WBB Hosts New Orleans for Matinee
Courtesy: Seton Hall Athletic Communications
SETON HALL (3-7) vs. NEW ORLEANS (1-9)
South Orange, N.J. (Walsh Gymnasium)
Wednesday, Dec. 19 • 1:00 PM
Webcast: www.shupirates.com (Jon Schaeffer)
Radio: 89.5 WSOU FM (Play-by-play: Vincent Coughlin; Color: Russell Simon)
ABOUT THE MATCHUP
Seton Hall will face the University of New Orleans for the first time in program history. New Orleans is the fourth team this season that the Pirates are playing for the first time. The Privateers are currently an independent program, set to join the Southland Conference for the 2013-14 season.
SETON HALL STATUS
Seton Hall is in the midst of a five-game home stand and the Pirates are coming off a 74-64 loss to Mount St. Mary's on Sunday afternoon at Walsh Gym. Redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons scored a team-high 16 points and had five assists against Mount St. Mary's, while senior Alexandra Maseko tied her career-high with 12 points and sophomore Alexis Brown pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds to go along with eight points and five assists.
NEW ORLEANS STATUS
The University of New Orleans has lost seven-straight games heading into Wednesday afternoon's contest, most recently falling to Jackson State on Sunday, Dec. 16, 82-51. The Privateers are led by two players who score in double figures, Keri Thomas (13.0 ppg) and Mirjam Sipos (10.0 ppg). Thomas had 17 points and eight rebounds in New Orleans' loss to Jackson State.
SIMMONS ON A HOT STREAK
Redshirt sophomore point guard Ka-Deidre Simmons has led the Pirates in scoring in back-to-back games and is averaging 17 points and 5.5 assists per game in the last two SHU contests. Over the past six games, she is averaging 12.2 points and 3.5 assists per game; both totals are above her season averages of 9.5 points and 2.8 assists per game.
700 WITHIN REACH
With her 23 points in a win over Lafayette on Nov. 11, senior guard Brittany Morris passed 600 points in her career and now she needs just 10 more points to reach another career plateau, 700. She has scored 690 points over her three-plus seasons at Seton Hall, and is averaging 7.8 points per game in 89-career games played. This season she leads the Pirates with 11.9 points per game.
Sophomor guard Alexis Brown set a new career-high and 2012-13 Seton Hall season-high with 12 rebounds against Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 16. It was the first double-digit rebound game of her career and the first time this season an SHU player finished with 12 rebounds or six offensive rebounds.
HEADY MAKES COLLEGIATE DEBUT
After missing the first seven games of her freshman season due to injury, freshman forward Shannise Heady made her collegiate debut against Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 16. The Hazel Crest, Ill., native came off the bench to log four minutes during her first action in a Seton Hall uniform.
FIRST-CAREER START FOR WEBB
Junior center Brittany Webb made the first start of her career when the Pirates faced Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 16. She finished the game with two points and three rebounds in 10 minutes of action against the Mountaineers.
MORRIS AMONG THE NATION'S LEADER
Senior guard Brittany Morris is not only leading the Pirates in scoring, but her free-throw shooting this season stands amongst the leaders in the nation. She is shooting a stellar 90.9 percent (30-for-33) from the free throw line which ranks first in the BIG EAST Conference and 18th in the country.
MASEKO INTERVIEWS AS RHODES SCHOLAR FINALIST
Senior forward Alexandra Maseko, a political science major with a 3.824 cumulative GPA, was chosen as one of seven finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship in her native Zimbabwe. Maseko flew home to Harare, Zimbabwe, to participate in the Rhodes Scholarship official interview on Tuesday, Dec. 11, but unfortunately she was not one of just two selections from Zimbabwe for the prestigious international grant.
SIMMONS BREAKS OUT
Redshirt sophomore point guard Ka-Deidre Simmons enjoyed one of the best performances of her career against Wake Forest on Dec. 8. She scored a season-high 18 points, just one point shy of matching her career-high, while shooting 6-for-8 from the field and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line. She also set a new career-high with six assists and had three steals and three rebounds in 37 minutes of action.
JOHNSON ERUPTS ON OFFENSE
Junior forward Janee Johnson scored in double figures for the first time in a Seton Hall uniform, netting 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting at Wake Forest on Dec. 8. Her points scored and made field goals both represented career-best marks, and she also pulled down six rebounds against the Demon Deacons.
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. Redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons has led SHU in assists five times, while sophomore Alexis Brown has done so four times and senior Brittany Morris has recorded the team-high assist total in three games. Simmons and Brown had a team-high five assists in the Pirates' last outing against Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 16. Brown is averaging a team-best 3.1 assists per game.
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 fourth on the team in scoring with 6.4 points per game and is shooting 33.3 percent (25-for-75) from the floor, ranking second on the team with eight 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 then 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 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.
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.
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 73.4 percent (102-of-139) from the stripe, which ranks 4th in the BIG EAST and 52nd 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.
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 119 career three-pointers while Green is tied for sixth with 104-career threes. Morris is tied for second all-time with 397 three-point attempts while Green is just behind her in fourth place with 391 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.