Thursday, January 21, 2010

Guest Contributor Ray Floriani: At DePaul vs Seton Hall Women's Basketball

by Ray Floriani

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - In the final minutes the game was available for the taking. Seton Hall came up short and dropped a 73-69 decision to DePaul in a Big east Women’s contest at Walsh Gymnasium.

In a 70 possession game, the Efficiency and Factors:


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Turnovers, a ongoing problem for the Hall (they entered the game with a 31% TO rate in Big East play), reared its ugly head. Hall committed 16 turnovers resulting in the 24% rate on the evening.

A better showing. Entering the game Seton Hall was 0-5 in Big east play. All except a 14 point loss to Providence were twenty or more point games. The pre-game efficiency numbers tell the tale:


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Rebounding probably was the story of the night. Kandice Green led the Hall with 23 points. Coach Phyllis Mangina credited Green’s offense but was upset the 6-1 sophomore forward managed only three rebounds. Especially since DePaul owned a 17-11 edge on the offensive glass.

‘Second shots always go in’. This quote was often echoed in practice by coach Larry Weise during my basketball manager days at St.Bonaventure. Actually second shots do not always go in but the point is well taken. Second shots are usually closer range than the first and can often lead to drawing fouls by the defense. DePaul’s edge in OREB percentage and FT Rate was no coincidence.

Not often you can see a player and be impressed after watching them just two minutes. That was the case with Sam Quigley. DePaul’s junior point guard is a take charge player who sees the floor, finds teammates and can drill a perimeter shot. Quigley led all scorers with 25 points. She handed out 6 assists but had to be a scorer in the stretch when the DePaul offense needed it most. The stat sheet credits her with 40 minutes but she actually got about a 30 second rest before coach Doug Bruno had her back on the floor.

Give the Hall credit. Down five at the half, Seton Hall came out and was hit by a 12-0 DePaul run. Rather than fold and fear another one sided loss coming, the Pirates came back and rallied behind Green and guard Ebonie Williams (19 points). Pirates took a late one point lead before DePaul answered and finished it in the waning moments.

Hall dropped to 8-11, 0-6 in conference. DePaul is now 13-6 with a 2-3 conference ledger. Blue Demons had two heartbreakers, a three point loss at Rutgers and an overtime setback at West Virginia.

“I expect us to win some games. We shot 53% the second half. We are starting to score now we have to rebound. When we put it together we will be much better.” - Seton Hall coach Phyllis Mangina

“We couldn’t look past Seton Hall. We came in 1-3 not exactly a glowing record. We have a lot of young players and are in a constantly learning stage.” - DePaul coach Doug Bruno

DePaul squad at center court

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