Remembering Mike Sheppard Sr.: Seton Hall baseball legend passes away at 82
Apr10

Remembering Mike Sheppard Sr.: Seton Hall baseball legend passes away at 82

The Seton Hall baseball program suffered a major loss on April 6, when legendary coach Mike Sheppard, Sr. passed away at 82. A Seton Hall University Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Sheppard’s time with the program dated back to the late 1950s, as he played catcher for Owen T. Carroll and the Pirates. Beginning in 1973, Sheppard took over as head coach and remained in that role until 2003. In 31 years, Sheppard led Seton Hall to 998...

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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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Record-setting Butina helps power Pirates to upset romp
Feb03

Record-setting Butina helps power Pirates to upset romp

The Seton Hall Pirates women’s basketball team rebounded from Friday’s loss to Xavier, winning in convincing fashion, 83-62, over Butler on Sunday afternoon in Walsh Gymnasium.  Shadeen Samuels led the way with 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Inja Butina added 21 points, including an 11-for-12 outing from the free throw line. The 12 free throws take her over the 100 free throw threshold, making her 86.2 percent...

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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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Pirates defeat Johnnies in Big East Opener
Dec30

Pirates defeat Johnnies in Big East Opener

In an intense Big East opener, the Seton Hall women’s basketball team claimed a 77-67 victory over St. John’s at Walsh Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon. The win keeps the Pirates unbeaten at home after seven games and opens their Big East campaign with a win in a key rivalry game. Both sides started the match recklessly, combining for 12 turnovers and 15 fouls in the first quarter alone. Qadashah Hoppie provided the Red Storm with a...

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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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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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Pirates drop 2 of 3 in Thunderdome Classic
Sep09

Pirates drop 2 of 3 in Thunderdome Classic

This past weekend, the Seton Hall women’s volleyball team traveled to Santa Barbara, Calif. to compete in the Thunderdome Classic. The team faced off against Sacred Heart University on Friday and Texas Tech and University of California at Santa Barbara on Saturday, dropping two of the three matches. In the first game against Sacred Heart, the Pirates won convincingly by a final of 3-0, in which they clearly dominated Pioneers in all...

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Jaquan Jackson signs deal to continue basketball dream
May20

Jaquan Jackson signs deal to continue basketball dream

Over the last two years, no two words have reverberated around Walsh Gymnasium more than “JaQuan Jackson.” The words became calling cards for a momentum-shifting three-pointer, or better, a dagger that secured a win for Tony Bozzella’s team. On May 7, still two weeks away from receiving her Bachelor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Jackson had officially risen from Pirate to Royal, signing with storied German club Saarlouis Royals...

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Pirates fall to St. Joe’s in NIT first round, leaving questions for Bozzella
Mar15

Pirates fall to St. Joe’s in NIT first round, leaving questions for Bozzella

In the first home postseason game in Walsh Gymnasium since 2014, the 8th-seeded Seton Hall Pirates were defeated by the 9th-seeded Saint Joseph’s Hawks, 75-57, in the first round of the Women’s National Invitational on Wednesday night, ending the season for Tony Bozzella’s team. “It’s a shame, because, I was excited to get us in the postseason, we got a home game; a draw against obviously a very good team from the A-10 [Atlantic-10],...

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Women’s basketball returns to Walsh Gym in WNIT first-round matchup
Mar13

Women’s basketball returns to Walsh Gym in WNIT first-round matchup

Before Seton Hall women’s basketball learned of its Women’s National Invitational Tournament first-round opponent, head coach Tony Bozzella and his staff were scouting and preparing. So, when Saint Joseph’s was announced as the school Seton Hall would line up against on March 14 at 7 p.m., the Pirates were ready. “I’m familiar with Saint Joe’s and the A-10 [Atlantic 10 Conference],” Bozzella said. “We had an idea of who we might play...

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