Women look to end struggles against Bulls
The women’s basketball team will look to avoid another losing streak next week when they host the University of South Florida at 2 p.m. on Saturday.The Pirates (1-9, 9-14) broke a long nine game losing streak by downing Villanova on Jan. 30 to earn their first conference win, but proceeded to drop their game against St. John’s 66-45 before heading into a matchup with rival Rutgers. Seton Hall has lost five straight games to the Bulls (4-6, 13-10), including an 80-51 blowout last season. Their last win against USF came in 1991, and they are 1-5 against the Bulls all time.The game on Saturday will be part of the Pink Zone, an effort by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association to raise cancer awareness, particularly for those with the disease in the coaching profession. The Pirates will wear pink shooting shirts before the game and pink laces and headbands during the game to show their support. Fans are also encouraged to wear pink.USF is coming off of a 63-50 loss to Marquette on Tuesday and may be looking ahead past Seton Hall to their upcoming matchup against 13th ranked Georgetown. They are on a two game losing streak and find themselves tied with Providence for tenth place in the Big East. Head coach Phyllis Mangina said that like any Big East game, the Bulls will be a good challenge for her team.”They have good guard play and their big kid (center Jessica Lawson) is a good player,” she said. “We just have to take care of the basketball, stop dribble penetration and keep them to one shot per possession.”Mangina also said that her players are maintaining a good attitude going forward despite the struggles of the season.”We haven’t always had the results, but the players are working hard,” Mangina said. “The offense has struggled but I think we’ve been getting good looks. We do have to make the open shots. Everything looks better when the ball goes in.” Joshua Jongsma can be reached at Joshua.firstname.lastname@example.org.Editor’s note: the Seton Hall women were in action on Wednesday night at Rutgers, however the game ended too late for this edition. Please check TheSetonian.com for a full recap.