WOMEN’S BASKETBALL EDGED BY SIENA IN DOUBLE OVERTIME, 91-86
Siena Saints (9-12, 8-4 MAAC) – 91
Monmouth Hawks (10-10, 5-6 MAAC) - 86
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Despite hitting a program-record 15 three-pointers, the Monmouth University women’s basketball team was outlasted by MAAC opponent Siena in double overtime, 91-86. Freshman Kayla Shaw scored a career-best 24 points on seven triples, which ranks tied for second all-time for three-pointers made in a game. Classmate Taylor Nason added eight points, seven assists, six steals, and a career-high 15 rebounds in the loss. Alexa Middleton, another freshman, recorded her second double-double of the season, checking in with 10 points and 10 rebounds on the afternoon. Senior Tyese Purvis and sophomore McKinzee Barker also went into double-figures, as Purvis scored 12 with four rebounds and Barker added 11 with eight rebounds and six assists.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“We’re disappointed. I think we battled really hard in the second half and the overtime period to give ourselves a shot. We only scored six points in the fourth quarter and one of them was to send us to OT. We missed a lot of layups during that stretch. We also fouled them and put them on the line, which isn’t a good combination. The positive of this game is that we’re getting used to playing in different scenarios. This kind of experience for our young players is invaluable. There’s no way to prepare for being on the foul line in double overtime until you are there. This experience will pay dividends down the stretch.” - Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmateer
-Monmouth took control early and led after the first quarter, 24-14. Siena slowly battled back, hitting a second quarter buzzer-beating layup to cut the deficit to just one heading into halftime, 40-39.
-The hawks held a 62-58 lead after the third quarter, as Nason grabbed her eighth rebound and found Barker to notch her sixth assist at the buzzer.
-The game remained close at the fourth quarter media timeout, as the Hawks maintained a 66-63 lead with 4:57 to play.
-After Siena took a two-point lead on two Scarbrough free throws, Shaw found Middleton down low with 15.8 seconds left to tie the game. The Hawks came up with several stops on the next possession to force overtime.
-In the first overtime, Purvis banged a three to tie the game at 77 with 21 seconds remaining. Mitchell came up with a huge block on the Saints’ offensive possession to force a second overtime period.
-Siena outscored Monmouth in the second overtime period, 14-9, led by seven points from Kollyns Scarbrough, who ended up with 34 total points including 15-20 from the line.
-Shaw hit three from beyond the arc in the first 4:16 of the game, helping Monmouth build a 20-8 lead early. She went into halftime with six three-pointers made. The freshman now has 62 threes this season, which ranks tied for fifth in MU history for a single-season. The Hawks still have 10 games remaining.
-Monmouth’s program record 15 three-pointers bested last year’s total of 14 in the Hawks’ loss against Eastern Michigan last season. Monmouth has made at least 13 three-pointers in five games this year.
-Nason’s 15 rebounds, seven assists, and six steals were all career-highs.
-Four Hawks went into double-figures for the first time since January 2, when the Hawks beat Marist at home.
-Monmouth led for 32:19 of the game while Siena led for just 14:35. The game was tied for a total of 3:06.
-This was Monmouth’s second overtime game in just three days, pulling out the win at Fairfield before falling to Siena Saturday afternoon.
-Nason (41) and Shaw (38) both notched a career high in minutes.
UP NEXTThe Hawks will remain at the OceanFirst Bank Center on Thursday, February 2, when they host MAAC rival Rider. Tip is scheduled for 7:00 PM, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.