With Big East at boiling point, time is now for Women’s Basketball
Feb07

With Big East at boiling point, time is now for Women’s Basketball

Logic was tossed aside last weekend in the Big East – disregarded and downright teased. When the Seton Hall women’s basketball team fell to last place Xavier at home, many expected a focused effort on Sunday, but few imagined a straightforward, 21-point win over second place Butler.  Surely Butler did not, although warning signs were there after a mere 73-68 win on Friday against ninth-place St. John’s in Queens.  Xavier,...

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Now apart, Philoxy sisters still believe in future together on the court
Jan31

Now apart, Philoxy sisters still believe in future together on the court

The tension is so thick on the dark bus ride from Hinkle Fieldhouse to the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis on Jan. 4, it could be cut with a knife. The next morning brings a similar air of discontent for the two-hour drive from Indianapolis to Cincinnati, in which the Seton Hall women’s basketball team travels past miles of farmland: dew still lining the ground, livestock grazing, and yet there is still a common thread, a staple with...

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Imitation leads to landmark  upset for Seton Hall
Jan24

Imitation leads to landmark upset for Seton Hall

The Marquette Golden Eagles – now an AP top-10 team in women’s college basketball – may possess the most loaded roster the Big East has seen since its 2013 reconfiguration. The Pirates went face-to-face with the Golden Eagles on Friday and lost by 36 points. However, when Tony Bozzella’s staff and players boarded for Newark on Sunday, the mood had been transformed from sorrowful to celebratory, thanks to a 84-73 win against then-No....

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Bozzella and the Pirates can see themselves in Marquette, and vice versa
Jan14

Bozzella and the Pirates can see themselves in Marquette, and vice versa

The Pirates’ recent Midwest road-trip was akin to Sisyphus rolling his large boulder up an insurmountable hill. Tony Bozzella’s team trailed for almost 84 of the 85 minutes of game-time but took last-minute leads in both games. It did not matter. Seton Hall lost each by one possession, the latter of which was a one-point overtime defeat. “You know, we were really down and depressed,” Bozzella admitted on Sunday. “We lost two games at...

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McKnight and Pirates face unenviable challenge in Markus Howard
Jan12

McKnight and Pirates face unenviable challenge in Markus Howard

Quincy McKnight was one step ahead of the play. The Pirates’ Swiss Army knife of a guard knew where the pass was going before it left Joey Brunk’s hands. The Butler center made few mistakes on Wednesday night in a 20-point, 10-rebound performance, but he was read like a book in this crucial second half-opening sequence.  McKnight then switched from defensive stopper to offensive finisher, dribbling down the court and dunking...

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Powell and Pirates win pulsating classic at The Garden
Dec08

Powell and Pirates win pulsating classic at The Garden

NEW YORK – On Saturday afternoon, Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard added the greatest regular season chapter to his Madison Square Garden history book. After 45 minutes filled with adrenaline, superlatives and almost insurmountable adversity, the Seton Hall men’s basketball team overcame Kentucky, 84-83. The scene was primed for a classic, with a blue ocean of 10,244 inside the Mecca of basketball. The game started with a lack of...

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Nicole Jimenez achieves basketball nirvana at Seton Hall
Dec06

Nicole Jimenez achieves basketball nirvana at Seton Hall

Once in a while, a player is overlooked in recruitment – by everyone. It is an old adage that intangibles: heart, composure and perseverance, cannot be measured, but it was crystal clear on Sunday in Walsh Gymnasium what so many Division I scouts missed in Seton Hall guard Nicole Jimenez. As the senior from Miami, Fla. rained a program-record nine three-pointers on Saint Peter’s, coaches from her past took to social media and shared...

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Inexperienced Pirates are taught costly lesson in Louisville loss
Dec01

Inexperienced Pirates are taught costly lesson in Louisville loss

NEWARK, N.J. – With a résumé-building win ripe for the taking, a maturing Seton Hall men’s basketball team was forced to settle for a valuable lesson in execution, as Louisville stole Saturday’s non-conference fixture, 70-65. Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard had joked during Big East Media Day that Chris Mack, now leading Louisville but prior to this season head coach at Big East foe Xavier, “could not get out of Newark.” On...

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December paramount to success for Women’s Basketball
Nov28

December paramount to success for Women’s Basketball

While it poured outside Walsh Gymnasium, the Seton Hall women’s basketball team dripped with swagger inside, galloping down the court with the ball at a quick dribble, terrorizing the River Hawks of UMass Lowell to the tune of a 90-57 romp. The orchestration seemed so well-tuned, as the Pirates dished out 21 assists as a team, shot 54.2 percent from the field and 44 percent from three. But, while the Pirates now sit 6-1 with...

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Rhoden and Cale: The two wings that could help Seton Hall fly
Nov14

Rhoden and Cale: The two wings that could help Seton Hall fly

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Jared Rhoden sat on a waist-high wall along the sideline of Seton Hall’s practice court on the afternoon of Nov. 1. While journalists swarmed around his teammates, the curly-haired, 6-foot-6, 210-pound teenager was alone, unassumingly looking into the cavalcade of cameramen and reporters for the program’s Media Day. It will not be long before the freshman, from Our Saviour Lutheran High School, garners the bulk of...

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Willard and Bozzella flying toward the same goal
Nov07

Willard and Bozzella flying toward the same goal

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – On Tuesday night, Seton Hall women’s basketball head coach Tony Bozzella was one of 1,655 in Walsh Gymnasium for the men’s basketball team’s 89-49 win over Wagner; an inconspicuous spectator on the stage behind the banner side-basket, only a few hours after his own team beat Wagner, 95-40. The last time he was on that stage in the public eye, March 14, his eighth-seeded team had just been eliminated from the WNIT...

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Starting over to get ahead: Media Day Q&A with Shadeen Samuels
Nov01

Starting over to get ahead: Media Day Q&A with Shadeen Samuels

NEW YORK – Women’s basketball forward Shadeen Samuels brought flowers to the Garden on Oct. 25. It was her first Big East Media Day, and the junior’s bubbling personality shined through at Madison Square Garden like her athleticism did inside Walsh Gymnasium last season. The versatile, 6-foot cornerstone of Tony Bozzella’s 2018-19 team was one of four players to take the train ride from South Orange to Penn Station, for the annual...

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