Pirates defeat previously undefeated Georgia, 86-80

ST. THOMAS, USVIThe Seton Hall women’s basketball team rebounded from a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter to upset previously undefeated Georgia 86-80 in Saturday’s Paradise Jam final in St. Thomas.

Although Seton Hall, Georgia and VCU all finished the Paradise Jam with 2-1 records, the tournament title went to Georgia on a net point tiebreak. The Pirates lost to VCU by 1 and beat Georgia by 6 to finish at +5. Georgia lost to Seton Hall by six points but defeated VCU by 14 for +8.

Down 70-68, the Pirates went on a 9-0 run that gave them a lead they didn’t want to give up.

For a second night in a row, senior Lauren Park Lane (Wilmington, DE) was brilliant for The Hall. She was named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team and finished the game with 23 points and nine assists. Sydney Cooks (Kenosha, WI) had 18 points while both Sha’Lynn Hagans (Manassas, Virginia) and Mya Bembry (West Orange, New Jersey) both also achieved double-digit scores with 12 and 10 points respectively.

THE HISTORY:

The first quarter was a back-and-forth, with neither team gaining more than a four-point lead. Both teams shot 50.0% or better from the field and the score was 23 points after the first 10 minutes. in this second, Sha’Lynn Hagans (Manassas, Virginia) hit a three-pointer to give The Hall a 28-26 lead, but Georgia responded with a 7-0 run to secure a 33-28 lead at 5:46 before halftime.

Trailing 40-34, the Pirates ended the first half with a 9-0 run over the 2:45 final. Jala Jordan (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored the last five points of the half, including a three that put The Hall ahead.

Park-Lane pulled from a jumper to give The Hall a 49-48 lead, but Georgia responded with an 11-0 run to give a commanding 59-49 advantage with 3-54 in the third. The Hall hit back, methodically cutting into the Bulldogs’ lead. Four down at the start of game four, a layup by Bembry after a nice pass from Cooks gave The Hall a 68-67 lead with 7-11 remaining. After a Georgia three-pointer that temporarily turned the lead back in their favor, the Pirates went on a 9-0 run to take a 77-70 lead.

The Bulldogs came back immediately and made it a one-ball game until Hagans connected with a game-changing three-pointer corner kick to put The Hall 84-78 with just 35 seconds left.

THE PAYMENT:

  • Seton Hall was 33-to-56 (58.9%) from the floor for the game while Georgia was 30-to-59 (50.8%). The Hall was 10-20 (50.0%) from three-point range while the Bulldogs were 8-15 (53.3%).
  • Park-Lane finished the game with 23 points and nine assists, three rebounds and two steals. She was 5-for-9 from three-point range.
  • Georgia passed The Hall 35-21, including a 13-4 edge on the offensive glass and a 15-6 advantage on second chance points.
  • Cooks had 18 points and two assists.
  • Seton Hall was 10-to-14 (71.4%) from the free throw line while Georgia was 12-to-17 (70.6%).
  • Hagans had 12 points, including a pair of made threes.
  • Seton Hall forced 21 turnovers while Georgia forced 16. The Pirates had a 26-to-15 advantage in points-off turnovers.
  • Bembry finished with 10 points and three rebounds.
  • Junior Amari Wright (Jacksonville, Florida) had a strong game off the bench, especially defensively. She had six points, five assists, and a career-high six steals.

THE NOTES:

  • Seton Hall improves to 4-3 in the young season while Georgia suffers their first loss of the season and falls to 7-1.
  • Seton Hall is now 2-1 all-time against Georgia. Seton Hall is now 1-2 all time against Georgia.
  • Seton Hall improves to 4-0 this season if he leads at half-time.
  • With five three points made today, Park-Lane moved past former teammate Andra Espinoza-Hunter and former Pirate Terry Green to sixth on the career three-point list. She now has 133.
  • Park-Lane has played 39 minutes or more in five of the Pirates’ seven games so far this season.
  • Seton Hall set some season bests with today’s win. The Pirates had highs of 86 points, 33 field goals made, a .589 field goal percentage, and a .500 three-point percentage.

NEXT:

Seton Hall returns to action on Friday December 2nd when it opens the BIG EASWT game at the Xavier. Tip is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. The competition will be streamed live by the BIG EAST Digital Network and is available to FloHoops subscribers. You can also hear Chris Kiely and Jackson Shank providing the action at 89.5 FM WSOU.

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