WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEVER TRAILS IN 65-54 WIN OVER SACRED HEART
Monmouth Hawks (3-5, 0-2) – 65
Sacred Heart Pioneers (2-6, 0-0) - 54
FAIRFIELD, CT – Behind a career-high 22 points from senior Tyese Purvis, the Monmouth University women’s basketball team took the lead 1:20 into the game and never trailed in a 65-54 victory at Sacred Heart on Thursday night. Purvis shot 5-7 from beyond the arc on the night, adding four rebounds, three assists, and three steals to propel the Hawks to a 3-5 record on the season. Thursday was the first of three games in five days for Monmouth, which will host Fairleigh Dickinson at the OceanFirst Bank Center on Saturday at 3 PM.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“We’ve got three games in five days, so it was important for us to get off to a good start. Some of our shooters were able to get a little confidence going today and we shot the ball better than we have during the last three or four games, which is great to see.” – Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmateer
“I’ve been a little off the past couple of games so I was really excited to be on tonight. Tonight was definitely a confidence booster for our team. We worked on a lot of things during practice this week, so I’m glad we executed today.” – Senior guard Tyese Purvis
“Tyese is someone that always has the green light from us to shoot the ball. We all know she is capable of this type of a performance and it was great to see her feel so comfortable out there today. We’re really happy for her because she works so hard at it so it’s great to see all of her hard work pay off today.” – Palmateer on Purvis
-Monmouth scored 32 points off the bench compared to Sacred Heart’s 19.
-The Hawks built its largest lead at 20 with 2:15 left in the third quarter after a Kayla Shaw three. Shaw hit three triples within a 2:22 span to give Monmouth the 20-point advantage.
-Monmouth out-rebounded the Pioneers 44-31, including 14 offensive rebounds that turned into 13 second-chance points.
-Shaw, Nason, and Purvis all played 30 minutes in the win.
-Purvis’ career-high of 22 points came from 6-10 from the floor, including 5-7 from deep. The senior also shot 5-6 from the free throw line. Along with her career-high in points, Purvis also tied a career-high in steals with three.
-Freshman Kayla Shaw went into double-digits for the fourth time this season, scoring 15 points on five three-pointers. Shaw leads the team this season with 23 three-point field goals made in just eight games.
-Senior Christina Mitchell dropped 12 points on the night, shooting 5-7 from the floor. Her three-point play with 7:35 left in the fourth quarter gave Monmouth the 56-43 lead.
-Leading the team in rebounds coming into the contest, freshman Taylor Nason added 10 more on Thursday night, including four offensive boards. Nason is now averaging 7.8 rebounds per game in six games played.
Monmouth will welcome Fairleigh Dickinson to the OceanFirst Bank Center this Saturday, December 10. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 at 3:00 PM. Following Saturday’s matchup, the Hawks will travel to Eastern Michigan for a 7:00 PM tip on Monday, December 12.