As written by Sunil Sunder Raj for Women’s Sports Radio
On Thursday afternoon Seton Hall University Athletics conducted a press-conference via Zoom with Seton Hall Pirates women’s basketball senior guard/forward Desiree Elmore on scoring her 1,000th career point in last Saturday’s win over Providence at the Walsh Gymnasium. Elmore pouring in a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds. Posting her third double-double of the 2020-21 season and fourth overall.
Elmore has been dominant this season in Big East conference action as the only player to rank among the top 15 in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. Recently named the MBWA(Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association) Honorable Mention Division I Player of the Week averaging 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.3 blocks, and 2 steals per game. Overall, Elmore is averaging 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, and shooting almost 50 percent per game for the Pirates this season.
“Since I started playing basketball, my father always taught me not to be one-dimensional, being a basketball player instead of playing a certain position,” Desiree Elmore explained. “The more versatile you are, the better chances you have of being successful. I work hard, play better defense and try to do whatever my team needs.”
“Just hard work, ever since I was a child, I’ve always planned to play college basketball. I wasn’t sure I where I would be playing, but just to be able to say, I made it and was able to score 1,000 points, especially in a Covid season things like that you can’t take lightly. Some people can’t play, so I’m just thankful, and I’m hoping now to be able to do more in my time here.”
“I honestly enjoy just playing basketball; I don’t want to take anything for granted, just being able to step onto that floor and play the game of basketball. I’ll play defense, pass the ball, score the ball, rebound the ball, and whatever I have to do, I’ll do that.”
Initially attending Syracuse University from 2016 to 2018, Elmore tallied 55 points while playing for The Orange. In her first year playing for Seton Hall, Elmore averaged 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and shooting 51 percent from the field. Last season Elmore’s production increased to averaging 13 points, 7.2 rebounds, shooting 35 percent from the three-point range and 72 percent from the free-throw line.
Elmore is 41 points away from 1,000 career points in a Pirates uniform. She will become the 23rd player in Seton Hall player to register 1,000 points.
“After leaving Syracuse, I had to learn a new system coming into a new school,” Desiree Elmore described.” “It’s a second opportunity you don’t want to mess up and just trying to take full advantage of the opportunity.”
Desiree Elmore on the impact of Head Coach Tony Bozzella and support from family, “Coach B. has done a lot for me since I’ve been here, he’s willing to do, and he’s definitely a fighter you know as animated he is on the court. He’s like that every day; what you see is what you get, and I respect that. I appreciate his consistency with me, I can go to him for anything, and it’s honestly been a blessing having a coach that will do anything to make sure you’re happy and okay. So I know I can always talk to him even after I graduate, whether I’m playing professionally or working in corporate America.”
“I’ve been getting a lot of support back at home, especially this season dealing with a lot of personal issues and stuff. It’s great to see with everything going on, and everybody’s found something in common they can be happy about. Hopefully, we can keep winning and win a championship and be able to bring something back home.”