WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OVERPOWERS MARIST MONDAY, 79-69
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Outscoring Marist 25-12 in the second quarter and paced by four players in double-figures, the Monmouth University women’s basketball team defeated the Red Foxes on Monday afternoon, 79-69. Sophomore McKinzee Barker scored a career-high 16 points in the win, shooting 6-9 from the floor (3-4 3FG). Monmouth evens its record to 6-6 on the season and earns its first conference win of the season. Freshman Alaina Jarnot notched career-highs in both points (14) and assists (7) on the afternoon. The Hawks will remain at the OceanFirst Bank Center for a quick turnaround, as they continue MAAC play and host Fairfield at 7:00 PM on ESPN3.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“I think we were really patient with our offense in the second half. We took care of the ball a whole lot better. It’s huge to start off this stretch of conference game with a win. Any time you play a conference game, you have to try to really protect your home court, so I was really happy we were able to do that. Marist is a good test for us because it’s a team that is never going to quit.” – Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmateer
“We had a defensive mindset coming out, and we did what we needed to do which transitioned into our offense. This one was important because we lost our first two conference games. Marist is a very good team so we were really excited to protect our home court.” – Sophomore guard McKinzee Barker
-Monmouth fell behind 19-15 after the first quarter, but stormed back in the second quarter as it outscored Marist 25-12 in the frame and took a 40-31 lead into halftime.
-Dana Carbone hit a three-pointer with five seconds remaining in the first half, giving the Hawks the nine point lead at the break.
-Marist’s Rebekah Hand, a five-time MAAC Rookie of the Week, scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the game but fouled out with 7:46 left in the fourth quarter.
-The Hawks had their best shooting day of the season, going 29-65 from the field (44.6%). Coming into the game, the team was shooting 36% from the field.
-Monmouth’s bench outscored the opponent for the 11th time in 12 games this season.
-Monmouth has now won four out of its last five games, with wins coming against Sacred Heart, Fairleigh Dickinson, Eastern Michigan, and Marist.
-Four Hawks scored in double-figures for the third time this season. The previous time was at Eastern Michigan, when Tyese Purvis, Rosa Graham, Kayla Shaw, and Alexa Middleton scored ten or more points.
-Barker’s career-high of 16 bested her previous 14 points, which came on November 22 of last year when the Hawks beat Colgate in overtime.
-Jarnot’s career-highs of 14 points and seven assists included 5-6 from the free throw line. The freshman added three rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes.
-Tyese Purvis scored all 11 of her points in the third quarter, helping Monmouth sustain its lead.
-Taylor Nason scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds in the win, going 4-6 from the floor. The freshman scored on a layup with 50 seconds remaining to match Monmouth’s largest lead at 15.
-Freshman Alexa Middleton scored six points and secured eight rebounds in 18 minutes.
-Senior Christina Mitchell added eight points and seven rebounds on the afternoon, including four rebounds on the offensive glass.
-Freshman Kayla Shaw hit another three triples for nine total points. Shaw is tied for the team lead with 33 three-pointers this season.
-The Hawks will host Fairfield on Wednesday for their second of three conference games in six days. Tip from the OceanFirst Bank Center is scheduled for 7:00 PM on ESPN3.