WBB Heads to Cincinnati Wednesday
Courtesy: Seton Hall Athletic Communications
SETON HALL (6-8, 1-0) at CINCINNATI (8-6, 0-1)
Cincinnati, Ohio (Fifth Third Arena)
Wednesday, Jan. 9 • 7:00 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio (Play-by-play: Tom Gelehrter; Color: Betsy Ross)
Radio: 89.5 WSOU FM (Play-by-play: Brendan Borthwick; Color: David Heim)
ABOUT THE MATCHUP
Seton Hall continues BIG EAST play with a road trip to the University of Cincinnati on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. The Pirates have faced Cincinnati just seven times in program history, trailing the all-time series 4-3. The teams have split their last two meetings, with Cincinnati picking up a narrow 54-48 win last year in South Orange, while the Pirates won 51-44 on the road in 2011.
SETON HALL STATUS
Three players scored in double figures as Seton Hall defeated Pittsburgh, 69-56, in its BIG EAST opener on Saturday afternoon. Senior Brittany Morris scored a team-high 19 points while senior forward Alexandra Maseko scored a career-high 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Maseko has registered a double-double in two-straight games for the Pirates.
Cincinnati is 8-6 overall but the Bearcats have lost three of their last four games, including a 54-51 setback at home to Villanova in their BIG EAST opener on Sunday. Dayeesha Hollins, who leads the team with 17.0 points per game, is the only player averaging double figures offensively for Cincinnati. Tiffany Turner ranks second in scoring (9.2 ppg) and first in rebounding (8.2 rpg).
SETON HALL ALL-TIME IN BIG EAST ROAD OPENERS
Seton Hall is 10-20 all-time in its first BIG EAST road game of the season. The Pirates' last victory in its first conference road game of the year was a 51-49 win at Villanova on Jan. 8, 2008.
PIRATES WIN BIG EAST OPENER
Seton Hall picked up a 69-56 victory over the University of Pittsburgh in its BIG EAST opener on Jan. 5, marking the first time the Pirates have gotten off to a 1-0 start in conference play since a 54-43 win against Cincinnati on Jan. 5, 2008.
MASEKO NAMED TO HONOR ROLL
Senior forward Alexandra Maseko was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Jan. 7 after recording a double-double with a career-high 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds in the Pirates' BIG EAST opening win over Pittsburgh on Jan. 5. It marked the first time in her career Maseko earned conference weekly accolades and the first time this season Seton Hall has landed a player on the BIG EAST Honor Roll.
SIMMONS BIG ON THE GLASS
Redshirt-sophomore point guard Ka-Deidre Simmons set a new career-high with eight rebounds in the Pirates' win over Pittsburgh on Jan. 5. She finished the game with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and four steals.
MASEKO RECORDS SECOND-STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DOUBLE
With a career-high 16 points in addition to 10 rebounds in Seton Hall's 69-56 win over Pittsburgh on Jan. 5, senior forward Alexandra Maseko recorded a double-double in back-to-back games for the first time in her career. She also had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the Pirate's 57-53 victory over Wofford on Dec. 30, when she grabbed eight offensive rebounds which represents a Seton Hall season-high. Maseko leads Seton Hall with three double-doubles so far this season.
SIDNEY COOK TO REDSHIRT 2012-13 SEASON
Seton Hall's dynamic freshman front court player Sidney Cook will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season due to injury and will apply for a medical redshirt. Cook, who hails from Parkton, N.C., where she attended South View High School, was injured during the first week of practice in October and has not seen action this season.
PIRATES LIMIT PITTSBURGH FROM THREE
Seton Hall got out and defended the perimeter in its 69-56 win over Pittsburgh on Jan. 5, limiting the Panthers to just 9.1 percent shooting (1-for-11) from long distance, the lowest single-game three-point shooting percentage against the Pirates this season.
ANNE DONOVAN ACCEPTS HEAD COACHING JOB WITH CONNECTICUT SUN
Head women's basketball coach Anne Donovan will be leaving her post at Seton Hall to assume the same position with the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA. Donovan, who is in her third season with the Pirates, will coach the team for the remainder of the 2012-13 season before taking on her full-time role with the Sun at the conclusion of the year. Seton Hall will launch a national search for a new head women's basketball coach at the conclusion of the year.
SIMMONS EXTENDS HOT STREAK
Redshirt sophomore point guard Ka-Deidre Simmons has scored in double figures in six-straight games and is averaging 14.7 points and 5.3 assists per game over that stretch. She now ranks 11th in the BIG EAST with 3.5 assists per game and 10th with 33.6 minutes played per game.
GREEN SCORES IN DOUBLE FIGURES AGAIN
After failing to score in double figures over the first 10 games of the season, Seton Hall senior forward Terry Green has now scored at least 15 points in two of the Pirates' last four games. She notched 15 points in an 82-35 win over New Orleans on Dec. 19, and poured in a season-high 16 points in the Pirates' 57-53 win over Wofford on Dec. 30. She is averaging 5.2 ppg this season and ranks second on the team with 16 three-point field goals.
SETON HALL FINDS ITS LONG-RANGE SHOOTING TOUCH
Seton Hall did not make more than four three-pointers in any game prior to its 6-for-19 long-range shooting performance against Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 16. Now the Pirates have hit at least five three-pointers in five-straight games, including a 9-for-16 performance against New Orleans on Dec. 19. Over the past five games the Pirates are shooting 38.0 percent (30-for-79) from three, well above the team's season average of 27.5 percent.
MASEKO TAKES OVER TEAM REBOUNDING LEAD
With her career-high 11 rebounds against Wofford on Dec. 30, senior forward Alexandra Maseko took the lead for Seton Hall in rebounds per game with 6.4. Over the past six games, Maseko has been performing better than her season average with 8.3 rebounds per game.
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 six opponents by an average of 8.8 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 0.9 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 12.7 points per game this season.
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 10 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 fourth in program history with 115 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 749 points over her three-plus seasons at Seton Hall, and is averaging 8.1 points per game in 93-career games played. This season she leads the Pirates with 12.7 points per game, which ranks 21st 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.
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 88.2 percent (45-for-51) from the free throw line which ranks first in the BIG EAST Conference and 21st 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.
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.
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 72.6 percent (146-of-201) from the stripe, which ranks 4th in the BIG EAST and 65th 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.
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 129 career three-pointers while Green is fourth with 115-career threes. Morris is second all-time with 421 three-point attempts while Green is just behind her in third place with 413 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 b ack 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.