Game preview: Seton Hall travels to Iona for a Sunday afternoon battleDate: December 8, 2019
By: Joey Nardone
Seton Hall women’s basketball faces off against Iona College on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Pirates are looking to bounce back from a 92-78 loss to No. 4 UConn Huskies.
Even with the tough loss in front of a sold-out Walsh Gymnasium the future is looking bright for the Pirates as freshman Mya Jackson went eight for 12 and had a team leading 21 points against UConn. Senior Shadeen Samuels came off the bench scoring 14 points, this was her first game back in action after missing four games due to injury.
Some old faces will be seen by Senior Alexis Lewis who transferred from Iona to Seton Hall. While at Iona (2015-2018) she earned many awards like three time All-MAAC selection, MAAC Co-sixth Player of the Year (2015-16), First Team All-Conference (2016-17), and led Iona in points, rebounds, and steals per game to earn All-MAAC Third Team Honors in 2017-18. Needless to say, Lewis had good times in Iona, now at Seton Hall she is averaging 14.8 points a game, representing the Pirates well.
Iona most recently fell to Central Michigan in a 70-50 loss on the road. Senior Morgan Rachu led the team with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Rachu has now hit 20 points in four of their seven seven games this season. Sophomore Juana Camilion received two season highs of 13 points and three steals that night as well.
Last season Iona finished 5-26 and are currently 1-6 but have only played one home game so far. Seton Hall will be traveling to New Rochelle, NY, for this out of conference match as they take on the Gaels at home. Iona’s victory was on the road, but they are expecting support at the Toys for Tots-Hynes Center.
Despite the two teams distanced by a 54-minute drive over the river they have not faced in over 12 years. The last time the two teams played in 2007 Seton Hall came out victorious with a 63-57 win. Iona has never defeated Seton Hall in all their history, with the Pirates holding a 14-0 record against them.
Coverage will be on WSOU starting at 12:45 p.m., with broadcast coverage provided by Bob Towey and Ronny Castaneda in New Rochelle, NY.
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