Seton Hall hung tough Monday night against conference powerhouse No. 19 DePaul but lost 82-76, their third loss in a row. Lauren Park-Lane led the Pirates with 24 points and Andra Espinoza-Hunter recorded a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
The Pirates quickly caught up towards the end and showed up in the paint and snatched rebounds on both ends of the court. The Pirates led DePaul 17-13 after the first quarter. Elmore led the Pirates with six points and Espinoza-Hunter had four in the successful first frame.
Seton Hall was able to keep their lead deep into the second quarter, and Park-Lane hit a buzzer beating three at the end of the second to tie the game at 31-31. Both teams were weak from the three-point arc where the Pirates only had one at the half while the Blue Demons had two.
The second half started off with a 9-0 run by DePaul. The Blue Demons held their own in the third quarter by scoring 30 points, leading the Pirates by 10, 61-51.
In the final quarter, DePaul remained in control as Seton Hall scraped back in the final minutes. Park-Lane and Mya Jackson hit back-to-back threes, cutting the Pirates deficit to six at 78-72. The Pirates got no closer from there and succumbed to DePaul 82-76.
Poor performance at the free throw line factored into the Pirates loss. They went 7-16 from the stripe (43.8%).
Seton Hall will return to action at home in Walsh Gymnasium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Georgetown.
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