WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OUTLASTED BY IONA SUNDAY, 60-54
Monmouth Hawks (9-8, 4-4 MAAC) - 54
Iona Gaels (10-8, 5-4 MAAC) - 60
NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Trailing by just one with 1:36 remaining, the Monmouth University women’s basketball team was unable to score again while Iona sunk five free throws to defeat the Hawks on Sunday afternoon, 60-54. Two days after scoring a career-high 26 points, MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Marina Lizarazu scored 24 to lead Iona. Freshman Taylor Nason recorded 12 points, seven rebounds, and four steals in the loss for Monmouth, which falls to 9-9 (4-5 MAAC) on the season. The Hawks will face MAAC opponent Fairfield on Thursday. Tip from Fairfield, CT is scheduled for 7:00 PM.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“We started a little flat today and didn’t come out with our A-game, so we were battling back for the entire first half. We had better energy in the third quarter, but just couldn’t get over the hump. When we had chances to do that, we didn’t have the ball go the way we needed to. We missed a few layups and gave up a couple of easy buckets, and all of a sudden the lead was back to three or four. We’re still a young team and we’re learning how to play on the road.” - Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmateer
-Monmouth scored the first basket 2:34 into the game on a Kayla Shaw three. The Hawks led for the next 5:14 of the first quarter, but did not lead for the rest of the game.
-Alaina Jarnot and Kayla Quintana combined for 11 points in the second quarter, and the half was ended after Nason stole an Iona pass and sprinted down the other end for a layup. After Iona had led by as many as 14 in the second quarter, Monmouth went into halftime trailing by just five.
-The Hawks only outscored the Gaels for one quarter, but the 14-13 advantage in the third quarter meant Monmouth only trailed by four heading into the final frame. For the second time in the game, the Hawks used a steal and layup at the end of the quarter, this time from freshman Rosa Graham.
-Kayla Shaw’s second three-pointer of the afternoon made it a one-point game with 1:36 remaining, but Iona would hit five free throws in the last 37 seconds to seal the victory.
-Quintana nearly tied the game at 56 with 28 seconds left, but the ball rolled around the rim and the rebound was eventually grabbed by the Gaels.
-Nason’s 12 points are a career-high through 16 games played, and she has now scored in double-figures for three times this season. It was her first time in double-figures since her 10-point output against Marist on January 2.
-For the fifth straight game, Monmouth rolled out a starting lineup of Janot, Shaw, Barker, Nason, and Mitchell.
-Shaw and Jarnot each added eight points on two three-pointers. Shaw also grabbed four rebounds while Jarnot dished three assists.
-The Hawks’ bench outscored Iona’s bench, 24-2, making it 16th time in 18 games Monmouth has recorded more bench points this season.
-Iona shot 21-53 (39.6%) from the floor, and held Monmouth to 21-62 (33.9%) shooting.
-The Gaels went 16-21 from the free throw line in the win, while Monmouth was just 6-13.
-Monmouth had less turnovers than Iona, but the Hawks racked up 23 fouls on the afternoon to Iona’s 14.
-Sophomore Erica Balman played a season-high 12 minutes in the loss, recording two points and five rebounds.
Monmouth will look to even its MAAC record once again when it travels to Fairfield, CT for a 7:00 PM matchup with Fairfield on Thursday. The Stags lead the all-time series between the teams 8-4.