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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Pirates start strong but ultimately fall to Friars
Feb09

Pirates start strong but ultimately fall to Friars

After a strong showing through the first half on Friday night against Providence, the Seton Hall women’s basketball team fell by a final of 82-75, dropping to 14-9 and 6-6 in Big East play.  At the end of the penultimate quarter, the Friars went on a strong run and racked up enough points to come within three of Seton Hall. The quarter ended at 56-53, with the Pirates clutching on to a lead that was as much as 13 midway through the...

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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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Healy ready to take first steps into coaching career
Feb06

Healy ready to take first steps into coaching career

Seton Hall senior guard Kaity Healy was recently selected to the “So You Want To Be A Coach” program. The program, in its 17th year, is run by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The WBCA works in partnership with WeCOACH to choose student-athletes to participate in the program based on academics as well as contributions to women’s basketball both on and off the court. “I was ecstatic. This is the first step of actually...

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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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Ferocious Pirates comeback fizzles out
Feb02

Ferocious Pirates comeback fizzles out

The Seton Hall women’s basketball team hosted rival Xavier and lost by a score of 80-76, after trailing 63-46 midway through the third quarter. The loss drops the Pirates to 13-8, 5-5 in conference play.  Seton Hall started the game slow, going scoreless into the first timeout as Xavier hit two shots from behind the arc on its first three possessions. The Pirates finally scored their...

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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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