In a season full of immense highs and disastrous lows, Seton Hall willed their way to the WNIT Championship after a late-season surge. Earning a 16-2 record over their past 18 games, the Pirates were prepared to take on a well-coached, dominant South Dakota State team that lost just one game during their non-conference schedule. The late-game scare in the WNIT Final Four against Middle Tennessee almost ended the season, but it was the Jackrabbits that put the Pirates away in the Saturday afternoon matchup, 82-50.
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The Pirates traveled to the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to take on Middle Tennessee State University in the WNIT Final Four. Neither team has made it this far prior to their matchup. Trailing by 4 with just 23 seconds left, Lauren Park-Lane and Sidney Cooks propelled Seton Hall to advance to the WNIT Championship, 74-73.
After a first-round loss in the SEC Tournament to Alabama a few weeks ago, redshirt junior Jala Jordan elected to enter her name in the transfer portal. A Philadelphia native, Jordan chose to stay within the tri-state area and has committed to join the Seton Hall women’s basketball program beginning in Fall 2022.
The women’s basketball team traveled to New York to face the Columbia Lions in the WNIT Elite Eight, the farthest they have gone in any tournament in program history. Despite being on the road, Lauren Park-Lane and company powered through Levien Gymnasium to seal their first Final Four appearance, 78-75.
Seton Hall women’s basketball hosted the Drexel Dragons on Thursday night for a WNIT Sweet Sixteen matchup. After an 11-0 run midway through the second half, Seton Hall overcame a 9-point deficit to advance to the Elite Eight, 78-71.
After a dominant victory in the first round of the WNIT versus Fairleigh Dickinson, Seton Hall was tasked with Virginia Commonwealth, who defeated Stony Brook in their first-round matchup. A sudden fourth quarter collapse from the Pirates nearly cost them the game, but the team prevailed to advance, 70-67.
After Seton Hall’s loss to No. 9 TCU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, head coach Kevin Willard heads to the Big 10 as Maryland’s new head coach. Willard served as Seton Hall’s head coach for 12 years in which he earned two Big East Championships in 2016 and 2020, five NCAA tournament berths, and seven 20-win seasons. The Pirates were expected to have a sixth berth in 2020 as a 3rd seed, though the tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Seton Hall began the Women’s National Invitational Tournament with a huge victory against Fairleigh Dickinson behind Lauren Park-Lane’s game-high 29 points.
After 3 years, the Pirates will participate in the 2022 Women’s National Invitational Tournament after accepting an at-large bid. They will host Fairleigh Dickinson in the first round on Thursday, March 17th at 7:00 pm in Walsh Gymnasium. They declined an invitation last season due to concerns of COVID-19, and the season prior was cancelled.
Seton Hall continued their journey to make their first Big East Tournament Championship since falling to DePaul in 2015. Despite a valiant effort, most notably 24 points from Lauren Park-Lane, the Pirates could not overtake Big East Player of the Year Maddy Siegrist and the Villanova Wildcats and were eliminated with a 64-55 loss on Sunday.
Big East Tournament play continued on Saturday as the Pirates faced Creighton for the last game of the night. In exciting fashion, Seton Hall stole the game and upset the Bluejays with a last-second midrange jumper from Mya Bembry to advance to the semifinals, 66-65.
Round one of the Big East Tournament began on Friday, and Seton Hall was tasked with taking down No. 11 Butler. Continuing on their dominant run, the Pirates stole the show in the second half and came out victorious in Uncasville, Connecticut by a score of 58-39.
The Big East announced the All-Big East teams on Thursday morning, and Seton Hall found some familiar names among those selected.
Looking to head into the Big East Tournament with a victory and their continued dominance, Seton Hall traveled to Cincinnati to face the Xavier Musketeers on Tuesday. Three Pirates scored 18 or more points as The Hall came out victorious for the ninth time in 10 games, 74-53.
Coming off a huge win against Butler at Walsh Gymnasium, Seton Hall traveled to Chicago to face the DePaul Blue Demons in hopes of avenging their January loss. The Pirates sailed to a 94-90 victory behind a combined 56 points from Sidney Cooks and Lauren Park-Lane on Friday at Wintrust Arena.
After a heartbreaking double-overtime loss on Sunday to Creighton, Seton Hall returned to Walsh Gymnasium on Tuesday to face Butler, who has yet to win a game in the new year. The duo of Lauren Park-Lane and Sidney Cooks propelled the Pirates to an 84-55 matinee victory over the Bulldogs.
It was Senior Day in South Orange as the Pirates hosted the Creighton Bluejays in hopes of extending their win streak. Andra Espinoza-Hunter, Danielle Robinson, and Katie Armstrong were all honored before gametime on Sunday. Both sides battled to the final buzzer in double overtime, though Seton Hall ultimately fell to Creighton in heartbreaking fashion, 97-91.
Seton Hall returned to Newark on Saturday night after losing two games on the road. DePaul traveled to town with hopes of stealing another win from Seton Hall after defeating them in mid-January. The Pirates, despite struggles down the stretch, avenged their loss and came out victorious against the Blue Demons behind a monster 18-point, 18-rebound double-double from senior Jared Rhoden.
Seton Hall continued its four-game homestand on Friday night as Providence traveled to Walsh Gymnasium for a tough Big East matchup. Looking to extend their win streak, Seton Hall started slow in what looked like the end to their recent surge. A fourth quarter push led by Lauren Park-Lane propelled the Pirates to victory over the Friars, 62-52.
Seton Hall hosted Villanova on Super Bowl Sunday in what became an instant classic for the Big East rivals. Lauren Park-Lane and Maddy Seigrist put on an offensive masterclass, though the Pirates came out victorious, 72-60.