WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STORMS BACK IN FOURTH QUARTER TO DEFEAT CANISIUS, 55-53
Monmouth Hawks 8-8 (3-4 MAAC) – 55
Canisius Golden Griffins 4-13 (3-5 MAAC) – 53
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – After trailing by as many as 15 with 8:01 left in the third quarter, the Monmouth University women’s basketball team outscored Canisius 16-6 in the fourth quarter to take the win on Sunday afternoon, 55-53. The Hawks did not have a player score in double-figures, but seven players scored at least five points in the victory. After turning the ball over 15 times in the first half, Monmouth had just two turnovers in the second half while forcing Canisius to turn it over 19 times. The Hawks evened up their record once again at 8-8, and are now 3-4 in the MAAC. The team looks ahead to an 11:30 AM Kids Day matchup with league-leading Quinnipiac on Thursday.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“Our team did a great job in the second half of taking care of the ball. We had 15 turnovers in the first half and only two in the second half. We were able to fix that and it made all the difference in the world because we need those shot attempts. We also went to a few more sets in the second half instead of running our motion offense, and our players did a great job of executing that, hitting some big shots. We showed today in the second half that that we can play with some toughness which is something we always talk about.” – Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmateer
“In the first half, we didn’t come out aggressive enough. In the second half, we picked up our defense which transitioned to our offense.”
“Our team supports each other no matter what and we’re always excited to see each other do well.” – Sophomore guard McKinzee Barker
-Monmouth trailed for 29:17 of the game and did not lead until the fourth quarter. Barker’s three-pointer gave Monmouth the 49-48 lead with 8:03 left in the game.
-Canisius took a 21-12 lead after the first quarter, as it forced nine Monmouth turnovers. The Golden Griffins maintained the nine-point lead at 34-25 heading into the half, forcing another six turnovers in the second quarter.
-The Golden Griffins held Monmouth off in the third quarter as well, taking a 47-39 lead into the final frame.
-Monmouth came out firing in the fourth quarter, going on a 12-1 run to open the quarter and forcing Canisius to take a timeout with 7:33 remaining.
-The Hawks would eventually outscore Canisius 16-6 in the fourth quarter to seal the win, holding Canisius without a field goal in the quarter. The Golden Griffs were only able to hit six free throws in the last frame.
-Monmouth’s largest lead of six came with 5:25 remaining in the game. The Hawks did not score for the rest of the day, escaping with the two-point win.
-For the first time this season, no Monmouth player scored in double-figures, but the Hawks were still able to earn the two-point win.
-Helena Kurt scored five of her six points in the fourth quarter, helping Monmouth to its eighth win of the season.
-For the 15th time in 16 games, Monmouth’s bench outscored the opponent’s bench. In the win on Sunday, the Hawks bench had the 34-7 advantage.
-Tyese Purvis moved into a tie for 10th all time in three-point field goals made after hitting one against Canisius (108).
-After Canisius shot 52.5% from the field and 72.7% from three in the first matchup on December 10, the Golden Griffs shot just 34.8% and 33.3% from three on Sunday.
Monmouth will remain at the OceanFirst Bank Center for Kids Day on Thursday. Tipoff against league-leading Quinnipiac is scheduled for 11:30 AM.