WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: HAWKS FACE #2 RIDER IN MAAC QUARTERFINALS FRIDAY
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Friday, March 3, 2017
#7 Monmouth Hawks (15-15, 9-11 MAAC) vs. #2 Rider Broncs (22-7, 16-4 MAAC)
Times Union Center - Albany, NY
Opening the third quarter with a 19-0 run and outscoring the Jaspers 24-8 in the frame, #7 Monmouth defeated #10 Manhattan in the first round of the MAAC Championships on Thursday morning, 62-46. The Hawks advance to the conference quarterfinals and will take on second-seeded Rider today at 3:30 PM. After leading by just five at halftime, Monmouth broke the game open in the third quarter, leading by as many as 25 with 2:01 left in the frame. The balanced effort included all 13 Hawks seeing the floor, with 10 players scoring. McKinzee Barker led the way with 14 points while adding seven rebounds, while Kayla Shaw scored in double-figures for the 19th time this season with 11 points. Christina Mitchell secured 11 rebounds in the win, moving into second in program history for career rebounds with 811. Monmouth advances to the MAAC Quarterfinals for the fourth straight year since entering the league. The Hawks arsenal starts at the three-point line, where the team set program records in 2016-17. Monmouth made 259 triples during the regular season, shattering the record set last year at 238. Freshman Kayla Shaw, who was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team this week, broke the individual record for three-pointers made in a season, hitting 91 so far this season to pass Beth DiRenzo’s 80 during the 1990-91 season.
SCOUTING THE RIDER BRONCS
After a down-to-the-wire first meeting between the teams, in which the Broncs pulled out the late 71-69 win, Rider handled the Hawks to sweep the regular season series less than three weeks later, 75-63. Julia Duggan registered 18 points and 19 rebounds, while Kamila Hoskova added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Broncs in the February 21 win. Rider notched four All-MAAC honors, as senior guard Robin Perkins landed on the first team, junior guard Kamila Hoskova was named Second Team All-MAAC, senior center Julia Duggan received third-team distinction and freshman guard Stella Johnson earned All-Rookie team honors.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. RIDER
Monmouth and Rider will meet for the 44th time, with the Hawks taking the 28-15 all-time advantage. Rider swept the season series this year after Monmouth won both last year. The teams have never met in a MAAC Championship contest.