– Tyese Purvis
(Queens, NY/Francis Lewis [Monroe C.C.]) scored a season-high 21 points, including five three-point field goals, as the Monmouth University women’s basketball team defeated Canisius, 81-71, to sweep the MAAC’s Western New York road trip Sunday afternoon at Koessler Athletic Center. With the win, the Hawks have now won five of their last seven games, including four of their last five to improve to 11-16 (9-9 MAAC). The Griffs, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped, dip to 12-15 (7-11 MAAC).
Purvis also had a team-high three steals for the Hawks. Sarah Olson
(Freehold, NJ/Howell [NJIT]) added 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while Jasmine McCall
(Manalapan, NJ/Manalapan [Seton Hall]) chipped in with 14 points. Christina Mitchell
(Baltimore, MD/MATHS) rounded out four Hawks in double figures with 12 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds. Jasmine Walker
(North Brunswick, NJ/North Brunswick) contributed seven points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Jamiyah Bethune
(Union, NJ/Union [Penn State]) had four points, six rebounds and four assists.
Maria Welch led Canisius with a game-high 23 points to go along with six rebounds, while Crystal Porter added 13 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Sara Hinriksdottir (11) and Margret Halfdanardottir (10) also scored in double figures for the Griffs.
“I’m really proud of our team today,” said Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer
. “It’s a tough turnaround to play a second game in three days. With Canisius, you have to bring everything you have. You have to bring high energy. They’re going to come with guns blazing and I thought we did a really good job, energy-wise. Another great team effort. Everybody contributed and we needed every bit of it.”
After Canisius took a 5-4 lead in the early going, Monmouth went on a 13-0 run, including the first 11 points in a span of just 1:07, and never trailed again. Purvis hit a pair of threes and a fast-break lay-up in the last 45 seconds of the initial 11-0 run. After the lead extended to 20-8 on a McCall three, Canisius cut the lead back down to single digits on a Welch three. But McCall scored the last five points of the period, including a three and a baseline jumper at the buzzer as MU pushed its lead to 25-11 after one.
The Monmouth lead extended to 18, 29-11, as Mitchell hit consecutive jumpers to open the second quarter. But the Griffs gradually whittled the Hawks’ lead down to single digits, 36-27, on a Porter free throw at the 1:36 mark. McCall got a runner to fall before Welch hit 1-of-2 free throws after drawing McCall’s third personal foul with 21 seconds left in the half. Monmouth went to the locker room with a 38-28 lead at the break.
McCall led the Hawks with 10 points in the first half, while Mitchell added nine. Purvis also scored eight points, while Bethune chipped in with two points, five rebounds and four assists. Welch led Canisius with 12 points, while Porter added five points, five rebounds and four assists. Monmouth outshot Canisius, 44.4 percent (16-36) to 28.6 percent (8-28) from the floor. However, the Hawks didn’t attempt a free throw, while the Griffs attempted 13 from the charity stripe, making eight.
Olson scored the first five points of the third quarter and the Hawks outscored Canisius, 13-3, over the first five minutes of the period to push to their largest lead of the game, 20 points at 51-31. Canisius responded with a 17-2 run to cut the Hawks’ lead to five with 1:18 left in the third. A tough McCall jumper in the lane with 20 seconds left in the quarter made it 57-50 Monmouth after three.
After Canisius cut the deficit back to five with a Porter bucket to begin the fourth and again had it down to six on a Welch field goal at the 6:07 mark, Purvis hit a three and Olson scored five-straight for Monmouth as the Hawks retook an 11-point lead, 73-62, by the four-minute mark. The Griffs cut the Hawks’ lead to nine on two occasions but could draw no closer the rest of the way.
For the game, Monmouth outshot Canisius, 46.0 percent (29-63) to 41.4 percent (24-58) from the floor and 40.7 percent (11-27) to 38.9 percent (7-18) from long range. The Hawks also made the most of their first opportunities at the charity stripe in the second half, outshooting CC, 85.7 percent (12-14) to 64.0 percent (16-25) for the game. Monmouth took a 38-34 edge on the boards.
The Hawks return home to face hOURglass rival Rider on Thursday. Tip-off from the Multipurpose Activity Center is slated for 7 p.m. on ESPN3.