HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior wing Chevannah Paalvast (Auckland, New Zealand/Massey) scored a team-high 14 points, but the Monmouth University women’s basketball team fell to Boston University, 52-43, Sunday afternoon at XL Center in the final game of a three-game weekend as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 0-6, while the Terriers improve to 2-5.
Helena Kurt (Spanga, Sweden/Igelstavikens Gymnasium) added 10 points and four assists for the Hawks, while Sara English (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West [UMass]) grabbed a team-high five rebounds.
BU was led by Mollie McKendrick’s 14 points and eight rebounds, while Danielle Callahan (13) and Sarah Hope (10) also finished in double figures scoring. Rashidat Agboola also added six points and seven rebounds for BU.
After English scored the first bucket of the game on MU’s first possession, BU went on a 9-0 run. Monmouth closed the deficit to three with 6:53 left in the half on consecutive buckets by Kurt and Horvatinovic. But BU outscored the Hawks, 11-4, the rest of the half to take a 10-point lead into the locker room at halftime. BU drained five three-pointers, turned 12 Monmouth turnovers into 10 points and grabbed 10 offensive rebounds en route to a 6-0 edge in second-chance points in the initial stanza. Monmouth outscored BU, 10-4 in the paint.
English and Kurt led Monmouth with four points apiece in the first half, while Mia Hopkins (Pittston, Pa./Pittston Area) grabbed a team-high four rebounds. Callahan led the Terriers with nine points at the break on 3-of-4 shooting from long distance. Hope knocked down another pair of trifectas for six points, while McKendrick added six points and four rebounds in the first half. Agboola also contributed four points, five rebounds and three assists.
Early in the second half, BU extended to a 16-point lead on Hope’s three-pointer at the 12:56 mark. MU immediately responded with a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to single digits. Paalvast scored four points in the stretch and Kurt knocked down a three-pointer. With the BU lead again nine points following two Shira Shecht (Pardessiya, Israel/Hadassim) free throws with 7:41 left, BU would score 11 of the next 12 points to extend to a 19-point lead, 51-32, with 3:53 to play. Monmouth responded with a 7-0 run and 11 of the next 12 points to eventually trim the deficit back down to the final 52-43 score on Jasmine Walker’s (North Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick) runner with 8 second remaining.
For the game, the Hawks outshot BU, 31.3 percent (15-48) to 30.0 percent (18-60) from the floor. The Terriers took a 25.0 percent (7-28) to 21.4 percent (3-14) edge from long range and an 81.8 percent (9-11) to 62.5 percent (10-16) advantage from the free-throw line. BU also outrebounded the Hawks, 41-37, while forcing 22 Monmouth turnovers while committing 18 of their own. The Terriers outscored Monmouth, 22-14, off turnovers and took an 8-2 advantage on second-chance points.
Following a week off for Thanksgiving, the Hawks conclude play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge Sunday, Dec. 1, when they face Bowling Green. Tip-off is set for 10 a.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.