WOMENíS BASKETBALL PREVIEW: HAWKS TO HOST SAINT PETERíS ON SATURDAY
Saint Peter’s Peacocks (3-11, 2-2 MAAC) at Monmouth Hawks (6-7, 1-3 MAAC)
Saturday, January 7, 2017 | 2:00 PM
OceanFirst Bank Center, West Long Branch, NJ
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Monmouth built a 22-8 lead after the first quarter and led by as many as 18, but a 63-46 Fairfield advantage during the last three quarters gave the Stags the win on Wednesday night, 71-68. The Hawks shot 9-16 from three point land in the first half, but hit just two triples in the second half and were unable to hold off the late Stags push. Freshman Kayla Shaw led Monmouth with 17 points on five three-pointers, and now has 38 triples in 13 games. Monmouth is 4-2 in their last six games, but dropped to 1-3 in the conference after Wednesday’s loss. The Hawks will have another quick turnaround and host their third straight conference game on Saturday, when they welcome St. Peter’s at 2:00 PM.
SCOUTING THE SAINT PETER’S PEACOCKS
Saint Peter’s comes into Saturday’s matchup with a 3-11 record, having lost their last two conference games. On January 2, the Peacocks fell to defending MAAC Champion and first-placed Quinnipiac, and were defeated three days later to Iona. Saint Peter’s started the season 0-6 and earned its first win at Marist on December 4. The Peacocks fell to Iona on Friday, 66-58. The team is led by three averaging in double-figures, with junior guard Talah Hughes adding 12.4 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game. Junior Sajanna Bethea is averaging 10.0 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Janelle Mullen scores 10.3 points per contest. Freshman forward Zoe Pero won MAAC Rookie of the Week honors after dropping 18 points (10-11 FT) in a win against Niagara. Pero added 14 points and seven rebounds in the loss against Iona.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. SAINT PETER’S
Monmouth and Saint Peter’s will be meeting for the 33rd time in the Division 1 ranks, with Monmouth leading 20-12. Last year, the Hawks beat the Peacocks 71-52 in the last game of the regular season. On senior day, three Monmouth played scored in double-figures, including Tyese Purvis with 11 points off the bench. The Hawks hold a 4-1 advantage in the last five matchups with Saint Peter’s.