SHAW’S HEROICS PROPEL WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TO OVERTIME WIN AT FAIRFIELD, 60-53
Monmouth Hawks (10-9, 5-5 MAAC) - 60
Fairfield Stags (9-11, 6-5 MAAC) - 53
FAIRFIELD, CT – Freshman Kayla Shaw’s three-pointer with less than a second remaining tied the game at 50, and the Monmouth University women’s basketball bested Fairfield in overtime to take the win on Thursday night, 60-53. Senior Tyese Purvis scored 22 points in the win, including five three-pointers and a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line. Fairfield built its largest lead of the night at 13 with 5:00 left in the third quarter, but Monmouth used a 12-0 run to close the quarter and trailed by just one heading into the fourth. Freshman Alexa Middleton pulled down a career-best 16 rebounds on the night, as the Hawks improve to 10-9 on the season and even their MAAC record at 5-5. The team will return home on Saturday afternoon for a 2:00 PM matchup with Siena. The game from the OceanFirst Bank Center will be broadcast on ESPN3.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“For us to get our first conference road win against a team like Fairfield is a great victory for us. I think it shows our team is maturing, especially since we didn’t shoot the ball well. To still be able to gut that one out and pull through in the end was huge.” - Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmateer
“Kayla Shaw is usually our go-to scorer, but hadn’t hit a shot all day. She buried the one that means the most.” –Palmateer on Shaw’s three-pointer to tie the game
“We had a couple of other unbelievable performances, including 16 rebounds from Alexa Middleton, which highlights our depth. Helena Kurt had a great second half for us, and everyone did something really well. It was a great team win for us.” - Palmateer
-Monmouth rolled out a starting lineup of Jarnot, Shaw, Barker, Nason, Mitchell for the sixth straight game.
-Fairfield took the lead in the second quarter, as Monmouth did not score for just under six minutes and the Stags rattled off an 8-0 run. The Hawks scored just four points in the second quarter and went into the locker room trailing 27-21.
-Fairfield built a 13-point lead with 5:00 left in the third quarter. Towards the end of the third quarter, the Hawks used a 12-0 run and held the Stags without a point in the last 5:00 of quarter. Heading into the final frame, Monmouth trailed Fairfield by just one at 37-36.
-The Hawks scored just two points in the first 7:12 of the fourth quarter, but a three from Purvis and a two from Kurt made it 45-43 with 2:29 remaining.
-Fairfield led by five with 18 seconds left, as Tyese Purvis was fouled on a three-pointer. The senior drained all three to make it 49-47. After Fairfield hit one free throw, the Hawks had the ball down three with 13 seconds left.
-Monmouth passed the ball around multiple times before Rosa Graham found Shaw in the corner, who buried the three to tie the game with under a second left.
-The Hawks dominated Fairfield in overtime, building their largest lead of the game at nine in the frame.
-Nason grabbed seven rebounds in the first quarter alone, but foul trouble throughout the game resulted in 10 total rebounds.
-The Hawks led Fairfield after one quarter, 17-13, led by Purvis’ eight points and Nason’s seven rebounds.
-Monmouth shot just 2-14 (14%) from three-point range in the first half after coming into the game making 9.2 per game, which ranked ninth in the country.
-After starting for the 19th time in 19 games this year, senior Christina Mitchell moved to 13th in program history for games played (112).
-Shaw has hit at least one three-pointer in 17 out of 19 games this season. She leads the MAAC with 55 made this season.
-Monmouth’s bench outscored the opponent’s bench for the 17th time in 19 games this season, taking the massive 43-8 advantage on Thursday.
-The Hawks won the game despite shooting 19-62 (30.6%) and 7-27 (25.9%) from deep.
-Monmouth had the immense 56-38 advantage in rebounds, including a 17-4 advantage on the offensive glass.
Monmouth will return home for the first time since the win over league-leading Quinnipiac, as it hosts Siena on Saturday at 2:00 PM. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.