SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Seton Hall women's basketball team will take to the North this summer, embarking on a week-long foreign tour to Canada for a four-game exhibition slate. The Pirates will visit Montreal and Ottawa from August 6-14 to take on four top Canadian universities.
"With the youth we have coming in for our 2016-17 season, this is the perfect opportunity for us to take advantage of a foreign tour," said fourth-year head coach Anthony Bozzella. "We are looking forward to experiencing the culture in Canada while also getting a chance to compete with high-level opposition and are extremely thankful for our administration allowing us to take such a trip."
The Pirates, coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, welcome in eight newcomers including seven freshmen to the 2016-17 squad. All seven freshmen are expected to be eligible to participate in the exhibition contests in Canada. The trip will also mark the first official competition for redshirt-junior JaQuan Jackson (Killeen, Texas), who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.
The Pirates kick off competition in Montreal on Aug. 9 at McGill University. The Martlets are coming off a 25-9 season and their fifth-straight Quebec conference championship. McGill reached the bronze game of the CIS Championship.
The Hall will next face Laval University on Aug. 10 in a contest hosted by McGill in Montreal. The Rouge Et Or advanced to the RSEQ Final in 2015-16 before falling to McGill. Laval went 19-9 during the regular season.
After a cross-province trip from Quebec to Ontario, the Pirates will arrive in Ottawa on Aug. 11 before taking on Ottawa University on Aug. 12. The Gee-Gees advanced to the CIS Final 8 Championship in 2016. Finally, the Pirates will visit Carleton Univeristy on Aug. 13 to take on a Ravens squad that went 16-3 a season ago.
The 2016-17 Pirates will be captained by Kaity Healy (Colts Neck, N.Y.) and LaTecia Smith (Gardenia, Calif.) and return six letterwinners to accompany the eight talented newcomers. Lubirdia Gordon (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) is the lone returning starter and The Hall's top returning scorer (5.8 ppg) and rebounder (6.8 rpg) after finishing top-six in the BIG EAST in blocked shots (2.3 bpg) and rebounds a season ago.
The Pirate Sports Network will have full coverage of the Canadian trip. To see the 2016-17 roster, click HERE.