The Seton Hall women’s basketball team erased a 14-point halftime deficit but could never pull ahead in a 71-69 setback at St. John’s on Saturday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena.
The Pirates were led by senior guard Tabatha Richardson-Smith, who had a season-high 34 points after being surprisingly absent from the starting lineup. Richardson-Smith’s total marked a new season-high, and the senior added seven rebounds and three steals.
Danaejah Grant powered St. John’s with 29 points and 13 rebounds, including a late basket to help hold off the Hall’s charge.
Shakena Richardson added 15 for SHU, while Lubirdia Gordon chipped in 10 points, six rebounds and five blocks. Tiffany Jones led the Pirates with 12 boards.
After ending the first quarter tied at 19-19, St. John’s used a 24-10 scoring run in the second frame to take a 14-point advantage to halftime. The Pirates stormed back with a 16-2 run to open the third quarter and pulled within a single possession multiple times in the fourth, but were unable to ever take a second-half lead.
The Pirates held the Red Storm to 28 points on 31-percent shooting in the second half, including a seven-point third quarter.
After Richardson-Smith knocked down her fourth triple to cut the deficit to a point, Grant was able to bank one home inside of a minute to put SJU right back up three. The Hall was unable to pull even the rest of the way, as Richardson’s game-winning attempt hit the front rim as time expired.
The Pirates continue a three-game road swing with a trip to Villanova on Friday, Jan. 15. Tip-off from the Pavilion is set for 7 p.m.
Charlie Mule can be reached at Charles.email@example.com.