Stealing the show: Butina’s journey from Croatia
Feb14

Stealing the show: Butina’s journey from Croatia

The food may not be as good in America as it is in Croatia, but Inja Butina has a taste for standing out on the court no matter the location. The junior from Zagreb, Croatia came to South Orange to be a part of the 2017-18 Pirate roster, but her first time in the United States came on Kansas soil. “I didn’t know what to expect, I mean, out of all states, Kansas?,” Butina said with a smile. “But I loved the people, and I loved it...

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Resilient Seton Hall cannot dig out of second-half hole
Feb11

Resilient Seton Hall cannot dig out of second-half hole

The Seton Hall women’s basketball team lost to Villanova on Sunday afternoon, 59-53, at the Jake Nevin Field House in Villanova, Pa. In a game where the Pirates trailed by as much as 18, a late run fueled in part by Selena Philoxy helped cut the Villanova deficit to six, but ultimately, Seton Hall could not cap off the comeback. JaQuan Jackson had 4 points and 4 rebounds in the first quarter, but did not get much help as both teams...

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Pirates cold shooting and lack of rebounding leads to loss on the road
Feb09

Pirates cold shooting and lack of rebounding leads to loss on the road

The Seton Hall women’s basketball team fell, 71-52, to the Georgetown Hoyas on Friday afternoon in its first of three road games. The loss is a sour note for the team, who managed to go 4-1 over its last five games entering Friday, including come-from-behind wins against Xavier on Feb. 2 and Butler on Feb. 4. The loss today drops the Pirates conference record to 7-7, with their fifth-place position still intact. Dionna White proved to...

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SHU at its best with coaches’ help
Feb07

SHU at its best with coaches’ help

The final whistle blew with the Seton Hall women’s basketball team 70-65 winners over Georgetown on Jan. 14; it was the team’s eighth game in 18 days. Students were preparing to start classes for the spring semester that upcoming Wednesday and the team had not gotten a formal practice in since the second-to-last day of final exams during the fall semester. The team had pulled itself out from a 0-3 start to conference play, but was...

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Women’s basketball riding mid-season surge
Feb07

Women’s basketball riding mid-season surge

Staying positive seemed like a difficult endeavor for the Seton Hall women’s basketball program less than a month ago. After a home loss to Villanova on Jan. 12, the Pirates were 2-5 in Big East play, not playing to their potential while the top half of conference standings were fading from view. Yet after the comeback win over Butler on Feb. 4, the Pirates are on the rise. After starting 2-5 in the Big East, they have since won five...

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Women’s basketball striving for more than wins in February
Feb07

Women’s basketball striving for more than wins in February

While the Seton Hall women’s basketball team heads into the home stretch of its season with hopes of rising in the Big East, its eyes are also set on another goal that goes beyond the game of basketball. During the month of February, Seton Hall and the Big East are pairing up with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to raise money in support of the fight against cancers that commonly affect women through the “Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge.” Fans...

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Balance leading to potent offense for Pirates
Feb07

Balance leading to potent offense for Pirates

When a team loses its leading scorer, devastating outcomes can come as a result. When it was announced that Donnaizha Fountain would no longer be with the Seton Hall women’s basketball program on Jan. 21, many expected the Pirates’ offense – which was already struggling at the time – to fall off a cliff. Over two weeks later, that has not been the case. Fountain accounted for more than 15.5 points per game. However, since the...

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Fourth-quarter comeback leads Pirates past Butler
Feb04

Fourth-quarter comeback leads Pirates past Butler

The Seton Hall women’s basketball team defeated the visiting Butler Bulldogs, 75-64, at Walsh Gymnasium on Feb. 4. With the win, the Pirates improve to 15-9 overall and 7-6 in Big East play, while the visiting Bulldogs fall to 13-12, 5-8. Seton Hall has won five of its last six games, while Butler dropped its fourth in a row. With Sunday’s win, the Pirates broke the .500 mark in conference play after starting 2-5. The Hall, at 7-6, is...

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Shadeen Samuels eager to bring winning brand to SHU
Jan31

Shadeen Samuels eager to bring winning brand to SHU

As the Seton Hall women’s basketball team enters its final month of regular season play, the group will need to dig deep to piece together a strong run and vault up the standings. However, the Pirates will have to do this without their leader in points, rebounds and minutes in Donnaizha Fountain, who was left the program on Jan. 21. So far, the Pirates have fared well without Fountain in the lineup, going 2-1 since her departure. In...

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Defensive intensity key for women’s basketball
Jan31

Defensive intensity key for women’s basketball

After winning three of its last four games, the Seton Hall women’s basketball team has found itself in the middle of the Big East standings. However, there is more work to do for the Pirates to find themselves in the top half when the dust settles. The pride of coach Tony Bozzella’s system is the intensity his team brings to the game. From the players on the floor to those on the bench, Seton Hall has utilized a full-team effort to be...

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Resilient Pirates fall short in epic match in Omaha
Jan28

Resilient Pirates fall short in epic match in Omaha

The Seton Hall women’s basketball team lost in overtime on Sunday afternoon against the Creighton Bluejays, 81-64, at D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha, Neb. Down by as many as 20 points, Seton Hall rallied from behind to not only make it a game but give themselves a chance to win in the dramatic final moments. A last-second jumper by Inja Butina did not find the bottom of the net, however, and Creighton pulled away in the extra period. The...

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Seton Hall continue to improve its conference mark with road win
Jan26

Seton Hall continue to improve its conference mark with road win

The Seton Hall women’s basketball team were victorious Friday afternoon in Providence’s Alumni Hall as they defeated the Providence Friars, 65-56. It was the same score-line that the Hall had beaten Providence by on Jan. 5 in Walsh Gymnasium, with the Hall having won four of their last five, beginning with that first Providence win. The game was low-scoring in the first quarter, and things stay close until an 8-0 run to close...

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