WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: HAWKS LOOK FOR SEASON SWEEP AT QUINNIPIAC SATURDAY
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Monmouth Hawks (10-11, 5-7 MAAC) at Quinnipiac Bobcats (17-6, 10-3 MAAC)
Despite leading for over 38 minutes of the game, the Monmouth University women’s basketball team notched a season-high 29 turnovers and were edged by Rider on Thursday night, 71-69. The Hawks shot a season-high 50.0% (26-52) from the field while holding the Broncs to just 36.7% (22-60), but Rider went 23-29 from the free throw line while Monmouth went 6-8. After a 54-46 lead heading into the third quarter, Monmouth was outscored in the fourth quarter, 25-15. Although the Hawks shot 64.7% (11-17) from beyond the arc, Rider had the 33-12 advantage in points off turnovers. Senior Tyese Purvis scored 17 points (5-6 3-pt FG) in the loss, while freshman Kayla Shaw hit another three triples for 11 total points. Shaw now has 65 threes on the season, just 15 short of the single-season program record with eight games to play. The Hawks will travel to Quinnipiac on Saturday for a 1:00 PM conference matchup.
SCOUTING THE QUINNIPIAC BOBCATS
After starting league play 8-0, Monmouth handed the Bobcats their first MAAC loss of the season, and Quinnipiac has since gone 2-2 in league play for a 10-3 overall conference record. The team has lost two straight conference contests to Iona and Fairfield, with the most recent coming on Friday night. Quinnipiac only has one double-digit scorer in Jen Fay, who averages 10.3 points per game, but feature seven players that average at least 6.1 points per game. Aryn McClure leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 6.3 boards per game.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. QUINNIPIAC
Although QU still holds the all-time series lead at 22-17, Monmouth earned the 61-58 win at home on January 19 this year. Freshman Rosa Graham hit six free throws in the last 1:15 to help the Hawks stun league-leading Quinnipiac. The win snapped Quinnipiac’s 8-0 MAAC record and seven-game winning streak. Freshman Kayla Shaw added 20 points on four three-pointers in the win.