Women’s basketball player injured in off-campus shooting

Freshman women’s basketball player Nicosia Henry sustained a bullet to the foot early Saturday morning when a gunman opened fire at a house party in East Orange after being denied admittance.

Henry, the 6-foot forward who committed to play under head coach Anne Donovan this year, was one of three Seton Hall students shot.

Emergency medical technicians who arrived promptly at the scene transported Henry and the other victims to University Hospital in Newark.

She underwent surgery to remove the bullet from her foot and was reported as responding positively to the procedure.

Henry came to the Hall from Bolingbrook, Ill. after averaging five points, four rebounds and over two assists during her senior year of high school.

She was also recruited by Cleveland State, Toledo, Kansas State and Memphis and is described in ESPN’s scouting report as a good combination of size, strength, quickness and speed.

ESPNU HoopGurlz ranked Henry 20th among small forwards in the 2010 class.

According to a report by the Star Ledger, Donovan was stunned by the incident, as she had only been on campus for 10 days at the time.

After finishing her duties with the New York Liberty, Donovan was just beginning to get to know the girls on the team and work with them on a consistent schedule.

When Donovan received word of what happened, she went to the hospital just moments after Henry’s teammates had been there at her bedside.

Mike Flowers, a resident of Henry’s hometown who said he watched her high school team win the Illinois State Championship, expressed concerns for her and all those involved.

Though Flowers does not know Henry personally, he said he watched several of her games with Bolingbrook High School on television.

“When I heard the news of the shooting, I could only imagine the pain Nicosia’s parents were feeling,” he said. “I really hope she can overcome her injury and be back on the court as soon as possible.”

Bolingbrook High School is known as a competitive basketball school in the greater Chicago area. Henry’s former high school teammate Mercedes Griffin was recruited this year to play at Big East rival, Marquette University.

Flowers said he realizes the situation could have been much worse for Henry.

“I’m just a concerned parent who wanted to wish Nicosia a speedy recovery and let her know that her fans back in Chicago are pulling for her,” he said.

The Pirates resumed their regular workouts on Tuesday. Their first game of the year is on the road against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 12 and they face Temple in Walsh Gymnasium on Nov. 16.

Though Henry has yet to make her Seton Hall basketball debut, she is expected to make a full recovery to be ready for the season-opener.

Gabrielle Kiger can be reached at gabrielle.kiger@student.shu.edu.

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Freshman women’s basketball player Nicosia Henry sustained a bullet to the foot early Saturday morning when a gunman opened fire at a house party in East Orange after being denied admittance.

Henry, the 6-foot forward who committed to play under head coach Anne Donovan this year, was one of three Seton Hall students shot.

Emergency medical technicians who arrived promptly at the scene transported Henry and the other victims to University Hospital in Newark.

She underwent surgery to remove the bullet from her foot and was reported as responding positively to the procedure.

Henry came to the Hall from Bolingbrook, Ill. after averaging five points, four rebounds and over two assists during her senior year of high school.

She was also recruited by Cleveland State, Toledo, Kansas State and Memphis and is described in ESPN’s scouting report as a good combination of size, strength, quickness and speed.

ESPNU HoopGurlz ranked Henry 20th among small forwards in the 2010 class.

According to a report by the Star Ledger, Donovan was stunned by the incident, as she had only been on campus for 10 days at the time.

After finishing her duties with the New York Liberty, Donovan was just beginning to get to know the girls on the team and work with them on a consistent schedule.

When Donovan received word of what happened, she went to the hospital just moments after Henry’s teammates had been there at her bedside.

Mike Flowers, a resident of Henry’s hometown who said he watched her high school team win the Illinois State Championship, expressed concerns for her and all those involved.

Though Flowers does not know Henry personally, he said he watched several of her games with Bolingbrook High School on television.

“When I heard the news of the shooting, I could only imagine the pain Nicosia’s parents were feeling,” he said. “I really hope she can overcome her injury and be back on the court as soon as possible.”

Bolingbrook High School is known as a competitive basketball school in the greater Chicago area. Henry’s former high school teammate Mercedes Griffin was recruited this year to play at Big East rival, Marquette University.

Flowers said he realizes the situation could have been much worse for Henry.

“I’m just a concerned parent who wanted to wish Nicosia a speedy recovery and let her know that her fans back in Chicago are pulling for her,” he said.

The Pirates resumed their regular workouts on Tuesday. Their first game of the year is on the road against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 12 and they face Temple in Walsh Gymnasium on Nov. 16.

Though Henry has yet to make her Seton Hall basketball debut, she is expected to make a full recovery to be ready for the season-opener.

Gabrielle Kiger can be reached at gabrielle.kiger@student.shu.edu.

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