WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: HAWKS FINISH NON-CONFERENCE PLAY AGAINST PROVIDENCE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Providence Friars (7-3, 0-0 Big East) at Monmouth Hawks (5-5, 0-2 MAAC)
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | 7:00 PM
OceanFirst Bank Center, West Long Branch, NJ
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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. Middleton has scored 19 points and secured 26 rebounds in the last two games. Classmate Taylor Nason grabbed 13 rebounds in the win at EMU, while four total Monmouth players hit double-figures. The Hawks improved to 5-5 on the season and set their sights on a fourth straight win when they host Providence on Wednesday. Monmouth’s last non-conference game of the season will be broadcast on ESPN3 at 7:00 PM. The Hawks come into the game riding a three-game winning streak, while the Friars have dropped three straight.
SCOUTING THE PROVIDENCE FRIARS
Although Providence comes into Wednesday having lost three straight games, the Friars began the season 7-0 to produce a 7-3 record coming into Wednesday’s matchup with Monmouth. Four Friars are averaging double-figures, led by sophomore guard Jovana Nogic (14.2 ppg). Sarah Beal is adding 12.4 points per game, while teammate Maddie Jolin is averaging 11.7 points per game off the bench. Allegra Botteghi is putting up 10.3 points per game and is second on the team with 6.3 rebounds per game.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. PROVIDENCE
Since joining the Division 1 ranks, Monmouth has only faced Providence twice. The first meeting came during the 1983-84 season, and the Hawks fell again last year (33 years later) in Providence, RI, 71-59. Three Hawks scored in double-figures last season, including current players Tyese Purvis and Dana Carbone with 12 points each off the bench. Currently the second leading scorer for the Friars, Sarah Beal dropped 21 points while adding six rebounds and four assists in the win against Monmouth last year.