Pirates Host SJU on Senior Day
Courtesy: Seton Hall Athletic Communications
SETON HALL (9-19, 4-11) vs. ST. JOHN'S (16-10, 10-4)
South Orange, N.J. (Walsh Gymnasium)
Saturday, March 2 • 9:00 PM
Webcast: www.shupirates.com (Jon Schaeffer)
Radio: 89.5 WSOU FM (Play-by-play: Vincent Coughlin; Color: Brian Wreckler)
ABOUT THE MATCHUP
Seton Hall will host St. John's University in its regular season finale on Saturday, March 2, at 9 p.m. Prior to the game the Pirates will honor their four seniors who will be suiting up at Walsh Gymnasium for the last time in their career. This will be the second meeting this season between the two teams, St. John's picked up a 72-46 win in the first matchup on Jan. 12, at Madison Square Garden.
SETON HALL STATUS
The Pirates are coming off back-to-back games against AP Top-25 opponents for the first time this season, falling at #16 Louisville, 72-62, on Wednesday night. Three players scored in double figures for the Pirates in that game, with senior Brittany Morris leading the way with 12 points. Redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons had 18 points and sophomore Alexis Brown scored a career-high 14 points.
ST. JOHN'S STATUS
The Red Storm are on a hot streak, winners of six straight including a 52-49 victory at Villanova on Wednesday night. St. John's received votes in the latest USA Today/Coaches Top-25 Poll. Shenneika Smith leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 16.7 points and 7.1 boards per game. Nadirah McKenith also averages double figures with 13.6 points per game.
Prior to the regular season finale with St. John's University, Seton Hall will honor its four senior women's basketball players who will be donning a Pirate uniform at Walsh Gymnasium for the final time: Terry Green (Brentwood, N.Y.), Breanna Jones (Springfield, Va.), Alexandra Maseko (Harare, Zimbabwe) and Brittany Morris (Raleigh, N.C.).
NEW CAREER-HIGH FOR BROWN
Sophomore guard Alexis Brown scored a career-high 14 points at Louisville on Feb. 27. She tied her career-high with six made field goals and also knocked down the first three-pointer of her career. Brown has scored in double figures six times this season and ranks third on the team in scoring at 5.7 points per game.
ALMOST TOURNAMENT TIME
Seton Hall is currently tied with Marquette University for 11th place in the BIG EAST standings, but if the BIG EAST Championship started today, the Pirates would be the 12-seed in the conference tournament as a result of Marquette's head-to-head win over the Pirates earlier this season. Seton Hall would face the University of Cincinnati in the first round of the tournament on Friday, March 8, at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., at 4 p.m.
HITTING ON 20
With 20 points at Louisville on Feb. 27, senior Brittany Morris reached the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season and the third time over the last four games. She scored 23 points at USF on Feb. 16, and a career-high 27 in a win over Providence on Feb. 20. Morris is averaging 17.5 points per game over the last four games, above her team-leading average of 13.1 ppg.
Redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons is close to cracking the Seton Hall single-season top-10 list in a pair of statistical categories. With a team-leading 109 assists, she sits just 10 shy of moving into a tie for the 10th-best single-season mark in school history. Simmons also leads the Pirates with 57 steals, needing just four more to tie for the 10th most in one year.
Three of Seton Hall's last six opponents have been ranked in the top-20 of the Associated Press Top-25 Poll, featuring matchups with #2 Notre Dame, #3 Connecticut and #16 Louisville. Through the first 22 games of the season the Pirates did not face a team that had made it into the AP Poll.
GREEN LEADS PIRATES AT CONNECTICUT
Senior Terry Green led Seton Hall with 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting from downtown against the third-ranked University of Connecticut Huskies on Feb. 23. It was the fourth time this season Green led the Pirates in scoring and Seton Hall is 2-2 in those contests.
SO YOU WANT TO BE A COACH
Senior Brittany Morris has been selected to participate in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) "So You Want To Be A Coach" program, which will be held in conjunction with the WBCA's annual national convention in New Orleans, La., at the Final Four. Morris was one of 50 selected to attend the convention out of one of the deepest and most competitive applicant pools in the program's history. The mission of the "So You Want To Be A Coach" program is to assist female college basketball players who are interested in pursuing a career in coaching women's basketball.
START IT UP
Senior Breanna Jones made her first start of the season and the second start of her career when she was slotted in at forward against No. 3 Connecticut on Feb. 23. Jones, who has played in 52-career contests has appeared in all but one game this season.
MORRIS BREAKS THREE-POINT RECORD
Senior guard Brittany Morris is the new Seton Hall career three-point leader with 168 triples over her three-plus seasons as a Pirate. She passed Ebonie Williams (‘07-10) and Jodi Brooks (‘90-'94) old mark of 156-career threes by draining a career-high six three pointers at USF on Feb. 16, vaulting from third to first in school history. She leads Seton Hall with 64 threes so far this season, which is the second-highest single-season mark in school history.
Seton Hall's two leading scorers, senior Brittany Morris and redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons both posted career-best scoring outings when the Pirates defeated Providence, 72-56, on Feb. 20. Morris poured in 27 points against the Friars, besting her old career-high of 26 points, behind 10 field goals and six three pointers. Simmons scored 21 points for her first-career 20-point game, shooting a blistering 8-for-9 (88.9 percent) from the field.
1,000 IN THE CROSS-HAIRS
With her career-high 27 points against Providence on Feb. 20, senior Brittany Morris passed 900 points for her career and is now closing in on 1,000. With 938 career-points she needs 62 more to become the 20th player in Seton Hall history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. She is just 52 points shy of tying Ashley Bush (‘01-'05) for 20th-place in school history with 990-career points. Morris leads Seton Hall and ranks 21st in the BIG EAST with 13.1 points per game this season.
Behind the most efficient shooting performance for a Seton Hall player this season, redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons scored a career-high 21 points in the Pirates' win over Providence on Feb. 20. Simmons shot 8-for-9 from the field in the win with her 88.9 percent shooting going down as the best individual performance of the season for The Hall.
Considering several of Seton Hall's best individual offensive performances of the season came in the win over Providence on Feb. 20, it also makes sense that as a team the Pirates displayed their most efficient offensive game of the year. Seton Hall shot a season-high 56.5 percent (26-for-46) from the field and also recorded its best half of the season, knocking down 60.0 percent (12-for-20) of its baskets in the second-half alone. The Pirates outrebounded the Friars by a +16 margin, grabbing a season-high 30 defensive rebounds.
BIG EAST WIN TOTAL
With its 72-56 victory over Providence on Feb. 20, Seton Hall picked up its fourth BIG EAST win of the season. It is the first time the Pirates have recorded four conference victories since the 2008-09 season when Seton Hall finished 4-12 in BIG EAST action.
MOST WINS FOR DONOVAN
After winning eight games in each of her first two seasons at Seton Hall, head coach Anne Donovan passed that mark and picked up her ninth win of the season with the Pirates' 72-56 victory over Providence on Feb. 20. In her third season as the Pirates' head coach Donovan has recorded new personal bests with four BIG EAST victories and nine overall wins.
Seton Hall put on an amazing long-distance shooting display in its comeback attempt at USF on Feb. 16. The Pirates' last eight made field goals of the game were all from three-point range and those buckets came over a span of just 6:45. Seton Hall made a season-high 10 three pointers in the game, falling just one shy of the school record of 11.
BROWN BIG ON BOARDS
Sophomore forward Alexis Brown really crashed the glass against USF on Feb. 16, pulling down an SHU individual season-high 13 rebounds, which actually eclipsed her own old SHU current season-best mark of 12 set against Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 16. Brown has led Seton Hall in rebounding eight times this season and leads the team with 5.6 rebounds per game.
SELLOUT AT WALSH
A capacity crowd braved the snow and cold to come out and see Seton Hall take on Notre Dame at Walsh Gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 9, as the Pirates announced a sellout with 2,600 fans in attendance. It was the first sellout at Walsh since SHU hosted Connecticut on Dec. 9, 2011.
PLAY 4KAY GAME
Seton Hall hosted its annual Play 4Kay game to raise breast cancer awareness and benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund when it faced Notre Dame on Saturday, Feb. 9. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised more than two million dollars to support women's cancer research. To support Seton Hall's Play 4Kay initiative, make a donation at www.play4kay.org/shuwbb.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
All season long Seton Hall's most consistent scoring options have been senior guard Brittany Morris and redshirt sophomore point guard Ka-Deidre Simmons. The two players averaging double figures offensively for the Pirates, Morris is scoring 13.1 ppg while Simmons is at 11.4 ppg, and either Morris or Simmons have either led the Pirates offensively outright or tied for the team lead in scoring in 21 of 28 games played.
PIRATES SNAP STREAK WITH WIN OVER RUTGERS
Seton Hall put a stop to a 12-game losing streak to in-state rival Rutgers University with a 45-42 victory over the Scarlet Knights on Jan. 27. It was the Pirates' first win over Rutgers in exactly 4,000 days, since a 61-51 win in South Orange on Feb. 13, 2002. Senior Brittany Morris scored a game-high 18 points and redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons had 11 points and five assists in the win. Seton Hall held Rutgers to 1-for-12 shooting over the final 8:23.
MORRIS NAMED TO WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Senior guard Brittany Morris was named to the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll on Jan. 28, after averaging a team-best 17 points per game in a 1-1 week for Seton Hall. She scored 19 points on 3-for-5 long-range shooting in the Pirates' 45-42 victory over Rutgers on Jan. 27, and led the team with 15 points and three three-pointers against USF on Jan. 22. It is the first time in her career Morris earned a weekly conference award and she is the second SHU student-athlete to receive the accolade this season.
ALL-AROUND ALEXIS BROWN
Versatile sophomore guard Alexis Brown has continued to prove she can be a factor for Seton Hall every night, regardless of whether or not she scores the basketball. Brown fills up the stat sheet nearly every game, ranking first in rebounding (5.6 rpg), third in assists (66), second in steals (43) and third in minutes per game (27.6).
SIMMONS SEES STREAK COME TO AN END
Redshirt-sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons saw her 10-game double-digit scoring streak come to an end when she tallied three points against USF on Jan. 22. The 10-straight double-figure games were a personal record for the Pirate point guard, and she has 24 double-figure scoring games in her career. She averaged 15.0 points and 4.7 assists per game during that 10-game stretch.
PIRATES SET NEW PROGRAM RECORD FOR THREE-POINT ATTEMPTS
Seton Hall tied its then season-high with nine made three-point field goals when it faced Georgetown on Jan. 19, which also tied for the fifth-most in program history. The Pirates attempted a season-high 30 three-pointers, which set a new school record, breaking the old mark of 26 set three times before, including earlier this season against Wyoming on Nov. 23.
BRITTANY MORRIS SETS SCHOOL RECORD
Senior guard Brittany Morris has attempted a team-high 202 three pointers so far this season and now holds the SHU program record with 544 three-point attempts in her career. She passed Ebonie Williams (‘07-'10) for the all-time school record with 11 three-point shots attempted against Georgetown on Jan. 19.