WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WINS THIRD STRAIGHT GAME BEHIND PURVIS’ 18 FOURTH QUARTER POINTS AT EASTERN MICHIGAN, 75-68
Monmouth Hawks (5-5, 0-2 MAAC) – 75
Eastern Michigan Eagles (4-6, 0-0 MAC) - 68
YPSILANTI, MI – Surviving a late push from Eastern Michigan, Monmouth University’s women’s basketball team earned its third straight win behind a career-high 26 points from senior Tyese Purvis, 75-68. Purvis scored 18 of those points in the fourth quarter, making three triples and hitting five clutch free throws. Freshman Alexa Middleton recorded the first double-double of the season for the Hawks, scoring a clutch 10th point while grabbing 15 rebounds on the night. Classmate Taylor Nason grabbed 13 rebounds in the win, while four total Monmouth players hit double-figures. The Hawks improve to 5-5 on the season and will return home for the next contest against Providence on December 21.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“I was hoping we were going to withstand Eastern Michigan’s runs in the second half. We knew their run was going to come, but we weren’t sure when it was going to come. They’ve had some big comeback victories recently and they’re such an athletic and explosive team so they can score a lot of points in a hurry. We were fortunate during that time to hit a couple of threes to balance that out.” – Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmateer
“Our second chance points were critical, but limiting them to one and done for the majority of that game was huge for us. [Middleton, Nason, and Mitchell] carried the rebounding load for us, and that was valuable because we needed every possession.” – Palmateer on outrebounding EMU 54-37
“Tonight was another confidence booster. It’s nice to string together a couple of wins here, and I’m really happy to see us all working together. We moved the ball well which gave us a lot of openings, and we were fortunate to hit a lot of shots today.” – Senior guard/forward Tyese Purvis
-Monmouth has won three games in the last five days, and will now have a nine day break until they host Providence on December 21.
-Monmouth controlled the game early, taking a 15-10 lead after the first quarter and led 37-26 into halftime.
-After being down by as many as 15 in the third quarter, Eastern Michigan stormed back in the fourth quarter and took a one point lead (57-56) with 5:25 left in the game. Purvis buried two straight three pointers to put Monmouth back on top 62-57.
-Middleton solidified the double-double with 0.36 seconds left in the game, grabbing an offensive rebound and putting it back to extend Monmouth’s lead to 71-65.
-Monmouth’s bench outscored the Eagles 52-9 and had the advantage in second chance points, 25-9.
-Eastern Michigan scored 32 points off turnovers while Monmouth had just four.
-The Hawks led the game for 37:08 while Eastern Michigan led for just 1:35.
-Purvis’ career-high included five three-pointers and five free throws. The senior added six rebounds, a block and a steal on the night.
-Middleton secured a season-high for Monmouth with 15 rebounds, completing the double-double with 10 points.
-Graham’s 13 points came on 5-9 from the floor, adding six assists, three rebounds, and a steal in the win.
-Shaw hit four more threes against EMU, scoring the 12 points in 27 minutes. The freshman is now tied for the team-lead with 27 three-point field goals made in 10 games (Purvis).
-Taylor Nason grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and now leads Monmouth with 8.1 rebounds per game.
Monmouth will host Big East opponent Providence on Wednesday, December 21. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 starting at 7:00 PM. The Hawks will then set their sights on the MAAC, with three straight home games in the conference including Marist, Fairfield, and Saint Peter’s.