WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: HAWKS LOOK FOR SECOND MAAC WIN AGAINST FAIRFIELD WEDNESDAY
Fairfield Stags (4-8, 1-2 MAAC) at Monmouth Hawks (6-6, 1-2 MAAC)
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 | 7:00 PM
OceanFirst Bank Center, West Long Branch, NJ
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Outscoring Marist 25-12 in the second quarter and paced by four players in double-figures, Monmouth defeated the Red Foxes on Monday afternoon, 79-69. Sophomore McKinzee Barker scored a career-high 16 points in the win, shooting 6-9 from the floor (3-4 3FG). Monmouth evened its record to 6-6 on the season and earned its first conference win of the season. Freshman Alaina Jarnot notched career-highs in both points (14) and assists (7) on the afternoon. The Hawks had their best shooting day of the season, going 29-65 from the field (44.6%). The team has now won four out of its last five games, with wins coming against Sacred Heart, Fairleigh Dickinson, Eastern Michigan, and Marist. Monmouth will remain at the OceanFirst Bank Center for a quick turnaround, as they continue MAAC play and host Fairfield at 7:00 PM on ESPN3.
SCOUTING THE FAIRFIELD STAGS
Fairfield has lost its last four contests, including Albany, LaSalle, Temple and Marist all on the road. The loss to Marist came just three days before Monmouth defeated the Red Foxes in West Long Branch, 79-69. After starting the season 3-1, the Stags have lost seven out of their last eight. Three players are averaging double-figures on the year, led by senior forward Kelsey Carey at 14.2 points per game. Senior forward Casey Smith is adding 12.3 ppg and 6.1 rpg, while junior forward Samantha Cooper is scoring 12.2 per contest while grabbing 7.6 rebounds per game.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. FAIRFIELD
Monmouth and Fairfield began competition during the 1982-83 season, and have faced each other a total of 12 times. The Stags hold the 8-4 advantage, but Monmouth won the last meeting during last year’s MAAC Quarterfinals, 64-46. Tyese Purvis led the Hawks with 14 points and propelled Monmouth to the MAAC Semifinals. The fifth-seeded Hawks outscored fourth-seeded Fairfield, 19-2 in the second quarter.