Cohesion, Consistency, and Confidence – The Keys to a Quality Team

By Matt C.

The Seton Hall Pirates beat the Providence Friars on Saturday 77-52. Sidney Cooks had a breakout game with 29 points and 3 rebounds. Lauren Park-Lane also had a good game with 21 points and 8 assists. The Pirates seemed to be dominating the Friars ever since the first few minutes.

Rebounding leader Mya Bembry said, “Ever since the first couple minutes, we knew we would win.” The confidence radiated through the team.

The team looked like they wanted to win out there. Energy throughout the whole game was in abundance. Every player helped in some way. “We’re all really big competitors, everyone on this team.” Park-Lane is a senior guard who averages 19.8 PPG. She is the leader in points, three points made, and assists. She does this while being 5’3”, while the average height for NCAAW Division I is 5’6”. Lauren makes up for this with her speed and shooting. She drained 6 threes this game, on 50% efficiency. This makes up 85% of her points.

The anchor of the team, Sidney Cooks had a great game with a season high 29 points. At 6’4”, she is the tallest player on the team. She plays center but can shoot from mid-range and the three. But the area she stands out in is the post. The team  places a lot of importance on getting it to her in the post.

Fellow big Mya Bembry said this, “All of us put a huge emphasis on getting it down low to Sidney.” Cooks’ efficiency says it all, she made 60% of the shots she took, the highest on the team, and even made a three. Cooks had a great season last year as well. She was placed on the All-BIG EAST First Team, and the BIG EAST All-Academic Team.

Overall, the team is headed towards a successful season. This game is a great stepping stone for the rest of the season, and the NCAA tournament.

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Matt C.

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