WOMENíS BASKETBALL PREVIEW: HAWKS TO HOST QUINNIPIAC ON KIDíS DAY
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Quinnipiac Bobcats (15-3, 8-0 MAAC) at Monmouth Hawks (8-8, 3-4 MAAC)
After trailing by as many as 15 with 8:01 left in the third quarter, Monmouth outscored Canisius 16-6 in the fourth quarter to take the win on Sunday afternoon, 55-53. The Hawks did not have a player score in double-figures, but seven players scored at least five points in the victory. After turning the ball over 15 times in the first half, Monmouth had just two turnovers in the second half while forcing Canisius to turn it over 19 times. The Hawks evened up their record once again at 8-8, and are now 3-4 in the MAAC. The team looks ahead to an 11:30 AM Kid’s Day matchup with league-leading Quinnipiac on Thursday. Freshman guard Kayla Shaw comes into the game averaging 3.0 three-pointers made per game, which ranks first in the conference.
SCOUTING THE QUINNIPIAC BOBCATS
Quinnipiac’s seventh straight win came against Fairfield on Monday, which gave the Bobcats their 24th consecutive victory in MAAC regular season action and improved the 2016-17 record to to 15-3 on the season. Quinnipiac now has a two-game lead in the conference standings at 8-0 in MAAC play. The Bobcats feature a balanced attack that only has two players averaging in double-figures. Sophomore forward Jen Fay averages 10.3 points per game, while senior guard Adily Martucci scores 10.2 per contest. A total of seven players average at least 6.2 points per game. Aaryn McClure leads the team in rebounding (6.3), while Carly Fabbri leads the team in assists (2.8).
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. QUINNIPIAC
Quinnipiac leads the all-time series 22-16, with the first matchup coming during the 1998-99 season. The Bobcats had won seven straight against the Hawks before Monmouth earned a 63-60 win at home last season. In the MAAC Semifinals last season, fifth-seeded Monmouth was edged by top-seeded Quinnipiac, 66-59. The Hawks kept the game close throughout, including a 41-41 tie after three quarters and a one-point deficit midway through the fourth. The win marked 19 straight for Quinnipiac, who eventually fell to Iona in the championship game.