WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: HAWKS HOST NIAGARA ON SENIOR DAY TO WRAP REGULAR SEASON
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Niagara Purple Eagles (8-20, 5-14 MAAC) at Monmouth Hawks (13-15, 8-11 MAAC)
On a night where freshman Kayla Shaw broke the single-season program record for three-pointers made in a season, Monmouth dominated Manhattan and never trailed in a 63-50 win on Friday. 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 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. The Hawks improved to 13-15 (8-11) on the season while snapping a three-game losing skid, and will host Niagara on Senior Day today in the last game of the regular season. With Canisius’ loss to Quinnipiac on Saturday, Monmouth will enter the MAAC Championships as the seventh seed, playing at 11:30 AM on March 2.
SCOUTING THE NIAGARA PURPLE EAGLES
Niagara fell to 8-20 (5-14 MAAC) on the season after its loss to Rider on Friday night, 62-41. Junior forward Victoria Rampado led the Purple Eagles with 12 points and six rebounds. In Niagara’s win over Monmouth on December 2, Rampado registered a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. She leads the team with 16.5 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game. Rampado ranks third in the MAAC in scoring and third in rebounding. Junior forward Kaylee Stroemple is adding 12.8 points per contest and 6.0 rebounds per game.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. NIAGARA
Monmouth and Niagara will meet for the ninth time on Sunday, with the all-time series knotted at 4-4. In the first game this season in Niagara University, NY on December 4, the Hawks shot just 27.0% from the field in their conference opener, falling to Niagara 66-45. The Purple Eagles went 13-15 from the free throw line in the win. Senior Christina Mitchell notched her first double-figures game of the season, scoring 10 points on 5-9 from the floor.