WOMEN’S BASKETBALL EXPLODES IN THIRD QUARTER TO DOWN MANHATTAN, 62-46
MAAC FIRST ROUND
Manhattan Jaspers (8-22) – 46
Monmouth Hawks (15-15) – 62
ALBANY, NY – Opening the third quarter with a 19-0 run and outscoring the Jaspers 24-8 in the frame, the Monmouth University women’s basketball team defeated Manhattan in the first round of the MAAC Championships on Thursday morning, 62-46. The Hawks advance to the conference quarterfinals and will take on second-seeded Rider Friday at 3:30 PM. After leading by just five at halftime, Monmouth broke the game open in the third quarter, leading by as many as 25 with 2:01 left in the frame. The balanced effort included all 13 Hawks seeing the floor, with 10 players scoring. McKinzee Barker led the way with 14 points while adding seven rebounds, while Kayla Shaw scored in double-figures for the 19th time this season with 11 points. Rosa Graham registered 10 points, including eight in the first half. Christina Mitchell secured 11 rebounds in the win, moving into second in program history for career rebounds with 811. Monmouth advances to the MAAC Quarterfinals for the fourth straight year since entering the league.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“We scored a lot of different ways today. We’re a three-point shooting team, but we made some adjustments and were able to get to the rim as well. We had 21 second-chance points today, which is huge. Those are extra possessions and we were able to take advantage. The beauty of our team is that I really do feel like we have so many people that can come in and make a huge impact. I think we’re hard to defend because of that. Hopefully that will be the aspect that helps us move forward.” - Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmateer
-The MAAC leader in three-point field goals this season, Kayla Shaw, gave Monmouth a first quarter spark. She drilled her 89th and 90th triples of the season to guide the Hawks to a 12-5 lead at the first quarter media timeout.
-The Hawks controlled the first quarter, but a Manhattan three-pointer at the buzzer made it 16-10 after the first frame.
-The Jaspers used a 7-0 run at the beginning of the second quarter to take a 17-16 lead, and the teams traded one-point leads until two straight Rosa Graham buckets put Monmouth up 24-19.
-Freshman Rosa Graham started to take advantage of a winded Manhattan defense, as she scored eight points to extend the Monmouth lead to 32-23 with 2:03 left in the half. Monmouth would eventually take a 32-27 lead into halftime.
-The Hawks stormed out of the locker room, going on a 10-0 run to open the third quarter and take the 15-point lead at 42-27. McKinzee Barker scored six points in the first 3:12.
-Monmouth did not let Manhattan score for the first 7:50 of the third quarter, but Tyese Purvis hit her second three immediately after to put the Hawks back on top by 25.
-In the final frame, Manhattan outscored Monmouth 11-6, but the Hawks were well ahead to take the 62-46 win.
-Monmouth registered 21 second-chance points while Manhattan had zero. The Jaspers pulled down just six offensive rebounds while the Hawks has 18.
-Mitchell continues to climb the Monmouth record books in her senior year. She now ranks second in program history with 811 career rebounds, third in games played with 123, and fourth in blocks with 149.
-The Hawks led for 38:48 of the contest, only trailing for 48 seconds in the first quarter.
-Both teams struggled from beyond the arc, as Manhattan went 3-18 (16.7%) and Monmouth went 5-22 (22.7%).
-Monmouth’s bench once again outscored the opponent’s bench (28th time in 30 games), taking the 28-8 advantage on Thursday.
-Monmouth held Manhattan without a point in the first 7:50 of the third quarter, building a 25-point lead in the process.
-The Hawks will play #2 Rider in the MAAC Quarterfinals tomorrow at 3:30 PM. The Broncs won both matchups between the teams this season. They took the late win in West Long Branch on February 2, 71-69 before also winning in Lawrenceville on February 21, 75-63.