WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: HAWKS TO FACE SACRED HEART THURSDAY NIGHT
Monmouth Hawks (2-5, 0-2 MAAC) at Sacred Heart Pioneers (2-5, 0-0 NEC)
After a tough conference road swing, which saw Monmouth fall to Niagara by a score of 66-45 and Canisius 74-54, the Hawks will travel to Fairfield, CT for a 6:00 PM matchup with former NEC opponent Sacred Heart. The team trailed early and shot just 27.0% from the field in the conference opener Friday night at Niagara, and shot just 22-73 (30.1%) including 4-26 (15.4%) from deep in the loss at Canisius on Sunday. Senior Christina Mitchell was the only Hawk to go in double-figures on Friday, while freshman Taylor Nason recorded 11 points and nine rebounds at Canisius on Sunday. Monmouth looks to get back on track Thursday at Sacred Heart, a team that holds an 18-11 all-time series advantage.
SCOUTING THE SACRED HEART PIONEERS
Sacred Heart holds an identical record with Monmouth at 2-5, currently suffering a three-game losing streak. After opening the season with a 56-44 win against MAAC opponent Fairfield, the Pioneers dropped two games to Brown and Lehigh. Their 68-62 loss at Lehigh came a week before Monmouth defeated the Mountain Hawks 73-62. The team earned a 77-69 win over Binghamton on November 23, but has lost their last three games at Buffalo, at home against Harvard, and at Hartford. Sacred Heart is led by senior guard/forward Hannah Kimmel, who is averaging 16.3 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game through the first seven contests. Senior guard Adaysha Williams is contributing 11.9 points per game, including a 22-point output in the win at Binghamton.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. SACRED HEART
Monmouth and Sacred Heart will be meeting for the 30th on Thursday, as the Pioneers have the 18-11 all-time advantage over the Hawks. The teams have not met since January 26, 2013 when Sacred Heart won 56-42 behind 43 combined points from Gabriell Washington and Kiley Evans. A year earlier (2011-12), the top-seeded Pioneers defeated Monmouth in the NEC Championship game by a score of 58-48.
Monmouth will return home to the OceanFirst Bank Center on Saturday, as it plays host to Farleigh Dickinson at 3:00 PM. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and will be the first game of a Monmouth Basketball double-header, with the men’s team playing at 7:00 PM.