Hall Hosts Marquette on Tuesday
Courtesy: Seton Hall Athletic Communications
SETON HALL (7-9, 2-1) vs. MARQUETTE (8-7, 0-2)
South Orange, N.J. (Walsh Gymnasium)
Tuesday, Jan. 15 • 7:00 PM
Webcast: www.shupirates.com (Jon Schaeffer)
Radio: 89.5 WSOU FM (Play-by-play: Richard Macieko; Color: Anthoney De Paolo)
ABOUT THE MATCHUP
Seton Hall continues BIG EAST play when it hosts Marquette on Tuesday night. The Pirates are 2-1 in conference play and are coming off a 72-46 loss to St. John's on Saturday, while Marquette is still searching for its first BIG EAST win, most recently losing to Connecticut, 51-85, to fall to 0-2 in conference action. Marquette leads the all-time series with Seton Hall, 5-2, and defeated the Pirates, 69-60, last season in Milwaukee.
SETON HALL STATUS
The Pirates had their three-game winning streak come to an end with a 72-46 loss at St. John's on Saturday afternoon. Redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons continue her double-figure scoring streak, extending it to eight-straight games with a team-high 14 points against the Red Storm. Junior Brittany Webb scored seven points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds.
Marquette has dropped its first two BIG EAST games, losing to Syracuse (92-79) and Connecticut (85-51). Katherine Plouffe (13.1 ppg) and Arlesia Morse (11.8 ppg) lead the Golden Eagles offensively and are the only two players to start in all 15 games. Marquette holds a +7.7 edge in rebounding over its opponents but turns the ball over 20.9 times per game.
BIG EAST NETWORK GAME OF THE WEEK
Seton Hall's game at Georgetown University on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m., will be broadcast locally on SNY as the BIG EAST Network Game of the Week with Bob Picozzi and LaChina Robinson on the call. The game will also be simulcast for free on www.bigeast.org.
LEADER OF THE PACK
Redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons has taken over as Seton Hall's go-to offensive weapon, scoring in double figures in eight-straight games. Simmons was averaging just 7.6 points per game through the first eight games of the season but over the past eight games she is averaging a team-best 15.0 points per game, with season-high scoring outputs of 18 points at Wake Forest on Dec. 8, and Cincinnati on Jan. 9.
BRITTANY MORRIS CLOSING IN ON SCHOOL RECORD
Senior guard Brittany Morris has attempted a team-high 95 three pointers so far this season and is closing in on the SHU program record of 445 three-point attempts. With 437-career three-point shots in her three-plus season at Seton Hall, Morris is just nine three-pointers shy of passing Ebonie Williams (‘07-'10) for the all-time school record.
WEBB SHINES UNDER THE BRIGHT LIGHTS
Junior center Brittany Webb enjoyed one of her most productive games of the season when the Pirates took on St. John's at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 12. She finished the game with a season-high seven points while leading Seton Hall with six rebounds. Webb has started at center in seven-straight games for the Pirates, averaging 4.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in those contests against 0.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in the first nine games of the season.
MORRIS FAILS TO GET TO THE LINE
Senior guard Brittany Morris is one of the nation's leaders in three-point shooting, but she failed to attempt a free throw against St. John's on Jan. 12. It was just the fourth time this season and the first since the Pirates' contest with New Orleans on Dec. 19, that the sharp-shooting senior did not attempt a free throw. She ranks 20th in the nation and second in the BIG EAST with an 87.3 (48-for-55) free throw percentage.
WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS ARENA
When Seton Hall faced St. John's University on Saturday, Jan. 12, it was a truly unique experience for the Pirates as the contest took 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. It was the first time in program history the Pirates played at game at Madison Square Garden.
THREE-POINT STREAK COMES TO AN END
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, then the Pirates hit at least five three-pointers in six-straight games, including a 9-for-16 performance against New Orleans on Dec. 19. That proficient long-range shooting streak came to and end when Seton Hall made just two three-point field goals at St. John's on Jan. 12.
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.
THAT'S A GOOD START
The Seton Hall women's basketball team won its BIG EAST home and away openers for the first time since the 2007-08 season, which was also the last time the Pirates got off to a 2-0 start in conference play.
PICKING UP THE SLACK
With redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons taking the lead on the offensive end that has meant more opportunities for senior guard Brittany Morris to pace the office. Morris has led the Pirates in assists in four-straight games and is averaging a team-best 4.0 assists per game over that stretch, while Simmons is averaging 14.8 points per game over the same period.
BIG ROAD WIN
Seton Hall's 64-56 victory at Cincinnati on Jan. 9 was its first BIG EAST road win since a 51-44 decision at Cincinnati on Feb. 12, 2011. It was also the Pirates' largest margin of victory in a road BIG EAST contest since a 55-47 win at West Virginia on Feb. 4, 2009.
STRONGEST HALF OF THE YEAR
It was strong second-half shooting that helped the Pirates hold off Cincinnati and pick up a 64-56 win over the Bearcats on Jan. 9. Seton Hall shot 13-for-23 (56.5 percent) from the field in the second half of that game, the best single-half field goal percentage of the season for the Pirates.
PIRATES PASS BIG EAST WIN TOTAL
With its 64-56 victory over Cincinnati on Jan. 9, Seton Hall improved to 2-0 in the BIG EAST and eclipsed its conference win total from each of the last three seasons in the process. The Pirates had only garnered one BIG EAST regular season win dating back to the 2009-10 season.
THREE-STRAIGHT FOR MASEKO
Finishing with 10 points in the Pirates' 64-56 win at Cincinnati on Jan. 9, senior Alexandra Maseko completed a stretch of three-straight games scoring in double figures. With a career-high 16 points in addition to 10 rebounds in Seton Hall's 69-56 win over Pittsburgh on Jan. 5, 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. Maseko leads Seton Hall with three double-doubles so far this season.
TREND WATCH: TURNOVERS
So far this season there has been one trend that has stood out in every one of Seton Hall's victories, and that is the turnover battle. Seton Hall has created more turnovers than its opponent in all seven of its wins so far this year, boasting a 7-3 record in those games.
LEADING AT THE HALF
Getting off to a good start has been important for the Pirates' ability to come away with a win as Seton Hall is 6-1 when taking a lead into the half but just 1-8 when it trails after 20 minutes of action.
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.
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.
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.
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 reversed that trend by outrebounding each of its next seven opponents by an average of 7.7 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 0.2 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 12.6 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 26 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 117 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 772 points over her three-plus seasons at Seton Hall, and is averaging 8.1 points per game in 95-career games played. This season she leads the Pirates with 12.6 points per game, which ranks 24th in the BIG EAST.