Ka-Deidre Simmons joins Women’s Basketball coaching staff
Sep18

Ka-Deidre Simmons joins Women’s Basketball coaching staff

One of the greatest players to ever suit up for the Seton Hall women’s basketball program is returning home. On Sept. 18, it was announced that former Pirate standout Ka-Deidre Simmons is joining Tony Bozzella’s coaching staff for the upcoming season. Simmons will serve as a Coordinator of Basketball Operations in her first ever coaching gig. “We’re thrilled to have Didi back with our team,” Bozzella said in a statement. “In addition...

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Women’s Basketball releases non-conference schedule
Sep04

Women’s Basketball releases non-conference schedule

The Seton Hall women’s basketball non-conference schedule was released a few weeks ago, and with it comes a few daunting games for head coach Anthony Bozzella and his squad. Most notably, the University of Connecticut juggernaut team visits Walsh Gymnasium on Dec. 3. A year ago, on Dec. 8, the top-ranked Huskies has the Pirates visit them in a game that saw the Pirates lose by a final of 99-61. In the NCAA Tournament in 2019, Geno...

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Samuels’ patience pays off in development
Apr03

Samuels’ patience pays off in development

Shadeen Samuels is a force. The forward has evolved from a productive role player in her first two years with the women’s basketball program to a can’t-miss supertsar. As a junior, Shadeen Samuels evolved into one of the most impactful players in the Big East. Sarah Yenesel/Photography Editor After winning four state championships and being named a member of USA Today’s New York first Team All-State, Samuels provided valuable minutes...

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Women’s Basketball concludes regular season as WNIT begins
Mar20

Women’s Basketball concludes regular season as WNIT begins

Despite going .500 for the second straight year, finishing out the 2018-19 campaign at 15-15, the women’s basketball team was invited to the WNIT once again after appearing in the tournament in 2018. The Pirates will travel to Ohio to face Toledo in the first round after an up and down regular season. Seton Hall began the season on a three-game winning streak, ultimately wrapping up its non-conference schedule with a record of 8-4....

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Pirates defeated in first round of Big East Tournament
Mar11

Pirates defeated in first round of Big East Tournament

As the postseason got  underway for the Pirates on Saturday afternoon with the beginning of the Big East tournament, the women’s basketball team was unable to lengthen its tenure, as Seton Hall was defeated by St. John’s, 76-51. Coming into the game as the eighth  seed, the Pirates faced the ninth seeded Red Storm after coming away with victories in its two regular season contests against them. The first half showed that,...

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Too little, too late as Pirates’ comeback attempt falls short
Feb26

Too little, too late as Pirates’ comeback attempt falls short

The Seton Hall’s women’s basketball team reduced a 21-point deficit to five on Sunday against Villanova but ultimately could not complete the comeback, losing 73-68. After heavily controlling the first meeting between the two sides, the Pirates found themselves playing catchup for most of the game the second time around. In the first half, Seton Hall’s small ball lineup was not able to gain the edge, as Villanova continued to look...

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Pirates blow double-digit lead at Georgetown
Feb22

Pirates blow double-digit lead at Georgetown

Despite leading by upwards of 18 points, the Seton hall women’s basketball team fell, 51-43, to Georgetown on Friday afternoon. The tough loss puts the Pirates at 14-13, including 6-10 in conference play. The Pirates began the game with a few empty possessions before Shadeen Samuels banked in a three from the top of the key. Inja Butina followed that up with two consecutive three-pointers of her own, making that three buckets from...

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As Senior Day passes, WBB displays heart of departing class
Feb20

As Senior Day passes, WBB displays heart of departing class

Senior Day is the best and worst of times, the most bittersweet moment any athlete will encounter while playing a sport. For the women’s basketball team this season, four of its players have now experienced Senior Day, foreshadowing the entrance to a new stage of life beyond college athletics. Kaity Healy, Victoria Cardaci, Nicole Jimenez, and Inja Butina are the four women who will be exiting the locker room of Walsh Gymnasium for...

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Star Samuels expected to return from injury scare
Feb20

Star Samuels expected to return from injury scare

Shadeen Samuels’ meteoric rise of a junior season looked cut-short when she crash-landed on the Walsh Gymnasium court last Friday night – but not so fast. The two-time Big East Player of the Week and Big East Player of the Year candidate – leading the conference in points per game (18.5) – may be available when the Pirates visit Georgetown and Villanova in their penultimate weekend of the regular season. Samuels had 19 points in only...

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Pirates fall to nationally ranked Marquette on Senior Day
Feb18

Pirates fall to nationally ranked Marquette on Senior Day

Facing a nationally ranked opponent in college sports is always a daunting task, but doing it without your best player is a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. Such a situation was faced by the Seton Hall women’s basketball team on Sunday afternoon, playing against No. 8 Marquette without Shadeen Samuels. Ultimately, the Pirates suffered a 109-63 loss at Walsh Gymnasium on Senior Day. Desiree Elmore and Inja Butina were bright spots on...

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Samuels injured in Seton Hall loss to DePaul
Feb16

Samuels injured in Seton Hall loss to DePaul

The Seton Hall women’s basketball team fell, 94-85, to DePaul on Friday night at Walsh Gymnasium. The loss drops the Pirates to sixth in the Big East with a conference record of 6-8 and an overall record of 14-11. Although defense was a concern on the night, the biggest concern was when Shadeen Samuels went down with an injury in the third quarter. Samuels, the Pirates’ key offensive weapon, exited with an injury to her left arm. This...

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Inja Butina: A Croatian Dynamo
Feb14

Inja Butina: A Croatian Dynamo

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Inja Butina is one-of-a-kind, cut from a chequy cloth. She does not strut around or stand out in those monotonous moments between her last and next time on the basketball court. Instead, she seems restless, as if the seconds tick away in her head with a faint echo. Tick, tick, tick. When her sneakers touch the wooden floor, however, Butina becomes Zen; a compelling spectacle of skill and unending desire to...

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