Seton Hall women’s basketball returned to historic Walsh Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon to host the DePaul Blue Demons. Despite a dominant Sidney Cooks showing, the team fell short to one of the premier teams in the conference, 85-65.
Cooks got right to work against DePaul by scoring The Hall’s first 13 points. DePaul also started red hot and did not allow the Pirates to get ahead. Leading 18-16, the Blue Demons began a 9-0 run. Amari Wright ended the quarter with six straight points off of two deep balls to cut the deficit to three, 25-22.
The first six points for Seton Hall came from none other than Cooks to give Seton Hall the lead once again. Another 9-0 run by DePaul ensued and held a 34-28 advantage over the Pirates. DePaul had an answer for everything in the first half, though The Hall headed into the break trailing 38-35 thanks to a whopping 22 points from Sidney Cooks, which already was her season high.
Things looked different in the second half for both teams. The Pirates could not seem to get the ball inside as easily, and DePaul was firing on all cylinders. Katie Armstrong knocked down a baseline shot to bring the Pirates within four points, 58-54. The Blue Demons pulled away again, though, with a 7-0 run to hold a lead into the final frame, 65-54.
A 15-0 fourth quarter run ultimately put Seton Hall out of this game. DePaul had a trio of 20-point scorers as Sonya Morris led with 26 points, followed by Deja Church’s 20 points and Aneesah Morrow’s unfathomable 22 points and 27 rebounds. Cooks’ career-high 32 points is the most since Lauren Park-Lane’s 32 points against Georgetown during the 2020-2021 season. She shot 15-22 from the field and pulled down 10 rebounds. Cooks also had seven blocks, just three away from a triple double. Park-Lane put up a solid stat sheet Sunday afternoon with 12 points, five rebounds, and six assists.
The Hall falls to 3-7 in conference play and 8-10 overall, continuing their 3-game losing streak. Seton Hall returns to the court on Wednesday, February 2nd at 7:00 p.m. as Georgetown travels to South Orange.