WOMENíS BASKETBALL DOMINATES SAINT PETERíS SATURDAY, 76-59
Monmouth Hawks 7-7 (2-3 MAAC) – 76
Saint Peter’s Peacocks 3-12 (2-4 MAAC) – 59
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Led by Christina Mitchell’s first half double-double and Kayla Shaw’s career-high 21 points, the Monmouth University women’s basketball team ran past conference foe Saint Peter’s on Saturday afternoon, 76-59. Mitchell ended the game with 11 points and 18 rebounds, which was three short of her career-high. The Hawks outscored the Peacocks 28-8 in the second quarter and led by as many as 21 in the fourth quarter en route to their second conference win. After three conference home games in six days, Monmouth will be back on the road when they play Siena on Thursday night.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“Saint Peter’s tried to make that run but I think we really withstood that run. It was one of the first times that we have been able to do that, and we got it done on the defensive end which is something we hope to keep building on. It’s certainly something that we have to have moving forward.” – Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmateer
“Christina was huge tonight. She had a lot of responsibilities for us on the defensive end and she really executed that well. She changed a lot of Saint Peter’s looks and passing angles. She had 18 rebounds today which is just incredible.” – Palmateer on senior Christina Mitchell
“I’m happy whenever I can contribute to my team. This game we really pulled it together after a tough one against Fairfield. We came out here and gave it our all every single quarter.” – Senior Christina Mitchell
-Monmouth trailed 20-14 after the first quarter, but outscored Saint Peter’s 28-8 in the second to head into halftime with a 42-28 lead. Senior Tyese Purvis hit a buzzer-beating three from way behind the three-point line to give the Hawks a 14-point lead.
-Shaw and Mitchell were dominant in the first half for Monmouth, with Shaw hitting four triples for 12 points and Mitchell adding a double-double at 10 points and 11 rebounds.
-Monmouth led for 30:43, while Saint Peter’s led for just 5:31.
-Mitchell’s double-double was the 12th of her career.
-Shaw has now gone into double-digits nine times this season, tying Purvis for the team lead.
-A total of 13 Hawks saw action in the game, the most of any game this season.
-After making her debut on Thursday against Fairfield, freshman Adriana Zelaya grabbed the first two rebounds of her career in 12 minutes.
-The Hawks hit 13 three-pointers for the third time this season. The program record for three-point field goals made in a game was set last year against Eastern Michigan (14). Monmouth did that on just 31 attempts this afternoon, their least among those three games.
-Monmouth outrebounded Saint Peter’s 52-33, while registering more assists, steals, and blocks in the win.
-Shaw hit three triples in the first 5:49 after starting for the fourth time this year.
-Monmouth’s bench once again outscored the opponents bench (13th time in 14 games). The Hawks had 33 points from their bench while the Peacocks had just 18.
-Despite getting in foul trouble, McKinzee Barker registered nine points, three rebounds, and two assists in 18 minutes.
-Freshman Alaina Jarnot once again led the Hawks in assists, dishing out five in the win. Jarnot now has 24 in her last four games.
The Hawks will go on the road for the first time since December 12, when they travel to Albany, NY for a 5:00 PM matchup with Siena on Thursday. With a 2-3 standing, Monmouth will look to even its MAAC record.