Longwood Travel To Richmond For Midweek Showdown Against Virginia Commonwealth


Longwood Travel To Richmond For Midweek Showdown Against Virginia Commonwealth



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LANCER LEADOFF
• Longwood travel to Richmond to play Virginia commonwealth for the second part of a home and home series in 2022
• VCU is currently on a seven game winning streak
• Longwood have won six of their last seven games
• The Lancers have started conference play 2-1 after winning the weekend series against UNC Asheville
• Longwood ranks in the top 3 in every major batting category in the conference, including being ranked first in runs, RBI doubles, and total bases
Hunter Gilliam leads the conference in slugging % and home runs hit with seven
• Longwood ranks 36th in the country in doubles, and 26th in total runs scored.

MATCHUP HISTORY

• VCU own a 13-3 record against Longwood.

• The two sides met earlier this year with VCU winning 8-3.

• The Rams are currently on a five game win streak against the Lancers, and have won nine of the last 10

PROBABLE PITCHERS

• Redshirt junior Cole Taylor is making his third midweek start in a row. Taylor had his best appearance to date against Norfolk State where he threw five shutout innings

PLAYER(S) TO WATCH

Gregory Ryan is as hot as anyone in the conference and earned his first Player of the Week honors last week. Ryan currently holds an 11 game hitting streak where he’s batted .453 and hit four home runs in that span. Ryan is the reigning conference player of the week

Cole Taylor is coming off a career best performance on the mound last week. Taylor surrendered just 4 hits and threw five innings without allowing a run against Norfolk State

SCHEDULE TREND

• Following the midweek showdown with VCU, Longwood continue their Big South play against NC A&T in a three game weekend series

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Pirates Travel To No. 24 UConn For Midweek Showdown


Game 24: Seton Hall Pirates (15-8, 6-7 BIG EAST) at No. 24 Connecticut Huskies (17-7, 8-5 BIG EAST)    
Wednesday, Feb. 16  •  Gampel Pavilion (Storrs, Conn.)  •  8:30 p.m.
TV: CBSSN • Tom McCarthy, Pete Gillen & Sherree Burruss
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Game Notes: Seton Hall | Connecticut
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NOTES YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Winners of three of its last four games, the Seton Hall men’s basketball team will head to No. 24 Connecticut to take on the Huskies in a critical BIG EAST battle at 8:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
  • Seton Hall is currently 34th in the NET and 34th in KenPom.
  • Seton Hall is 7-7 this season against Quad 1 and Quad 2 competition.
  • After going 3-6 in January, Seton Hall is 3-1 in the month of February.
  • February has been a good month for the Pirates in recent years as they’ve gone 30-18 since 2015-16 in the calendar’s second month.
  • Seton Hall has gotten its defensive mojo back recently as its allowed only 65.5 points per contest over the last four games and it has allowed its last three opponents to shoot 27.5 percent (24-of-87) from three-point range.
  • The Hall is 3-4 this season against ranked opponents with wins at No. 4 Michigan, vs. No. 7 Texas and No. 25 Xavier.
  • Since starting 3-6 in BIG EAST play, Seton Hall has won three of its last four games to bring its league record to 6-7.
  • The last time the Pirates had started 3-6 in the BIG EAST was in 2016-17, when the Pirates went on to win seven of their next nine to finish 10-8 while also reaching the BIG EAST Tournament semis. The team earned a 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Outside of the loss to St. John’s on Jan. 24, Seton Hall’s other six losses in conference play have come by an average margin of defeat of 5.3 points.
  • Two of those defeats (at No. 21 Providence Dec. 29, vs. No. 22 Villanova Jan. 1) came without two critical interior pieces in 7-2 graduate student Ike Obiagu and 6-10 junior Tyrese Samuel.
  • Seton Hall is 12-0 this season when it holds its opponents to 69 points or less and 12-1 when its either leading or tied at halftime.
  • The Hall is one of nine programs in the country with multiple wins over top 10 teams this season (Baylor, Duke, Gonzaga, Oregon, UCLA, Alabama, Arizona, Texas Tech).
  • The Pirates are one of only two teams in college basketball, along with Kentucky (at No. 5 Kansas, 80-62) that secured a true top five road win in the non-conference (at No. 4 Michigan, 67-65).
  • Seton Hall went 9-1 in the non-conference portion of its schedule with wins over Texas, Michigan, Rutgers, Wagner (first place NEC) and Yale (first place Ivy League).
  • The Hall is 127-19 (.869) since 2015-16 when its lead gets to seven points.
  • Junior Tray Jackson (Detroit, Mich.) is 10-of-20 from behind the three-point arc over his last four games.
  • Graduate Student Alexis Yetna (Paris, France) is one of only two players in the BIG EAST (Adama Sanogo, UConn) that is averaging more than nine rebounds (9.2) and nine points per game (9.2) against league competition.
  • Over the last six games, graduate student Jamir Harris (North Brunswick, N.J.) is averaging 10.2 points and making 42 percent of his three-pointers (15-of-36).
  • Graduate student Ike Obiagu (Abuja, Nigeria) has registered a block in 45 of his last 47 games and ranks sixth nationally with 3.4 blocks per game.
  • With fellow point guard Bryce Aiken out with a concussion, Richmond has stepped up and is averaging 12 points, 5.6 assists and 4.8 rebounds over the last five games.
  • Senior Jared Rhoden (Baldwin, N.Y.) ranks fifth in the BIG EAST with 15.4 points per game, 14th in rebounding with 6.8 rebounds per game and sixth with an 80 percent clip from the free-throw line.
  • With six league games remaining, graduate student Myles Cale (Middletown, Del.) has played in 86 career BIG EAST games, the most in the history of the conference.





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Third Quarter Sinks Conard in Showdown with Northwest Catholic – We-Ha


Two of the top teams in the state met in the gym at Conard High School in West Hartford Tuesday night.

Conard’s ‘Red C’ student section was out in force Tuesday night. Conard vs. Northwest Catholic boys basketball. Feb. 1, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

By Paul Palmer

It was a game that had everything. A pair of 10-win teams both riding win streaks. For the first time this season, a nearly full house as limits on fans were lifted. Scouts from several D1 colleges in the crowd to look at players. And two of the area’s top players going head-to-head.

The matchup between Northwest Catholic and Conard lived up to its billing with exciting plays, strong defense, clutch shooting, and in the end the game turned on a single 8-minute quarter.

For Northwest Catholic (11-1) to win, they would have to find a way to stop or limit Conard super sophomore Riley Fox.  They would also need to use their size advantage to control the boards and the inside game. For Conard, success would come if the Chieftains could stop NWC senior Matty Curtis (who’ll play D1 at Fairfield next year) and figure a way around the Lions’ big men.

Badara Diakite (No. 24) of Northwest Catholic and Riley Fox of Conard tip off. Conard vs. Northwest Catholic boys basketball. Feb. 1, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

With a loud student section and a packed house, both teams fed off the energy from the opening tip. The Lions raced out to a quick 4-point lead, before Fox nailed his first 3-pointer of the night. Early on it was Conard controlling the boards, especially on defense with Fox and Jalen Hamblin limiting the visitors to a single shot each trip down.

It would take Conard just over 5 minutes to get its first lead of the game, when Fox hit another 3 to make it a 7-6 game. He would add one more triple in the quarter and the hosts came away with a 10-7 lead at the end of one.

Northwest Catholic used its speed and a trapping, ball hogging defense to force Conard into several turnovers in the first, but they could not convert on all their chances. In the second quarter, the lead would go back and forth with Curtis and Fox leading the scoring for their teams.

Northwest Catholic’s Gianni Mirabello plays tight defense on Conard’s Declan McCann. Conard vs. Northwest Catholic boys basketball. Feb. 1, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

The play that had the house on its feet was Fox’s basket with 1.8 seconds to go. After a ball fake, he split two defenders and then hit a leaner from beyond the arc to give Conard a 24-23 lead at intermission, and seemingly all the momentum it would need.

Fox would finish the first half with 17 of his team’s 24 points. Hamblin had the other 7.

“They are bigger, but we are strong,” said Conard coach Jared Leghorn. “I wanted us to be a physical presence and we were.”

The game turned on the third quarter, as Curtis and Northwest got hot and Fox and Conard lost their shooting touch. In fact, the Chieftains would not score their first points of the third period until the 4:15 mark, to cut the Lions lead to 30-26.

Jackson Morhardt of Conard puts up the 3 against Northwest Catholic. Conard vs. Northwest Catholic boys basketball. Feb. 1, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

Curtis owned the quarter, hitting driving layups and jump shots, and teammates Badara Diakite and Hayden Abdullah began to assert themselves on the boards. The 6-foot-9 Abdullah and the 6-foot-7 Diatkite would block multiple Conard shots and alter several others when they got between shooter and basket. Northwest outscored the hosts 16-7 in the third to take the 40-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Fox would get his first points of the second half on a 3 at the 6:03 mark. Conard’s comeback efforts were dealt a setback when Hamblin went down earlier in the fourth with a calf cramp and would miss several minutes.

The Chieftains made a big run late in the fourth, with Fox cutting it to a 4-point deficit, before Curtis responded to restore the 6-point lead with just 90 seconds to play. It was cut to 4 when Ryan Bushnell hit a layup with 1:07 to go, but that would be as close as Conard would get.

Northwest Catholic would hit several free throws down the stretch to seal the deal and take the 52-43 win. Fox led all scorers with 25 points, and Curtis led his team with 22, 16 of them in the second half.

After the game, Leghorn put it this way: “If we won it would be great, and the loss hurts, but it is the games in March that matter,” he said. “They proved that when you play Conard this year, you are going into a battle.”

Conard (10-2) will travel to face Portland Thursday night at 6 p.m. and will travel to Tolland on Friday night for a 6 p.m. start, while Northwest Catholic will host St. Bernard on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Conard head coach Jared Leghorn talks things over with his team in the fourth quarter. Conard vs. Northwest Catholic boys basketball. Feb. 1, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

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Saturday Showdown – Racers Host Morehead State


Opponent: Morehead State Eagles
Site (Venue): Murray, Ky. (CFSB Center)
Date/Game Time: Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022/4 p.m.
Audio: WFGS Froggy 103.7FM (PxP: Neal Bradley Analyst: Kenny Roth)
TV(Live Streaming): None(ESPN+)
Live Stats: GoRacers.com/Coverage
Twitter In Game: @MSURacers
MUR Record (Streak): 19-2, 9-0 (Won 9)
MOR Record (Streak): 16-5, 8-0 (Won 10)
MUR Last Game: Won 80-75 at TTU (Jan. 27)
MOR Last Game: Won 74-73 OT at SEMO (Jan. 27)
All-Time Series vs. MOR: Racers lead 114-52
First Meeting: 1934 MUR won at MOR 47-22
Last Meeting: Feb. 4, 2021 MUR lost at MOR 66-56
Largest MSU Win: +52 92-40 Home 2005
Largest MOR Win: -33 111-78 Away 1969
Last Five vs MOR: MSU 3-2
Next MSU Game: Feb. 3 at Austin Peay
Next MSU Home Game: Feb. 5 vs SIUE
 
Saturday Showdown – Racers Host Morehead State
The Murray State Racers take on the Morehead State Eagles Saturday in a 4 p.m. tip  at the CFSB Center in Murray, Kentucky. The game marks a showdown between the last unbeaten teams in the Ohio Valley Conference.
 
The Racers (19-2) are a win from their 32nd 20-win season in the 97 seasons of the program. They’ve won their last nine games since a loss to No. 1 Auburn (Dec. 22) and have won 16 of their last 17 games. At home in the CFSB Center, the Racers are 11-0 this season and have won their last 12.
 
The Racers’ series with Morehead State began in 1934 and with this being the 168th all-time meeting, the series is the longest Murray State has. Murray State and Morehead State are two of the original-founding members of the OVC and have been a member of the league for 74 seasons. Murray State University is set to the join the Missouri Valley Conference July 1.
 
MSU’s 24th Season At The Bank
The CFSB Center is often known as “The Bank”, but it’s more known for being one of the best places to watch a college basketball game. The Racers enter the game Saturday 298-49 (.858) overall and 126-17 (.881) in OVC games. In the Coach Matt McMahon era. The Racers are 84-15 (.848) at the CFSB Center. The Eagles won here in 2021 for the first time since 2003 and are 3-16 all-time. Morehead’s other win at The Bank happened in 2002.
 
Brown & Williams – Two Greats
Tevin Brown and KJ Williams are going places in MSU’s record book that few players have gone before. Brown is one of only three MSU players to score 1,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and give out 350 assists. Williams is on the verge of being the seventh Racer to score 1,000 points and grab 800 rebounds.
 
Brown Eyes OVC 3-Point Record
Tevin Brown has already set the new record for made 3-point baskets in MSU history (Jan. 17) at Eastern Illinois as he surpassed MSU Hall of Famer Isaiah Canaan who starred for the Racers from 2009-13 with 304. Entering Saturday’s game, Brown has 317.  He needs only needs three 3-pointers to break the OVC record of 319 currently held by Austin Peay’s Joe Sibbitt (1994-98).
 
The Week Ahead For MSU
The game with Morehead State marks the eighth game in 16 days for the Racers. The second game between the two is at Johnson Arena in Morehead, Ky., on Feb.  12. Next week, the Racers travel to Clarksville, Tenn. for the first Popeyes Battle of the Border game with Austin Peay. The Racers are back at home next Saturday (Feb. 5) to meet the SIUE Cougars.
Racer Basketball Legacy Fund
The new fundraising initiative invites Racer supporters to have a lasting impact on the Murray State men’s and women’s basketball programs. Those interested in learning more about how you can support the Racer Basketball Legacy Fund initiative may contact Director of Development-Athletics, Taylor Mudd at (270) 809-3517 or [email protected] for more information.
 
Harlem Globetrotters Coming To CFSB Center – Feb. 2
The worldwide sensation Harlem Globetrotters have announced they will return to Murray State University for an eighth time on February 2, 2022 beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Guests may also visit the CFSB Center ticket office, located at 1401 State Route 121 North, Murray, Ky 42071 (Lower A Entrance). For more information, please contact the CFSB Center ticket hotline at 270-809-3000.
 
Racers Selected For Two Home Games On ESPNU
The Murray State men’s basketball is hosting a pair of televised home games on ESPNU as announced by the Ohio Valley Conference for the 2021-22 season. The Racers will appear on ESPNU (Feb. 17) when they host the Austin Peay Governors at the CFSB Center in a 6 p.m. tip. The second game happens at home (Feb. 24) against the Belmont Bruins in a tip off of 8 p.m. Both of the TV games for the Racers come on Thursday nights. The OVC schedule has a total of nine total men’s basketball televised games (six regular season contests and three OVC Tournament games) to be aired by one of the ESPN networks during the 2021-22 season. This includes three nights of coverage at the OVC Tournament (March 4-5) at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.
 
About Murray State Athletics

Located in Murray, Kentucky, the athletics department of Murray State University is a NCAA Division I member and plays in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Racers have 15 programs including men’s teams for baseball, basketball, cross country, football and golf and women’s teams for basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball, as well as a mixed gender rifle team. Currently a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, the Racers will join the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1, 2022.
 
 



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Eagles Host Miami in Sunday Showdown


CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Boston College women’s basketball will look to continue its momentum when it hosts Miami on Sunday in Conte Forum. Tip-off is at Noon and will air on NESN. 

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PROMOTIONS

Sunday’s game will celebrate National Girl’s and Women in Sports Day. There will be a poster and rally towel giveaway while the women’s lacrosse team, who won the 2021 National Championship, will be recognized. 

 

Schedule Announcement
The February 10th matchup against NC State has been pushed up to 6 p.m. on the ACC Network. 

About the Eagles

Last Time Out

Boston College earned its first ranked win at home since 2015 after defeating No. 17/19 Notre Dame in a 73-71 thriller. The Eagles were led by Cameron Swartz (28 points), Makayla Dickens (20 points) and Taylor Soule (15 points), who combined for 63 of the points. Soule recorded her first double-double of the season with a season-best 10 rebounds. Dickens (6 3’s) and Swartz (5 3’s) combined for 11 trifectas. BC came back from 14 down in the third quarter, outscoring the Fighting Irish 32-16 in the final 12:53 of the contest. 

By the Numbers

1/8 – Dickens is the only player in the country this season to come off the bench to score at least 20 points, dish out five assists and hit at least five 3-pointers. 

4 – Swartz is one of four players in the ACC to score at least 25 points on three different occasions.

20 – Two of Swartz’s 20-point outings have come against ranked opponents (No. 25 UNC/Notre Dame). 

28 – The 28 points by Swartz are the most against a ranked opponent since Emma Guy scored 30 against then-No. 15 Syracuse on Feb. 10, 2019.

What to Watch for

– Watch if the Eagles can keep Miami off the offensive glass, as Miami is 8-1 when pulling down at least 15 offensive rebounds.

– See if the Eagles can convert from inside the arc, as they are eighth in the country shooting 53.5 percent from two. Miami is 2-5 when it allows its opponent to shoot at least 50 percent from two.

– Over the last six games (5-1),  Dickens has been solid off the bench. The senior is averaging 12.8 points, 4.7 assists, 2.7 rebounds, and shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 43.9 percent from deep. Watch if she can continue her stellar play.

– The defense is forcing 19.8 turnovers over the last four games and averaging 19 points off turnovers. Watch if the defense can continue to ramp up the pressure.

– Watch if the offense can take advantage of its opportunities on offense, where the Canes are 1-4 this season when allowing over 85 points per 100 possessions. 

Scouting Miami

– The Hurricanes have won three of their last four games following a 59-52 win over Florida State on the road on Thursday.

– Kelsey Marshall scored a game-high 21 points in the win. She hit five of her seven field goals from beyond the arc.

– Lola Pendale led the team with nine rebounds.

– Marshall is the lone player on the team to average double figures with a scoring clip of 13.8 ppg.

– Marshall also leads the team in assists (3.0 apg).

– Pendale is pulling down a team-high 5.8 rpg.

– Miami is fifth in the ACC and 41st in the country allowing 56.4 points per game.

– They are also 31st in the country allowing 80.9 points per 100 possessions.

– Miami is 2-3 this season in away/neutral-site games. 

Series History

Boston College is 18-29 all-time against Miami and 10-10 at home against the Canes. The Eagles fell to Miami last season, 77-60, in the most recent matchup. 

What’s Next

BC will travel to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech on Thursday at 7 p.m. 

 





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🏀 Dillons Sunflower Showdown Set for Wednesday in Manhattan – Kansas Jayhawks


LAWRENCE, Kan. – The first round of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Bramlage Coliseum as the Kansas Jayhawks travel to Manhattan, Kan., to face the Kansas State Wildcats. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on Big 12 NOW on ESPN+.

Kansas enters the matchup with a record of 11-3, which includes a 2-2 mark in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks are receiving votes in the latest AP Poll after defeating No. 13/12 Texas 70-66 in overtime on Jan. 12 before falling late to No. 14/13 Baylor, 82-79, on Jan. 16. All three of the Jayhawks defeats this season have come against teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25.

Kansas will be seeking its first win in Manhattan since 2019 against a KSU team that is 13-4 on the year and 3-2 in Big 12 play. The Wildcats fell from the AP Poll this week following losses to No. 9/12 Iowa State and Texas Tech. Leading the way for Kansas is junior guard Holly Kersgieter, who scored a season-high 23 points against Baylor while matching a career-high with five made three-pointers. Kersgieter moved into sole possession of 10th place on KU’s all-time list for three-point field goals in the game.

Ioanna Chatzileonti scored a career-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting against Baylor on Sunday while also pulling down eight rebounds. Zakiyah Franklin also crossed the 20-point mark against Baylor as she finished with a new season-high 20 points. With Kersgieter (23), Chatzileonti (20) and Franklin (20) each scoring 20 or more points against Baylor, Kansas had three players score 20+ for the first time since Jan. 30, 2019 against Oklahoma.

Kansas State is 13-4 on the year and 3-2 in Big 12 play following a 64-45 defeat at Texas Tech on Jan. 15. The Wildcats rank sixth in the Big 12 in scoring, averaging 70.5 points per game while holding its opponents to 56.2 points per game, which ranks second in the league. KSU is led by junior center Ayoka Lee, who leads the Big 12 in scoring, field goal percentage and blocked shots while ranking second in rebounding.

The Dillons Sunflower Showdown between Kansas and Kansas State dates back to 1969, with 125 all-time meetings between the in-state rivals. Kansas State leads the all-time series 77-48, which includes a 36-16 record in games played in Manhattan. The rivals split a home-and-home series in 2020-21 with each team winning on its home court. KU last won at Bramlage Coliseum on Jan. 13, 2019, defeating the Wildcats 61-54.

Up Next

Kansas returns home to Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, Jan. 22, to host Texas Tech. That game tips off at 4 p.m. on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.





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Auburn delivers Alabama Second Loss of the Week in Showdown at Coleman Coliseum


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (EETV) – Chants of “Let’s go Auburn” erupted in Coleman Coliseum as the Tigers went on to defeat the Crimson Tide 81-77 in a game that had 10 lead changes and eight ties. With the win Auburn moves 15-1 on the season and 4-0 in league play.

“You win at Alabama, you make history.” said Coach Pearl after the game.

Jabari Smith had a career-high 25 points on 8 for 14 from the field including 3 for 6 from beyond the arc. He also added seven rebounds and an assist during his 34 minutes on the court.

“It felt great. We knew this would be tough. We just came out here and focused on staying together. Stay poised, shoot my shots.” said Smith following his career-high.

Smith was one of four Tigers with double-digit points with Wendell Green scoring 19 and KD Johnson scoring 13, but it was Allen Flanigan who went a perfect four for four from the charity stripe in the last minute to give Auburn the win.

“We knew it would come down to the final minutes” Flanigan stated after the game “We shoot free throws every day so just go through my routine take a breath and shoot my shot”

The Tigers struggled with fouls for the second straight game, committing 24 personal fouls over the match.

Walker Kessler struggled the most picking up two fouls in the first three minutes of play. The big man would only play 13 minutes and fouled out with just two points.

The teams were well matched in the first half, Auburn went on an 11-2 run with 5 minutes left in the half with seven points from KD Johnson to give the Tigers a nine-point lead that the Crimson Tide were able to cut to five by the end of the half.

Auburn started to pull away midway through the second thanks to the scoring power of Green who had 13 points in the 2nd half alone. The Tigers would pull away to a 14 point lead with 7:57 left to play.

The Crimson Tide would not go down without a fight as they roared back with a 14-point run to tie the ball game at 73. Alabama’s Jaden Shackelford powered the Tide on the run as he scored nine of the 14 points including two three-pointers that lit the Alabama faithful up. Shackelford scored four points the rest of the night.

The teams would trade free throws before a Johnson layup and four straight free throws from Flanigan iced the game to give Auburn the win.

Smith and the Tigers ended Alabama’s 12-game home win streak and moved their own win streak to 12. The Tigers will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Oxford, Mississippi to take on Ole Miss. Tip-off is set is for 7:30 PM CST and will air on SEC Network.




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Pirates Travel To Villanova for New Year’s Eve Showdown



VILLANOVA, PENNSYLVANIA – Finneran Pavilion






SETON HALL (6-5, 1-2) vs. VILLANOVA (6-5, 0-2)
Date Time Live Video Live Audio Live Stats Twitter
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Dec. 31
2:00 PM

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THE GAME
Seton Hall will return to action on Friday, December 31 when it returns to BIG EAST play at Finneran Pavilion against local rival Villanova.  Tip time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. 
 
MEDIA
The game will be streamed live by the BIG EAST Digital Network and available to FloSports subscribers with Nick Mantegna, Christine Motta and Meghan Caffrey on the call.  As usual, the game will also be available over the airwaves at 89.5 FM WSOU and at wsou.net.  Joe Matthews and Ryan Henry will describe the action on the radio.  Live stats will also be available.
 
WSOU is now also airing a post-game “Hall Line” show following its women’s basketball games.  Be sure to tune in after the final buzzer.
 
LAST GAME               
Andra Espinoza-Hunter (Ossining, N.Y.) and Sidney Cooks (Kenosha, Wis.) recorded double-doubles and the Pirates withstood a late Seahawk rally to defeat Wagner, 70-62, in Walsh Gym on Dec. 21.
 
The victory is the Pirates’ third in their last four games and boosts their record over .500 (6-5) as the non-conference portion of their schedule draws to a close.
 
Espinoza-Hunter erupted for a game-high 20 points to go with 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in a strong all-around game.  Cooks had 17 points and career-highs of 14 rebounds and six blocks.  Lauren Park-Lane (Wilmington, Del.) had a season-high 11 assists, while Mya Jackson (Wilmington, Ohio) had 16 points on the strength of four made three-pointers.
 




Seton Hall University Logo vs.

Villanova

Seton Hall All-Time vs. the Wildcats: Villanova leads, 45-24
2020-21 Meetings:
HALL 67, Villanova 55 (F) – Feb. 27, 2021 (Pavilion)
Villanova 78, HALL 71 (F) – Jan. 6, 2021 (Walsh)
 
LAST YEAR AGAINST VILLANOVA
Last season, Seton Hall and Villanova split the season series, with each team winning on the road. 
 
On January 6, Lauren Park-Lane (Wilmington, Del.) scored a game-high 27 points, but the Pirates fell to Villanova, 78-71, at Walsh Gym.  Park-Lane notched her third straight 20-point game, going 7-for-14 from the floor and a near-perfect 12-for-13 from the free-throw line.
 
On Feb. 27, Desiree Elmore erupted for team-highs of 21 points and 16 rebounds as the Pirates picked up a convincing road victory over Villanova, 67-55.  Seton Hall led for the majority of the game and never trailed after the first quarter.  A 9-0 burst early in the third quarter proved to be the difference-maker as the Pirates won their fourth game in a row.
 
Elmore was brilliant, scoring a team-high 21 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the floor and 8-for-10 from the free-throw line.  She also pulled down 16 rebounds and dished out four assists.  Lauren Park-Lane also had a huge game, going for 20 points and dished out five assists.  Andra Espinoza-Hunter added 16 more points and grabbed seven rebounds in 40 minutes played.
 
SCOUTING VILLANOVA
The Wildcats are coming off a successful 17-7 campaign during the abbreviated 2020-21 season, including a 9-5 mark in conference play.  They were eliminated from the BIG EAST Tournament by the eventual champion, UConn, in the semifinals.  Villanova then defeated UMass and Florida n the WNIT before ending their season with a loss to Delaware in the quarterfinals.
 
This year, Villanova is predicted to finish fifth in the 11-team BIG EAST Conference, according to the Preseason Coaches’ Poll.  Lauren Van Kleunen was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.  The dominant Maddy Siegrist, who led the BIG EAST in both scoring and rebounding last season, was a unanimous Preseason All-BIG EAST selection. 
 
Villanova enters its contest with Seton Hall with a 6-5 overall record and an 0-2 mark in conference play.  The Wildcats have won three straight and are coming off a 66-56 victory over La Salle on Dec. 21.  Seton Hall and Villanova have already had two common opponents, Lehigh and Princeton.  While the Pirates defeated both, Nova edged Lehigh 65-60 on Dec. 1, and fell to Princeton in the season-opener, 59-42.  In BIG EAST play, Villanova lost a pair of road contests at Providence and Creighton.  Friday’s game against The Hall will be their first home BIG EAST game of the year. 
 
UP NEXT
Seton Hall will return to action on Friday, Jan. 7 when it hosts BIG EAST rival Butler in Walsh Gymnasium for Kids’ Day.  Tip time is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.  The game will be streamed live by the BIG EAST Digital Network and available for FloSports subscribers.

 





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Pirates Travel To Villanova for New Year’s Eve Showdown



VILLANOVA, PENNSYLVANIA – Finneran Pavilion






SETON HALL (6-5, 1-2) vs. VILLANOVA (6-5, 0-2)
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Dec. 31
2:00 PM

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THE GAME
Seton Hall will return to action on Friday, December 31 when it returns to BIG EAST play at Finneran Pavilion against local rival Villanova.  Tip time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. 
 
MEDIA
The game will be streamed live by the BIG EAST Digital Network and available to FloSports subscribers with Nick Mantegna, Christine Motta and Meghan Caffrey on the call.  As usual, the game will also be available over the airwaves at 89.5 FM WSOU and at wsou.net.  Joe Matthews and Ryan Henry will describe the action on the radio.  Live stats will also be available.
 
WSOU is now also airing a post-game “Hall Line” show following its women’s basketball games.  Be sure to tune in after the final buzzer.
 
LAST GAME               
Andra Espinoza-Hunter (Ossining, N.Y.) and Sidney Cooks (Kenosha, Wis.) recorded double-doubles and the Pirates withstood a late Seahawk rally to defeat Wagner, 70-62, in Walsh Gym on Dec. 21.
 
The victory is the Pirates’ third in their last four games and boosts their record over .500 (6-5) as the non-conference portion of their schedule draws to a close.
 
Espinoza-Hunter erupted for a game-high 20 points to go with 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in a strong all-around game.  Cooks had 17 points and career-highs of 14 rebounds and six blocks.  Lauren Park-Lane (Wilmington, Del.) had a season-high 11 assists, while Mya Jackson (Wilmington, Ohio) had 16 points on the strength of four made three-pointers.
 




Seton Hall University Logo vs.

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Seton Hall All-Time vs. the Wildcats: Villanova leads, 45-24
2020-21 Meetings:
HALL 67, Villanova 55 (F) – Feb. 27, 2021 (Pavilion)
Villanova 78, HALL 71 (F) – Jan. 6, 2021 (Walsh)
 
LAST YEAR AGAINST VILLANOVA
Last season, Seton Hall and Villanova split the season series, with each team winning on the road. 
 
On January 6, Lauren Park-Lane (Wilmington, Del.) scored a game-high 27 points, but the Pirates fell to Villanova, 78-71, at Walsh Gym.  Park-Lane notched her third straight 20-point game, going 7-for-14 from the floor and a near-perfect 12-for-13 from the free-throw line.
 
On Feb. 27, Desiree Elmore erupted for team-highs of 21 points and 16 rebounds as the Pirates picked up a convincing road victory over Villanova, 67-55.  Seton Hall led for the majority of the game and never trailed after the first quarter.  A 9-0 burst early in the third quarter proved to be the difference-maker as the Pirates won their fourth game in a row.
 
Elmore was brilliant, scoring a team-high 21 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the floor and 8-for-10 from the free-throw line.  She also pulled down 16 rebounds and dished out four assists.  Lauren Park-Lane also had a huge game, going for 20 points and dished out five assists.  Andra Espinoza-Hunter added 16 more points and grabbed seven rebounds in 40 minutes played.
 
SCOUTING VILLANOVA
The Wildcats are coming off a successful 17-7 campaign during the abbreviated 2020-21 season, including a 9-5 mark in conference play.  They were eliminated from the BIG EAST Tournament by the eventual champion, UConn, in the semifinals.  Villanova then defeated UMass and Florida n the WNIT before ending their season with a loss to Delaware in the quarterfinals.
 
This year, Villanova is predicted to finish fifth in the 11-team BIG EAST Conference, according to the Preseason Coaches’ Poll.  Lauren Van Kleunen was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.  The dominant Maddy Siegrist, who led the BIG EAST in both scoring and rebounding last season, was a unanimous Preseason All-BIG EAST selection. 
 
Villanova enters its contest with Seton Hall with a 6-5 overall record and an 0-2 mark in conference play.  The Wildcats have won three straight and are coming off a 66-56 victory over La Salle on Dec. 21.  Seton Hall and Villanova have already had two common opponents, Lehigh and Princeton.  While the Pirates defeated both, Nova edged Lehigh 65-60 on Dec. 1, and fell to Princeton in the season-opener, 59-42.  In BIG EAST play, Villanova lost a pair of road contests at Providence and Creighton.  Friday’s game against The Hall will be their first home BIG EAST game of the year. 
 
UP NEXT
Seton Hall will return to action on Friday, Jan. 7 when it hosts BIG EAST rival Butler in Walsh Gymnasium for Kids’ Day.  Tip time is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.  The game will be streamed live by the BIG EAST Digital Network and available for FloSports subscribers.

 





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Plane issues throw wrench in Golden State’s travel plans ahead of Knicks showdown


The Golden State Warriors hit another roadblock after their win against Indiana, as team plane issues arise before a scheduled clash against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden.

With Stephen Curry two three-pointers away from breaking Ray Allen’s record, many fans are dying to witness history unfold. Hitting two three-pointers in a game seems like a walk in the park for the Warriors star. Besides, breaking the record in the world’s most famous arena is an extravagant place for a grand milestone in Curry’s career.

However, as the Warriors extend their stay in Indianapolis due to mechanical issues for their team plane, another difficult circumstance hits the team and Curry’s chase for the record.

Playing in back-to-back games is difficult enough for most teams, but this additional hit to Golden State’s schedule just ruins the logistics of their preparation against the Knicks.

 

Despite the difficulties and issues arising due to late arrival, it seems that the 7:30 pm tip-off is a go. All the rest, recovery, and preparation that the Warriors usually get will undoubtedly be affected. Although they face a slumping Knicks team, this kind of situation can be challenging, mainly since players perform better when following the schedule during their road trips.

With everyone dying to witness Curry’s record, can he showcase a classic performance in New York despite having a severe roadblock on the day itself? While everyone is eager for Curry’s greatness to unfold, the priority is certainly the health and safety of all members of the Warriors’ team and staff travelling to MSG.

 

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