WOMEN’S BASKETBALL EDGED BY PROVIDENCE, 62-58
Monmouth (5-6, 0-2 MAAC) – 58
Providence (8-3, 0-0 Big East) – 62
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Despite a 40-24 advantage in the second and third quarters, Monmouth University’s women’s basketball team was outlasted by Providence on Wednesday night, 62-58. The Friars took a 20-7 lead after the first quarter, and the Hawks controlled the second and third quarters before narrowly missing their fourth straight win. Senior Tyese Purvis led the Hawks with 15 points, and classmate Christina Mitchell scored 14 points with nine rebounds on the night. The loss drops Monmouth to 5-6 on the season, and the team will resume conference play when they host Marist on January 2.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“We did some really good things today but unfortunately weren’t able to overcome our slow start in the first quarter. Our man defense was the best it’s been and I’m happy with the emergence of our post play on the offensive end. We are going to have to see those two things moving forward, so it was important that we got better at those today.” – Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmateer
-The Friars built their largest lead of the game with 20 seconds remaining in the first quarter, going up 13 points after a layup from Allegra Botteghi.
-Monmouth would start to chip away at the deficit in the second quarter, outscoring Providence 16-11 in the frame behind five points from both Purvis and freshman Kayla Shaw.
-The Hawks would eventually take the lead in the third quarter following two free throws from Mitchell with 2:58 remaining. Monmouth took its largest lead of six with 1:46 left in the third quarter, as Shaw drilled her third triple of the game.
-Providence would outscore Monmouth 18-11 in the fourth quarter to regain the lead. There were six total lead changes in the game, with five of them coming in the fourth quarter.
-Junior Kayla Quintana connected on a three-pointer with nine seconds left resulting in a 60-58 Providence lead, but the Hawks could not grab the rebound on a missed free throw and ultimately fell by a score of 62-58.
-In three games off the bench this year, Purvis has scored 63 points while adding 13 rebounds and four steals. The Hawks bench as a whole outscored Providence 31-10 on the night.
-Mitchell narrowly missed what would have been her 12th career double-double. She has started all 11 games for the Blue & White this season.
-In addition to her 11 points, Shaw pulled down a season and career-high six rebounds in the loss, with four of those coming in the first quarter.
-In the first and fourth quarters, Monmouth was outscored by Providence 38-18 while shooting just 2-16 from three-point range.
-In the second and third quarters, Monmouth outscored Providence 40-24 while shooting 5-10 from three-point range.
-Monmouth held the Friars to just 34.4% from the floor, including 25% from three-point range in the loss.
-Providence out-rebounded Monmouth 47-40, making the most of their second chances by outscoring the Hawks 18-4 in that category.
Monmouth will remain in West Long Branch and continue conference play on January 2, when it hosts Marist at 2:00 PM on ESPN3. The Hawks have a quick turnaround and will play again on January 4, hosting MAAC opponent Fairfield at 7:00 PM.