Women's Basketball Previews - Seton Hall Pirates

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The BIG Picture

Replacing the most prominent name in Seton Hall women's basketball history is never easy, but when you can add one of the most prominent names in women's basketball history, it can help ease the transition. Following the departure of 25-year head coach Phyllis Mangina, Seton Hall named Anne Donovan head coach, just the third in program history. A native of Ridgewood, N.J., Donovan is an Olympic gold medalist and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member. Most recently she served as head coach of the WNBA's New York Liberty.

Who's Returning
Forward Kandice Green, one of two returning starters, will step into the spotlight as Seton Hall's marquee player this season. A year ago, she was second on the Pirates with 12.8 points per game to go along with a team-high 8.7 rebounds per game. Green also is an excellent free throw shooter. She set a school record with 130 made attempts in 2009-10. Seton Hall will rely heavily on Green's abilities on the inside once again. Forward Terry Green became a starter in the latter half of her debut season, finishing the year with averages of 6.2 points and 2.9 rebounds.

Who's Gone
With the departure of three players due to graduation, Seton Hall will welcome new leadership on the court as well. Guard Ashley Booker averaged 2.1 points and made 22 starts. Forwards Letitia Curry and Nicole Emery also will need to be replaced. Curry averaged 3.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last year starting in 17 games. Emery ranked third on the team in scoring averaging 9.5 points. She also grabbed 4.1 rebounds and started 28 games for the team.

Storylines
The Pirates will have seven new faces on the roster as the infusion of new blood extends from the coaching staff to the players. Seton Hall's five-member freshman class is ranked 24th in the country by HoopGurlz. New head coach Anne Donovan has found success at the highest levels of women's basketball, having led the Seattle Storm to the 2004 WNBA championship and the 2008 United States Olympic Team to a gold medal in Beijing, China. As a proven winner on the bench and one of the game's top players to ever take the court, Donovan has increased the excitement level at The Hall and has the program positioned for success.