WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ENDS REGULAR SEASON WITH WIN OVER NIAGARA, 68-62
Niagara Purple Eagles (8-21, 5-15 MAAC) – 62
Monmouth Hawks (14-15, 9-11 MAAC) – 68
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Led by two seniors in the last game of the regular season, the Monmouth University women’s basketball team took the advantage for over 35 minutes of action to down Niagara, 68-62. In her last game at the OceanFirst Bank Center, Christina Mitchell narrowly missed her 14th career double-double with nine points and 14 rebounds. Classmate Helena Kurt scored a season-high 12 points in the win, including six points in the fourth quarter. Freshman Kayla Shaw scored a team-high 14 points on four triples, extending her program record for three-pointers in a single season with 88. The seventh-seeded Hawks head into the MAAC Championships on a two-game winning streak, and will take on #10 Manhattan this Thursday at 11:30 AM.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“We know how important it is to go into the MAAC Tournament with some confidence. We had multiple players that have had strong games in the last two. I think we’re a team that can really make a run in the tournament, especially since we’re coming into the tournament on a high. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do.”- Monmouth head coach Jenny Palmateer
“Christina, Helena, and Tyese are kind of my first class. It’s tough, I’m not going to lie. It was a very emotional Senior Day, and I hope that we can cap it off by playing well in the conference tournament.” – Palmateer on the three seniors
“My teammates mean everything to me. I’m not from New Jersey so they are my family away from home. They mean everything to me.” – Senior center Christina Mitchell
-The Hawks used a 7-0 run at the end of the first quarter to take the 16-11 lead at the end of the frame. Freshman Alexa Middleton registered five points and four rebounds in the quarter, and the team held Niagara to just 3-18 (17%) shooting.
-Niagara went without a field goal for 4:49 of the second quarter, as Monmouth led by as many as 13 with 6:00 left in the frame.
-After Alaina Jarnot’s strong take with less than 10 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Monmouth took a 37-26 lead into halftime.
-Niagara came within five in the third quarter led by Rampado’s 12-point quarter, but Monmouth held strong to take the 51-43 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
-The Purple Eagles dropped the deficit to two with 7:27 left in the game, but Monmouth scored the next five points to regain the seven-point lead. The Hawks would lead by at least five for the rest of the game, eventually taking the 68-62 win.
-Monmouth held Niagara to just 16 made field goals in the contest, as the Purple Eagles shot 32% from the floor in the loss.
-The Hawks outrebounded Niagara 44-32 in the contest.
-Mitchell just missed her 14th career double-double on Senior Day with nine points and 14 rebounds to go along with four blocks. She currently ranks third all-time in games played (122), fourth all-time in rebounds (800), and fourth all-time in blocks (146) with the conference tournament still to play.
-Shaw scored in double-figures for the 17th time this season, which leads the team. She hit another four triples to total 14 points in the win.
-Kurt’s 12 points are a season-high after missing all of last season with an injury. She also dished out a team-high four assists.
-Monmouth’s bench outscored the opponent’s bench 27 times in 29 games this season, taking the 27-5 advantage on Sunday afternoon.
After a 14-15 (9-11 MAAC) regular season, the Monmouth Hawks will travel to Albany, NY for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships. The team enters as the seventh seed and will play tenth-seeded Manhattan on Thursday, March 2 at 11:30 AM in the first round.