SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The Seton Hall Pirates just couldn’t keep up with Rutgers at after a draining second-half and overtime period, as the Scarlet Knights came out on top 91-79 after two periods of free basketball.
Pirates were led by junior Tabatha Richardson-Smith, who scored 28 points, and sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons, who finished with 15 points.
The Pirates came close to finishing the Scarlet Knights but couldn’t hold on. At the end of regulation, the game was tied 62-62, and the first overtime quarter ended with a 72-72 score. At the start of the second overtime, the Scarlet Knights went on a 13-0 run and never looked back.
Rutgers jumped ahead late in regulation, taking a 61-60 lead with 32.8 second remaining. The Pirates regained the lead,62-61, after Simmons netted a layup with only 4.7 seconds left on the clock.
The Scarlet Knights were fueled by guards Tyler Scaife and Kahleah Cooper who scored 29 and 27 points, respectively. The duo each shot over 50 percent from the field and paced Rutgers’ through their second overtime period.
Seton Hall’s longest run into the WNIT in program history ended on the road. Although the Pirates finished the season with a 20-14 record, the posted a sub-average 4-8 road record. Rutgers, who finished 25-9, will face Bowling Green in the elite eight of the WNIT and look to extend their postseason run.
As for the Pirates, they have returning stars Tabatha Richardson-Smith and Ka-Deidre Simmons to lead the charge next season as well as much of their current roster.