WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: HAWKS HOST FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON SATURDAY
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (2-6, 0-0 NEC) at Monmouth Hawks (3-5, 0-2 MAAC)
Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 3:00 PM
OceanFirst Bank Center, West Long Branch, NJ
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Behind a career-high 22 points from senior Tyese Purvis, the Monmouth University women’s basketball team took the lead 1:20 into the game and never trailed in a 65-54 victory at Sacred Heart on Thursday night. Purvis shot 5-7 from beyond the arc on the night, adding four rebounds, three assists, and three steals to propel the Hawks to a 3-5 record on the season. Thursday was the first of three games in five days for Monmouth, which will host Fairleigh Dickinson at the OceanFirst Bank Center on Saturday at 3 PM. Saturday will mark just the second home game of the season for the Hawks, who were defeated by Clemson 60-47 on November 19. Freshman Kayla Shaw is the team’s second leading scorer at 10.0 points per game, while classmate Taylor Nason leads the team and is third in the conference in rebounding at 7.8 per game.
SCOUTING THE FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON KNIGHTS
Fairleigh Dickinson dropped its fifth straight game Monday at UMass Lowell, falling to 2-6 on the year. The two wins came against Longwood (75-59) and NJIT (66-61). The Knights are led by senior forward Brianna Thomas, who is averaging 16.4 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game. Thomas has two 20-point outings this season, including 25 points in the team’s loss at Queens on November 23. Senior guard Kiana Brown is contributing 9.9 points per game and leads the team with 22 assists.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON
Monmouth and Fairleigh Dickinson will be meeting for the 68th time in Division 1 play. The Hawks hold a 45-22 advantage over the Knights, with FDU taking the win last year at home by a score of 81-75. Dana Carbone scored a career-high 19 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter in the loss. Monmouth hosted the Knights two years ago, taking the 71-66 win as Helena Kurt established then-career highs with 15 points and eight assists.