In a season like no other, the women’s basketball team at Seton Hall University remains focused on taking things one day at a time. The Pirates are off to a winning start and they won’t let game postponements distract them from their goal of having a great season.
It’s been a breakout season for sophomore guard Lauren Park-Lane, who was named to the Big East women’s basketball weekly honor roll after scoring a game-high 27 points in a game against Villanova. She is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 19.3 points per game, seeing the results of tenacious hard work over the summer.
“I’m trying to get better every day,” said Park-Lane, who grew up in Delaware. “After last season was cut short, my dad’s job was relocated, so me and my family moved to Fort Worth, Texas. I got to work out with the best trainers I’ve ever had. I was in the gym with top players. Being in the gym with them showed me what it takes to make it.”
The move seemed daunting, but she said her father knew it would take Park-Lane out of her comfort zone and she would flourish. She admits he was absolutely right.
On the smaller side for basketball, Park-Lane grew up admiring players like Trae Young and Allen Iverson. Over the summer, she watched a lot of Young’s highlights, especially shooting the three.
“Last year, I really struggled to shoot, so shooting was one of the biggest things I tried to fix in my game,” said Park-Lane. “Also, Allen Iverson highlights. He had a quick first step, like I do. He was one of the smallest guys on the court, but you couldn’t tell because of the way he played and impacted the game.”
Park-Lane is happy she chose Seton Hall. When she came on her visit, she appreciated the team’s closeness and vibe. She liked that it was a bit away from Delaware, but not too far.
She enjoys playing for coach Anthony Bozzella and appreciates the confidence he has shown in her. Also, they share an enthusiasm and love for the sport of basketball.
“You can feel his love of basketball when he’s coaching you,” said Park-Lane. “He’s trying to help you. He lets me play my game. I can’t ask for anything else. He’s very positive.”
This weekend, Seton Hall is scheduled for a home game against Xavier University.