Pirates survive Toledo in overtime thriller, 68-63

CANCUN, MEXICO – Junior Lauren Park-Lane (Wilmington, Delaware) recorded highs of 19 points and nine assists and Andra Espinoza-Hunter (Ossin, NY) added 18 points as the Seton Hall women’s basketball team beat Toledo, 68-63, in overtime in their Cancun Challenge final on Friday.

After Espinoza-Hunter hit a pair of free throws late in regulation to send the game into overtime, the Pirates were never left behind in the extra session. Park-Lane scored five of the Pirates’ 11 points in overtime, and Espinoza-Hunter scored a whopping three to solidify The Hall’s lead late in the game.

Park-Lane finished with 19 points left with nine assists and four rebounds. Espinoza-Hunter added 18 points on the strength of four three-pointers. She also had five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Mya jackson (Wilmington, Ohio) was a third pirate to hit double digits in the scoring. She had 12 points and three rebounds.

Injury-exhausted Pirates also had better career performance in juniors Kailah harris (Ossin, NY). the 6-foot-1 forward recorded career highs of six points and eight rebounds in a career-best 24 minutes off the bench.

The story:

The first quarter was tied with the Pirates taking a slim 12-11 advantage in the second quarter. With the score tied at 15, Espinoza-Hunter drained a three-point shot and a jumper by Kailah harris (Ossin, NY) on the next possession gave The Hall a 20-15 lead with 7:15 to go before half-time. After Toledo moved closer at 29-28, The Hall finished the half with the last five points, and a Park-Lane layup just 43 seconds before the break sent them into the locker room with an advantage. from 34-28.

A Jackson layup gave Hall a 39-34 lead, but Toledo responded with six in a row to take a slim 40-39 lead with 6:00 left in the third quarter. With less than a minute to go in the quarterback, Jackson punched a three-point shot and Park-Lane followed with a driving layup to give The Hall a 50-47 lead at the end of the three quarters. .

Two points behind with just over a minute left in regulation, Espinoza-Hunter calmly managed two free throws to tie the game and sent the game into overtime. The Pirates never dragged into the extra session as Park-Lane hit an acrobatic layup to give The Hall the lead, and two minutes later Espinoza-Hunter drained a three-run to give the Pirates a lead. of 63-59 with 2:42 remaining. With 34 seconds left, Jackson hit a jumper to put Hall 67-61, and they held on for a five-point win.

Inside the numbers:

  • Seton Hall was 24 for 63 (38.1%) off the ground for the game, while Toledo was 26 for 73 (35.6%). The Hall was 10 for 30 (33.3%) on a three-point range, while the Rockets were 4 for 24 (16.7%).
  • Park-Lane recorded a high of 19 points and nine assists. She also caught four rebounds in 45 minutes of play.
  • Toledo topped The Hall, 46 to 41, which included a 15-to-8 advantage on offensive boards and a 14-to-7 advantage in second chance points.
  • Espinoza-Hunter finished with 18 points on the strength of four three-pointers and had five rebounds with three assists and two steals.
  • Seton Hall was 10 for 11 (90.9%) on the free throw line, while Toledo was 7 for 10 (70.0%).
  • Jackson had 12 points and three rebounds.
  • Seton Hall forced 13 turnovers, while Toledo forced 14.
  • Harris has reached career highs of six points, eight rebounds and 24 minutes of play off the bench.

News and Notes:

  • Seton Hall drops to 3-2 in the young season, while Toledo drops to 3-2.
  • The Pirates are now 1-1 against the Rockets and are avenging a loss to them at WNIT 2019.
  • With two three-pointers today, Jackson overtook former pirate Tahnee Heins in 11e place on the Pirates’ career list.
  • Park-Lane has now scored in double digits in 13 straight games dating back to last year. Espinoza-Hunter has done it in 12 straight games.
  • With seven rebounds today, Katie armstrong (Collegeville, Pennsylvania) reached the 500 mark for his career.
  • With four rebounds today, Bembry hit the 200 mark for his career.
  • Park-Lane has now recorded at least seven assists in three straight games.


Seton Hall will be back in action on Wednesday, December 1 when it welcomes local rival Iona to the newly renovated historic Walsh Gymnasium. Game time is scheduled for noon. The contest will again be available to subscribers on FloSports.

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