Seton Hall's run in the Big East Tournament ends with a last second loss to Butler, 83-80Date: March 8, 2020
By: Joey Nardone
The Seton Hall Pirates, ranked fourth in the Big East Tournament, took on the tournament top seed DePaul Blue Demons in Chicago, at the Wintrust Arena. The competition was for the semifinal of the women’s Big East tournament.
At the start of the game, Seton Hall went down early 13-9, but then went on an 8-0 run to tie it up at 13-13. At the end of the first quarter the score was tied at 24-24.
The game stayed close throughout the whole second quarter until DePaul started running away with it. With 2:07 left in the second quarter the Pirates were down 50-41, then came back strong to close the gap and end the half 50-46 with some strong play from Desiree Elmore, who tallied twelve points in the first half, shooting 6-6 from the field.
The third quarter also stayed close with Seton Hall always staying within striking distance. The quarter ended 70-67 in favor of DePaul. The Blue Demons had strong three-point shooting as they went fifty percent from behind the arc, shooting 4-8.
The fourth quarter was still back and forth action from both sides, but then the points stopped rolling with 7:46 left in the quarter. No points were scored for 3:11 for Seton Hall and 4:25 for DePaul. With seconds left in the game DePaul was leading 83-80 and Alexis Lewis threw up a three to send the game to overtime at the buzzer but missed, and the game ended with a DePaul victory.
Overall, Seton Hall played well against the top seed DePaul. Elmore had a double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds, Shadeen Samuels had 13 points, Lewis, Lauren Park-Lane, and Mya Jackson all had 10 points. The Pirates were lacking on the free throw line as they went 3-9 from the stripe. Three pointers were also a struggle for Seton Hall as they went 7-23.
On the other hand, DePaul were strong where Seton Hall lacked, going 7-10 from the free throw line and 14-35 for threes.
The Pirates had a strong season going 19-12 on the year, but the games are not guaranteed to be over for Seton Hall as they have a high chance of participating in a postseason tournament.
Joey Nardone can be reached at email@example.com.