WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: HAWKS HOST SIENA TWO DAYS AFTER OVERTIME WIN
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Siena Saints (8-12, 7-4 MAAC) at Monmouth Hawks (10-9, 5-5 MAAC)
Freshman Kayla Shaw’s three-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining tied the game at 50, and Monmouth bested Fairfield in overtime to take the win on Thursday night, 60-53. Senior Tyese Purvis scored 22 points in the win, including five three-pointers and a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line. Fairfield built its largest lead of the night at 13 with 5:00 left in the third quarter, but Monmouth used a 12-0 run to close the quarter and trailed by just one heading into the fourth. Freshman Alexa Middleton pulled down a career-best 16 rebounds on the night, as the Hawks improved to 10-9 on the season and evened their MAAC record at 5-5. Monmouth’s bench outscored the opponent’s bench for the 17th time in 19 games this season, taking the massive 43-8 advantage on Thursday. The team returns home this afternoon for a 2:00 PM matchup with Siena on ESPN3.
SCOUTING THE SIENA SAINTS
Siena comes into Saturday’s contest winners of five straight, all in the conference. The Saints are 7-4 in the MAAC this season, and are led by sophomore guard Jackie Benitez who is averaging 16.8 points per game, which ranks second in the conference. Senior forward Meghan Donohue is adding 13.3 points per contest along with 5.7 rebounds, while teammate Kollyns Scarbrough scored 11.5 points per game while grabbing 6.0 rebounds. Donohue currently leads the MAAC in field goal percentage, shooting at a 55.7% rate, while Benitez leads the conference in free throw percentage at 87.0% (67-77).
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. SIENA
Monmouth and Siena will be competing for the 18th time on Saturday, as the Saints have won the last five games in the series. The Hawks still lead the all-time series at 9-8, however. The teams have already met this year on January 12 in Albany, when Siena took the 85-76 win. The Saints shot 31-59 (52.5%) from the field and 8-11(72.7%) from three, led by Benitez who scored a MAAC season-high 34 points (10-13 FG, 6-7 3FG) in the win. Freshman Kayla Shaw scored 19 points on 5-9 three-pointers for Monmouth.