WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: HAWKS SEEK THIRD STRAIGHT WIN AT IONA SUNDAY
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Monmouth Hawks (9-8, 4-4 MAAC) AT Iona Gaels (10-8, 5-4 MAAC)
Freshman Rosa Graham hit six free throws in the last 1:15 to help Monmouth stun league-leading Quinnipiac on Thursday morning, 61-58. The win snapped Quinnipiac’s 8-0 MAAC record and seven-game winning streak, and marked the first meeting between the teams since the Bobcats defeated the Hawks in the MAAC Semifinals last season. Freshman Kayla Shaw added 20 points on four three-pointers in the win, which was one shy of her career-high 21 points. Shaw leads the MAAC in three-pointers made at 52 and threes made per game (3.1), and has scored in double-figures 11 times this season. The Hawks improved to 9-8 on the season and 4-4 in the conference, and will look for their third straight win at Iona on Sunday.
SCOUTING THE IONA GAELS
Iona improved to 10-8 (5-4 MAAC) with a convincing 76-62 win over Manhattan on Friday. MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Marina Lizarazu scored a career-high 26 points (10-17 FG) while adding six assists and four rebounds. The reigning MAAC Women’s Basketball Champions are led by sophomore Alexis Lewis’ 17.7 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. Lizarazu is adding 13.2 points per game and leads the team with over four assists on the season. Four Gaels are averaging over 30 minutes played per game, including Lewis, Lizarazu, senior forward Karynda Dupree and sophomore forward Treyanna Clay.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. IONA
Monmouth and Iona will meet for the 14th time on Sunday, with the Gaels leading the all-time series, 8-5. The teams first met during the 1988-89 season and have played six times in the last three years since Monmouth joined the MAAC. Iona defeated Monmouth last season en route to its conference championship and have won three out of the last four meetings, with the Hawks’ lone win coming in double-overtime on December 7, 2014. A sophomore at the time, Christina Mitchell recorded a double-double off the bench with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Helena Kurt added 11 points, five assists, and four rebounds in the win.