in scoring with 14.0 points per game.
DISHING THE ROCK
Redshirt sophomore point guard Ka-Deidre Simmons tied her career-high with five assists against Wyoming on Nov. 23. Making her stat line more impressive is the fact that she had no turnovers and ranked second on the team in scoring with 12 points. Simmons has notched five assists in a game four times in her career and she scored in double figures for the eighth time.
Seton Hall turned in its best defensive effort of the season against Wyoming on Nov. 23. The Pirates limited the Cowgirls to just 20 first-half points and only 33.3 percent (15-of-45) shooting for the game in addition to holding Wyoming to just 2-for-13 (15.4 percent) from three while forcing 24 turnovers.
Once again the Pirates participated in a holiday tournament as this season the team traveled to Malibu, Calif., to compete in the Pepperdine University Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 23-24. Seton Hall faced Wyoming in the opening game and South Dakota in the consolation final.
MAKING THEM PAY
So far this season Seton Hall has outscored four of its six opponents in opportunities off of turnovers, holding a 92-71 edge over the opposition. The Pirates have a +3.17 turnover margin, which ranks sixth in the BIG EAST.
FINISHING FREE THROWS
Seton Hall is doing a great job of converting at the free throw line this season. The Pirates are shooting 72.8 percent (75-of-103) from the stripe, which ranks 4th in the BIG EAST.
FORCING THE ISSUE
Seton Hall got its hands in a lot of passing lanes at Temple on Nov. 14, forcing a season-high 26 turnovers against the Owls. It was the most turnovers the Pirates had forced in a single game in nearly two years, since the University of Rhode Island turned the ball over 31 times in a 73-69 Seton Hall win on Dec. 29. 2010.
BROWN MAKES SEASON DEBUT
Versatile sophomore guard Alexis Brown made her season debut at Temple on Nov. 14, after missing the first two games of the season and she wasted no time in filling up the stat sheet. Although she finished the game with just four points, she also had seven rebounds, a team-high four assists and a career-high six steals in 25 minutes.
600 AND COUNTING
With her 23 points in a win over Lafayette on Nov. 11, senior guard Brittany Morris passed 600 points in her career. She has scored 655 points over her three-plus seasons at Seton Hall, and is averaging 7.7 points per game in 85-career games played.
Freshman forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith has stepped in and made an immediate impact on the floor for Seton Hall through the first six games of the season. She scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting against Lafayette on Nov. 11, and ranks fourth on the team with 6.3 points per game. She is also a perfect 6-for-6 at the free-throw line.
Seton Hall senior forward Terry Green eclipsed a couple of career milestones in SHU's 69-66 win over NJIT in the season opener in Nov. 9. By knocking down a three-pointer in the second half, she recorded career-triple No. 100, which ranks eighth in school history, and she also finished the game with nine points, which was good enough to move her over 500-points for her career.
Three different players, senior Brittany Morris (15), redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons (12) and senior Alexandra Maseko (11) finished with double digit points against NJIT on Nov. 9. It marked the first time Seton Hall had at least three players score in double figures since four accomplished the feat against Syracuse on Jan. 22, 2012.
TAKING THE CHARITY
Seton Hall shot a stellar 24-for-30 (.800) from the free throw line in the season opening 69-66 victory over NJIT, including an 8-for-8 performance from senior Brittany Morris. It was the most free throw makes and attempts for Seton Hall since it shot 28-for-40 in a 72-69 win over Louisiana Tech on Nov. 24, 2011.
PIRATES HOLD OFF NJIT IN SEASON OPENER
Senior guard Brittany Morris scored 15 points and pulled down a career-high seven rebounds to lead Seton Hall to a 69-66 victory over NJIT in the season opener on Nov. 9. The Pirates led by as many as six points in the second half, but found themselves in a tie game with under a minute to play. Senior forward Alexandra Maseko and Morris iced the win by going 3-for-4 at the line down the stretch.
NO SIGNS OF RUST
Playing in her first game since March 4, 2011, redshirt sophomore point guard Ka-Deidre Simmons returned to the court for Seton Hall in its season opener against NJIT and made an immediate difference as the Pirates' floor general. She finished with 12 points, for her seventh-career double-digit scoring game, and also led the team with four assists in 35 minutes.
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. Morris is third in school history with 113 career three-pointers while Green ranks eighth with 100-career threes. Green is third all-time with 382 three-point attempts while Morris is just behind her in fourth place with 378 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 three-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, received 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.
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, Joey Wahler and Jason Guerette.
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.