As has been typical during the losing streak, West Virginia, playing to the ability of their opponents, managed to muster only 29% shooting from the field and couldn't even begin to take control of the game's tempo.
Seton Hall played a very slow, deliberate game that relied on some hot shooting from the post and second chance points to sneak away with the victory. While the Pirates themselves managed only 40% shooting, forwards LaNedra Brown and Charlene Thomas combined for 10-16 shooting for 23 points, nearly half of the game total for the visitors.
West Virginia hung with Seton Hall for the entire game. The largest lead either team would see was a 28-20 Pirate advantage with about two minutes to go before the half. West Virginia opened the second half with an 8-2 run to close to 33-32, then ripped off five points to take a 38-35 lead.
The teams then traded baskets for a 40-37 WVU advantage, but a timely three-pointer by Melissa Langelier stopped any momentum swing that had happened, and the game returned to Seton Hall's pace. The Pirates would go on a 13-2 run at that point (including the three) to take a 50-42 lead with 1:49 to go in the game.
West Virginia didn't give up, closing in the final minute to within one at 51-50, then having a chance to win with 20 seconds to go when Charlene Thomas made only one of two free throws to take a 52-50 lead. West Virginia had a chance with six seconds left, but Yolanda Paige's drive wound up with a close miss off the glass. The subsequent foul and made free throws by Thomas sealed the win at 54-50.
West Virginia was led by Kate Bulger, who scored nine points in the first half and finished the game with 14 on 5-13 shooting. Bulger moved into sole possession of 17th on West Virginia's all time scoring list this evening with 1,085 points, surpassing the 1,071 scored by past-Phipps favorite Ilse Opstaele.
Latitia Williams made a good contribution off the bench for the Mountaineers, as she scored ten points on 3-6 shooting, 4-4 from the line (where she has struggled this season), filling in for a struggling Liz Holbrook. Michelle Carter recovered from an awful first half to score 12 points on 4-16 shooting and pull down 11 rebounds. Yolanda Paige had eight points and seven assists, Sherell Sowho had four, and Grace Carson had two.
Charlene Thomas from Seton Hall led all scorers with 15 points.
West Virginia returns to conference action on Saturday, hoping to get their first win of the season and first win overall against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.