Seton Hall WBB advances past Providence in BIG EAST Tournament First RoundDate: March 6, 2017
The Seton Hall Women's Basketball lives to see another day as they defeat the Providence Friars 73-60 in the opening round of the Big East Tournament.
The Pirates were led by freshman Kaela Hilaire who finished with 18 points, four rebounds and three assists. Hilaire was unanimously selected to the Big East All-Freshman team last week.
JaQuan Jackson also played well for the Hall scoring 17 points to go along with three rebounds and three assists. Jackson and Hilaire led the Pirates to a season-best 51 percent field goal mark.
Seton Hall's defense came up big tonight holding Providence to just 3-16 from beyond the arc. Coming into the game, the Friars were shooting 38 percent from downtown which ranked best in the conference. Yoyo Nogic, Providence’s leadeing scorer, was also held 0-6 from three-point range.
The Friars shot 47 percent from deep in the two games against Seton Hall this year. Seton Hall’s defensive adjustments on the three-point line may have won them the game.
"I am very proud of our girls,” head coach Tony Bozzella said after the game. “We've obviously struggled recently, but we've actually had two real good weeks. I didn't know how well we would play because a lot of our girls have never played in a Big East playoff game before, and they came through, and I'm proud of them."
Despite being a very young team, the Pirates were able to find a way to win down the stretch breaking their seven game losing skid. And making some big plays late in the game was the one senior on the team, Lubirdia Gordon. The Big East's leader in blocks scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the second half alone. She would go on to finish with nine points and 12 boards, just one point shy of a double-double.
The Pirates (12-18) will be back in action on Sunday evening as they take on the best team in the Big East, the DePaul Blue Demons who are 24-6 overall and 16-2 in conference play. Tip-off will be at 7:00 p.m. and all of the coverage will begin at 6:45 p.m. on 89.5 fm WSOU, wsou.net, and for free on the iheartradio app.