Pirates Host Wofford on Sunday
Courtesy: Seton Hall Athletic Communications
SETON HALL (4-8) vs. WOFFORD (5-4)
South Orange, N.J. (Walsh Gymnasium)
Sunday, Dec. 30 • 2:00 PM
Webcast: www.shupirates.com (Jon Schaeffer)
Radio: 89.5 WSOU FM (Play-by-play: Brendan Borthwick; Color: Fernando Torres)
ABOUT THE MATCHUP
Seton Hall will be facing Wofford for the first time in program history. Of the Pirates' 13 non-conference games, five of them featured programs the team was facing for the first time in program history. Seton Hall is 2-2 against first-time foes this season.
SETON HALL STATUS
Seton Hall nearly came back from a 15-point second half deficit against Memphis on Dec. 22, closing to within five points late in the game before falling 65-58. Senior Brittany Morris paced the offense with 22 points and four three-point field goals, while redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons extended her double-figure scoring streak to four-straight games with 15 points against the Tigers.
Wofford won four of its first five games to start the 2012-13 season but the Terriers have lost three of their last four games heading into Sunday afternoon's matchup with the Pirates. After a 58-52 win at Alabama on Dec. 17, Wofford returned home and suffered a 62-57 loss to Gardner-Webb on Dec. 19. Morgan Wrightson leads Wofford with 12.4 points per game while Daniella Motley averages a double-double with 11.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per contest.
SETON HALL ALL-TIME VS. SOUTHERN CONFERENCE
When Seton Hall hosts Wofford on Sunday afternoon it will mark the first-ever meeting between the Pirates and a current member of the Southern Conference.
BIG EAST AND THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE
The BIG EAST Conference is 3-0 against the Southern Conference in head-to-head matchups this season. The BIG EAST is 17-2 against the Southern Conference over the past five seasons.
Seton Hall is 23-13 all-time in its first game following the Christmas holiday and the Pirates have won 11 of their last 14 games coming off of the Christmas break.
Through the first eight games of the season Seton Hall faced a rebounding deficit as the Pirates were being outrebounded by a margin of five boards per game. Seton Hall has reversed that trend, outrebounding each of its last four opponents by an average of 11.2 rebounds per game, including a season-best +18 rebounding margin (43-25) against Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 16. The Pirates now have a positive 0.4 edge in rebounds per game.
MORRIS GOES FOR 20 AGAIN
Senior guard Brittany Morris has the two highest scoring games of the season for Seton Hall, netting a career-high 23 points against Lafayette on Nov. 11, and pouring in 22 points against Memphis on Dec. 22. She made a season-high four three-point field goals and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the line in accounting for her 22 points against Memphis and leads Seton Hall with 12.8 points per game this season.
SIMMONS EXTENDS HOT STREAK
Redshirt sophomore point guard Ka-Deidre Simmons has scored in double figures in four-straight games and is averaging 15.3 points and 6.3 assists per game over that stretch. She now ranks 14th in the BIG EAST with 3.5 assists per game, ninth with an .783 free throw percentage and eighth with 33.6 minutes played per game.
FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons enjoyed one of the most productive games of her career in SHU's 82-35 win over New Orleans on Dec. 19, and she finished with her first double-double in a Pirates' uniform. She scored 12 points and dished out a career-high 10 assists in 35 minutes.
With its 47-point victory over New Orleans on Dec. 19 the Pirates set a number of new single-game high marks for the 2012-13 season:
• The Pirates scored a season-high 82 points
• SHU shot a season-best 51.6 percent (33-for-64) from the field
• The 33 field goals made as also a season-high
• Seton Hall made a season-high nine three pointers and shot a 2012-13 best 56.3 percent (9-for-16) from three-point range
• The Pirates had a season-high 26 assists on their 33 made field goals
A WHOLE LOT OF ASSISTS
Led by redshirt sophomore point guard Ka-Deidre Simmons' career-high 10 assists, Seton Hall racked up 26 total assists, the highest team assist output this season and the seventh-highest in a single game in program history. It was the first time the Pirates had 20 assists in a game since a 76-52 win over Arkansas State on Nov. 21, 2009, and the most the team had total since dishing out 27 assists against Providence College on Feb. 24, 1998.
ONE BIG WIN
Seton Hall defeated the University of New Orleans, 82-35, on Dec. 19, in what was the largest margin of victory for Seton Hall since a 52-point, 95-43, win over Norfolk State on Dec. 31, 2008.
TERRY GREEN FOR THREE!
Senior Terry Green had her first breakout game offensively for Seton Hall this season when she came off the bench to score 15 points on 5-of-6 long-range shooting in the Pirates' 82-35 win over New Orleans on Dec. 19. Green, who ranks fifth in program history with 109 three-point buckets in her career had made just five three-pointers all season prior to the game against New Orleans when she managed to double that amount.
MORRIS ECLIPSES 700-CAREER POINTS
With her 13 points in a win over New Orleans on Dec. 19, senior guard Brittany Morris passed 700 points in her career. She has scored 725 points over her three-plus seasons at Seton Hall, and is averaging 8.0 points per game in 91-career games played. This season she leads the Pirates with 12.8 points per game, which ranks 22nd in the BIG EAST.
Sophomore 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 92.3 percent (36-for-39) 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.
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.
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 6.8 points per game and is shooting 37.4 percent (34-for-91) from the floor, ranking third 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.
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 73.8 percent (118-of-160) from the stripe, which ranks 3rd 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.
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.
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.
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 126 career three-pointers while Green is tied for fifth with 109-career threes. Morris is second all-time with 411 three-point attempts while Green is just behind her in third place with 401 long-range attempts.
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.
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.