WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEVER TRAILS IN WIN OVER MANHATTAN FRIDAY, 63-50
Monmouth Hawks (13-15, 8-11 MAAC) – 63
Manhattan Jaspers (8-20, 4-15 MAAC) - 50
RIVERDALE, NY – On a night where freshman Kayla Shaw broke the single-season program record for three-pointers made in a season, the Monmouth University basketball team dominated Manhattan and never trailed in a 63-50 win. With 51 seconds remaining in the first half, Shaw buried her historic 81st triple of the season, and led the Hawks by the end of the night with 18 points on 5-8 shooting beyond the arc. Monmouth improves to 13-15 (8-11) on the season, and will host Niagara on Senior Day this Sunday in the last game of the regular season. With a Canisius loss at Quinnipiac tomorrow and a Monmouth win on Sunday, the Hawks will secure the seven seed in the MAAC Championships, set to begin on Thursday, March 2.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“It was a great team win tonight. We just played them so we felt like we were able to get this one on the road. I thought our team played very well on the defensive end today and kept our heads. Not everything went well, but we kept a positive attitude and had a great energy about us, which helped us come out with the win.” - Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmateer
-Shaw drained her 80th three-pointer of the season to start the game, tying the single-season program record and giving Monmouth the 3-0 lead.
-The Hawks held Manhattan to 2-17 (12%) shooting in the first quarter, helping them double up the Jaspers 14-7 after the first frame.
-Monmouth led by as many as 13 with 5:11 left in the second quarter, and went into halftime with an 11-point lead at 30-19.
-With 51 seconds remaining in the first half, Shaw buried her second three-pointer of the game to give her 81 on the season, breaking the single-season program record that has been held by Beth DiRenzo since 1990-91 (80).
-The Hawks kept pushing in the third quarter, building an 18-point lead with 6:29 left in the quarter from a Jarnot free throw. A Middleton layup shortly thereafter gave the Hawks a 20-point lead at 40-20. By the end of the third quarter, MU led by 19 at 53-34.
-Although Manhattan outscored the Hawks 16-10 in the fourth quarter, Monmouth pulled out the 13-point win to improve its record to 13-15 on the season.
-Not only did Shaw break the program record for three-pointers made in a single-season, but the freshman also moved into 12th in program history for threes made in a career and now has 84.
-Monmouth continues to build upon its program record for three-pointers made in a season by a team. Hitting nine more triples on Friday, the Hawks have 250 on the season.
-Alaina Jarnot grabbed a career-high five rebounds in the win, also adding eight points and four assists.
-In the first meeting between the teams this season eight days ago, Monmouth faced the highest shooting percentage from an opponent this season, as the Jaspers went 30-51 (58.8%) from the field and 8-15 (53.3%) from long range. Tonight, Manhattan shot just 17-60 (28.3%) from the field and 5-24 (20.8%) from long range.
-Christina Mitchell grabbed 10 rebounds on the night, and registered her seventh game this season with double-digit rebounds.
-Alexa Middleton scored in double-figures for the fourth time this season and barely missed her third double-double, ending the night with 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Hawks will return home for the final regular season game of 2016-17, as they host MAAC opponent Niagara on Sunday for Senior Day. Tip from the OceanFirst Bank Center is scheduled for 2:00 PM, and the contest will be broadcast on ESPN3.