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WBB: Pirates Dominate Rutgers, Get Revenge

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On a night they honored their 2014-15 BIG EAST regular season championship, and NCAA tournament birth the Seton Hall University women’s basketball team dominated Rutgers 77-49 in a loud Walsh Gymnasium.

The Pirates were led by senior forwards Tiffany Jones and Tabatha Richardson-Smith, and senior guard Aleesha Powell. Jones led all players with 20 points going four-for-seven behind the arc for the Pirates. She also had a game-high 13 rebounds. Richardson-Smith contributed 16 points and nine boards, while Powell had 17 points and four assists to go with two steals.

“I was just trying to play my game,” Jones said. “I want to help this team get back to the NCAA tournament.”

Former Scarlet Knight Shakena Richardson was also in double figures with 11 points and eight assists.

“It felt good, it felt really good,” Richardson said.

The Pirates were dominant from the start scoring 23 in the first quarter. After being outscored 16 to nine in the second, the Pirates came out for the third ready ti go. They outscored Rutgers 45-21 in the second half, to cruise to a victory.

For the Pirates, the game was a statement and to head coach Tony Bozzella, it was a lot more. The win was the 50th for Bozzella in his third season; he is the fastest coach in Seton Hall history to reach the half-century mark.

The Pirates have now won two-straight against Rutgers in Walsh Gym as the two squads met in the first time during the regular season since 2012-13. They also met in the 2014 WNIT and 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Bozzella also improved to 21-0 over his last three season in non-conference play.

“I made a point to the team that we had to play our way, the Seton Hall way,” Bozzella said. “I was so proud of the girls and the way they executed perfectly tonight.”

Rutgers head coach Vivian Stringer was not happy with her teams performance in such a big game.

“We were weak, we folded,” she said. “They just bought it to us there’s nothing else to say. We looked like a dear in headlights.”
The Pirates face another tough test at Walsh Gym on Thursday night when No. 25 Princeton visits South Orange. Tip-off with the nationally-ranked Tigers is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on FS2.

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