By Patrick Barron,
Sports Business Writer
Spring is approaching and it is a great time to be a Seton Hall Pirates fan, particularly for the basketball teams. Both the men and women basketball teams reached the NCAA tournament. For the Seton Hall women’s basketball team, this is their second consecutive appearance in the big dance.
They learned of their selection into the tournament on Monday night, surrounded by their fans at the historic Walsh Gymnasium. The postseason only consists of the 64 top teams in the sport, in a field over 300 different Division 1 teams.
The Pirates finished the regular season with a record of 23-8 in the regular season and they went 12-6 in Big East conference play. Due to another strong season for the Pirates, they were tied for second in the conference, behind DePaul University. Throughout the year the Seton Hall Pirates appeared in national polls coming in as high as No. 20 in the nation. Notable wins of their season included victories over rival Rutgers University and DePaul.
For Seton Hall’s head coach, Tony Bozzella, this is his third tournament appearance. The team reached the NCAA postseason for the first time in 20 years last year, but lost in the first round to their Jersey rival, Rutgers. However, the school was placed in a different division to compete in the tournament. They look to have more success this year.
Tabatha Richardson Smith, the team’s senior leading scorer has the distinction of making the tournament with three different teams, playing as a redshirt senior. As a result, she has invaluable experience that can help the Pirates as they seek to win a game in the tournament.
Seton Hall (No. 8 seed) was selected to play in the Bridgeport Region of the NCAA Tournament and played Duquesne (No. 9 seed) on Saturday, March 19 at 1:30 p.m.
Unfortunately, the Pirates fell to the Duquesne Dukes 97-76. Duquesne will most likely face the powerhouse that is University of Connecticut. They are unbeaten and three-time defending champion winning in years 2013, 2014 and 2015. Even though Seton Hall is out of the running to win the National Championship, the Pirates should still be proud of their success this season. Making the NCAA tournament back to back years for a growing program is impressive in itself.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, March 22nd print edition.
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