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Seton Hall WBB extends winning streak to five games after defeating Rider

Seton Hall women's basketball rolled past Rider, 78-40, at the Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange to extend their winning streak to five games.

Seton Hall (6-3, 2-0 Big East) jumped out to a double-digit advantage in the first quarter. A stifling Pirates' defense created seven steals, resulting in the Broncs (3-6) committing ten turnovers. The Pirates held a decisive edge in points off turnovers 12-0.

By the time the first period ended, Seton Hall was up big at 25-5. The Pirates shot 50 percent from the field and were 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. They dominated points in the paint 16-4 and fast break points 6-0 while receiving terrific contributions from the bench with 13 points.

Seton Hall kept their foot on the gas pedal in the second quarter, widening their advantage with a 13-2 run that culminated in a 40-9 lead. Once halftime rolled around, the Pirates were in complete control at 44-11.

Both the Pirates starting lineup and bench were providing balanced scoring. At the charity stripe, Seton Hall shot a blistering 11-of-14, expanding their margin in points off turnovers to 24-2, the bench pouring in 23 points and raising the numbers in points in the paint to 26-8 while seizing second chance points 9-2.

Seton Hall dropped the hammer in the second half as they stretched their lead to as many as forty points. Several players off the bench received ample playing time in the rout.

The Pirates finished the game with impressive numbers, 35-7 in points off turnovers, 34 bench points, 44-18 in points in the paint, and pitched a shutout in fast break points 26-0.

Sha'Lynn Hagans poured in a game-high 16 points while Sidney Cooks tallied 12 points, Lauren Park-Lane chipped in with 11 points, and senior guard/forward Azana Baines added 10 points.

"I want the girls to enjoy this. They work hard and are really good kids to coach. They love playing with each other on the basketball floor," Seton Hall head coach Tony Bozzella described. "What's going to separate us from the other really good teams in our league is our bench. We have five or six other kids that could start."

What's Next For Seton Hall

Seton Hall hits the road for the next three games starting on Sunday, at the University of Central Florida, with tip-off set for 3 p.m. at the Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, Florida.