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Top-10 Moments of 2013-14: #5 - Record Comeback

July 21, 2014

The 2013-14 year was a momentous one for Seton Hall Athletics as the Pirates made their mark in the first year of a revamped BIG EAST Conference.

From the hardwood to the field, the pitch to the pool or on the course, the was no shortage of memorable moments across all 14 varsity athletic programs as Seton Hall student-athletes continued to honor and further the university's proud athletic tradition.

Over the final two weeks of July, SHUPirates.com in conjunction with College Hunks Hauling Junk will reveal its countdown of the Top-10 moments from the year that was.

As we enter the top-five moments of the year, we recap the biggest basketball comeback of the year, fueled by the greatest single-game scoring effort the women's basketball team has ever seen; as Tabatha Richardson-Smithscored a single-game record 38 points to lead the Pirates to an overtime win over Marquette.

#5 - Record Comeback

Setting the Seton Hall women's basketball single-game scoring record would stand as a tremendous feat under any circumstances, and it takes just a quick glance at the numbers to understand how good Tabatha Richardson-Smith (Bay City, Texas) was in a 90-86 overtime win over Marquette on Feb. 22.

She scored 38 points, breaking the Pirates' single-game mark that had stood for more than 25 years, since Geraldine Saintilus dropped 36 against St. John's on Jan. 4, 1989. Richardson-Smith shot better than 50.0 percent from the field, draining 15 of her 27 shot attempts, and she connected five times from beyond the arc. Throw in eight rebounds, three steals and three assists in 44 minutes on the court and that is an all-time great performance.

But, given the nature of the game in which she broke the record, with Seton Hall trailing by 17 points in the second half, and Richardson-Smith draining clutch shot after clutch shot to force an extra period and eventually lead the Pirates to victory, the scoring binge is even more impressive.

Marquette led 39-32 at the half, and Richardson-Smith was off to a strong start, scoring half of SHU's points in the opening period while shooting 6-for-12 from the field. The Golden Eagles put their foot on the accelerator coming out of the break, quickly stretching the lead to double figures and leading by as many as 17 as the clock ticked below 12 minutes to play.

Back-to-back threes from sharp-shooting freshman Teresa Kucera (Schwabisch Hall, Germany) helped The Hall stay within striking distance, but the Marquette advantage remained 10, 79-69, with 2:29 to play.

Richardson-Smith started adding big time buckets to what proved to be an historic day. A trey at 2:11 made it a seven-point game, and she converted an and-one 90 seconds later to pull her team within three.

With just 10 seconds remaining, Seton Hall still trailed by three points, but that is when Richardson-Smith buried the biggest shot of the season. With time winding down she took a handoff from Ka-Deidre Simmons (Newark, N.J.) on the left wing. After a pump fake, she dribbled around a defender before launching a shot from well beyond the three-point arc. It was good, and The Hall's improbable comeback was complete. SHU controlled the overtime period, picking up a 90-86 win.

Richardson-Smith added four more points in overtime, bringing her final tally to 38. Her 15 made field goals also represented a new school record, breaking Saintilus'14 makes against Syracuse on Feb. 6, 1988.

It was one of six times Richardson-Smith hit five 3-pointers in a game this season, en route to a single-season record 84 overall. She finished the year ranked third in the BIG EAST in scoring at 17.1 ppg, with her 582 points representing the third most in a season in program history.


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