PROVIDENCE, RI – The Seton Hall women’s basketball team continued its Big East conference struggles, losing to the Providence Friars 62-47 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I., on Saturday afternoon.
“I am very frustrated that we didn’t compete harder than that,” head coach Anne Donovan said.
This is the Pirate’s 13th straight loss, dating back to Dec. 20, 2011.
The Hall trailed in the game from start to finish. The Friars scored the first four points in the game, on layups from forwards Rachel Barnes and Teya Wright. Senior guard Jasmine Crew scored the first basket for the Hall with 16:27 remaining in the opening half.
Barnes had 12 points in the game’s opening 10 minutes to lead the Friars to a 12-point lead. However, Seton Hall responded with an 8-0 run of their own.
Guard Terry Green hit two 3-pointers sandwiched around a Jazzmine Johnson layup to pull the Pirates within four points with 4:11 remaining in the half. The Hall would not get any closer to the Friars for the rest of the game.
On the next Providence possession, guard Chandler McCabe hit a straight-away 3-pointer to regain the eight-point lead. The Friars led by five at the half, 29-24.
In the second half, the Pirates struggled from their first possession. Providence started the period on a 6-0 run. Guard Lola Wells scored four of the first six points for the Friars.
Crew cut the Friar’s 12-point lead to 10 on an elbow jumper with 8:29 left in the game, but Providence went on an 8-0 to put the game out of reach. Guard Symone Roberts scored five of the eight points during the run.
Crew finished the game with a game-high 25 points. However, the Pirates only had four players score in the game.
“Jasmine Crew needs help,” Donovan said. “She can’t do it all. She can’t score all the points we need. She can’t defend in the post. So it’s very disappointing not seeing our starters set up.”
Barnes led the Friars with 14 points.
Seton Hall shot 34 percent in the game, but only 24 percent in the second half. The Pirates made just six baskets in the second half.
The Hall returns to the floor next Saturday when they host Cincinnati.
Timothy LeCras is participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts designed to give students real-world experience.