TYESE PURVIS WINS MAAC SIXTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR
ALBANY, NY – Monmouth senior guard Tyese Purvis has been named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Sixth Player of the Year as the team gears up for its quarterfinal matchup with Rider, the league announced Friday. Purvis averaged 10.2 points per game despite starting just 10 games this season. The Hawks have now won the Sixth Player of the Year award two years in a row after Jasmine McCall earned the honor after the 2015-16 season.
“Ty is the definition of a sixth player,” said Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmateer. “She always puts the team first, she’s always unselfish, and wants nothing more than for the team to do well. She is so deserving of this award and we are very excited and happy for her.”
In her second year with the team, Purvis has hit 64 three-pointers, giving her a total of 131 in her career which ranks ninth in program history. She is averaging 10.2 points per game this year and has scored in double-figures eleven times, totaling 26 games with at least ten points in her career. During the win at Eastern Michigan this year, she scored a career-high 26 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter. In just two years, she has scored 583 total points for the Blue & White.
The senior started the season with three-straight games in double figures, dropping 15 points in the win at Robert Morris, 14 points at St. Francis Brooklyn, and 17 points against Clemson. Purvis also registered a career-high three blocks when the Hawks hosted Clemson on November 19. She also dished out a career-high six assists when Monmouth hosted Fairfield on January 4.
In addition to her career-high of 26 at Eastern Michigan, the Queens, NY native scored 22 points in the win at Sacred Heart on December 8, and another 22 points at Fairfield on January 26. In both games with 22 points, Purvis also recorded three steals.
Purvis and the Hawks will take on second-seeded Rider at 3:30 PM today. The winner will advance to the MAAC Semifinals, scheduled for a 1:30 PM tip-off on Sunday.