WBB Battles ACC Foe Wake Forest
Courtesy: Seton Hall Athletic Communications
SETON HALL (3-5) at WAKE FOREST (4-5)
Winston Salem, N.C. (Lawrence Joel Coliseum)
Saturday, Dec. 8 • 2:00 PM
Radio: 89.5 WSOU (Play-by-play: Vincent Coughlin; Color: Brendan Borthwick)
ABOUT THE MATCHUP
Seton Hall and Wake Forest will be matching up for the second straight year and for the third time overall. It is the first time the Pirates will travel to Lawrence Joel Coliseum with the previous two meetings taking place in Walsh Gym. Wake Forest picked up a 60-44 win at Seton Hall last season, the only other meeting came back in 1990, resulting in an SHU victory, 71-61.
SETON HALL STATUS
The Pirates are coming off a 55-42 loss to No. 24 South Carolina on Dec. 2. Seton Hall led that game by as many as six points in the first half and the Pirates were led in scoring by senior guard Brittany Morris' 10 points. Morris is averaging a team-high 12.3 ppg and she has led the Pirates in scoring six times so far this season. Seton Hall has shot 50.0 percent from three (4-for-8) in two-straight games.
WAKE FOREST STATUS
Wake Forest in at the end of a three-game home stand, and is coming into Saturday's game on a two-game win streak after picking up wins over Charleston Southern (77-57) and Florida A&M (80-60). The Demon Deacons feature three players who average double figures and are led by Lakevia Boykin's 13.7 ppg. All four of Wake Forest's wins have come at home while the Demon Deacons are 0-5 away from Lawrence Joel.SETON HALL
ALL-TIME VS. ACC
The Seton Hall University women's basketball team is 27-62 all-time against the current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, which includes three former members of the BIG EAST: Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech. Last season's 60-44 loss to Wake Forest was the last time the Pirates matched up with an opponent from the ACC.
BIG EAST AND THE ACC
The BIG EAST Conference is 4-4 against the Atlantic Coast Conference in head-to-head matchups this season. The BIG EAST is 48-32 against the ACC over the past five seasons.
PLAYING THE POINT
Seton Hall has had a number of different players handle point guard duties throughout the season and the Pirates have already had three different players lead them in assists in multiple games. Sophomore Alexis Brown senior Brittany Morris and redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons have led SHU in assists in three games apiece, with Simmons recorded a team-high five assists in the Pirates' last outing against South Carolina on Dec. 2. Morris leads the team with 22 total assists but Brown is averaging a team-best 3.0 assists per game.
Seton Hall has been much more effective on long-range shots over its past two games, shooting a season-best 50.0 percent (4-for-8) in each of its last two games. The Pirates were shooting just 16.9 percent (15-for-89) from three over the first six games of the year, averaging 14.8 three-point attempts per game. Seton Hall has shot just eight threes per game in its last three contests, and the Pirates have seen that shooting percentage increase to 33.3 percent (8-for-24).
MORRIS LEADING THE CHARGE
Senior guard Brittany Morris has led Seton Hall in scoring in six of its eight 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 22nd in the BIG EAST in scoring with 12.3 points per game.
FIVE-GAME HOME STAND
When Seton Hall faces Wake Forest on Saturday, Dec. 8, it will be the Pirates' final road game of 2012 and the last time the Pirates will play on the road for 31 days. Seton Hall returns home to start a five-game home stand on Sunday, Dec. 16, against Mount St. Mary's University. The next time the Pirates hit the road will be its second BIG EAST game of the season, at Cincinnati on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Freshman forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith lifted the Pirates to a 57-48 win over Siena on Nov. 28, by pouring in a career-high 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the floor. She also nailed three three-pointers and tied for the team lead with six rebounds. So far this season Richardson-Smith ranks third on the team in scoring with 7.1 points per game and is shooting 34.4 percent (22-for-64) from the floor, ranking second on the team with seven made three-pointers.
JOHNSON MAKES FIRST-CAREER START
Junior Janee Johnson made her first-career start in a Seton Hall uniform in the Pirates' 57-48 win over Siena on Nov. 28. She logged a season-high 21 minutes against the Saints and finished with four points, five rebounds and two steals.
TOP OFFENSIVE OUTPUT
Seton Hall's 57-48 win over Siena on Nov. 28, was its most efficient offensive performance of the season thus far. The Pirates shot a season-high 43.1 percent (22-of-51) from the field, and had 14 assists on 22 field goals. Seton Hall was also efficient from downtown, shooting 4-for-8 and out-rebounded the Saints 34-32.
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, for 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.
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.
FINISHING FREE THROWS
Seton Hall is doing a great job of converting at the free throw line this season. The Pirates are shooting 71.7 percent (86-of-120) from the stripe, which ranks 6th in the BIG EAST and 86th in the nation.
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 669 points over her three-plus seasons at Seton Hall, and is averaging 7.7 points per game in 87-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 eight games of the season. She scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting against Lafayette on Nov. 11, and ranks third on the team with 7.1 points per game.
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, and she also finished the game with nine points, which was good enough to move her over 500-points for her career.
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 115 career three-pointers while Green is seventh with 102-career threes. Green is third all-time with 385 three-point attempts while Morris is just behind her in fourth place with 383 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.