Game Preview: Women's basketball hosts UMass Lowell for midweek bout

Date: November 27, 2018

By Evando Thompson

The Seton Hall women’s basketball is set to take on UMass Lowell on Tuesday night after earning a convincing 100-77 win over St. Francis Brooklyn.

After losing their first game of the season on the road against the UCLA Bruins, Seton Hall returned to Walsh Gymnasium and won at home again, bringing their home record to a perfect 3-0.

The Pirates will be without starting point guard Inja Butina, who suffered a concussion against St. Francis Brooklyn. Butina is currently averaging 11 points and is third on the team in assists.

Kaela Hilaire, who projects to replace her in the starting lineup, performed well when she was provided the extra minutes after Butina’s injury. The junior guard had 12 points, and tied a career-high with 9 assists while only having one turnover.

Shadeen Samuels notched her third consecutive double-double and had a career high in points against St. Francis Brooklyn. Samuels exploded for 29 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

UMass Lowell comes into Walsh Gym at 2-3, having lost their last two games with one of the losses to Big East foe Butler.

The River Hawks’ offense is led by graduate guard Brianna Rudolph, who averages 11.2 points per game. Rudolph has led the team in scoring four out of their five games played and has failed to score double figures only once.

UMass Lowell has also held opposing teams to six made three-pointers per game, an aspect of the Seton Hall offense that has been potent thus far. The Pirates hit 14 three-pointers in their last game.

Women’s Basketball will continue a three-game homestand and look to protect homecourt once again. Tip-off against UMass Lowell is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m. at Walsh Gymnasium.

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