WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Jasmine Walker (North Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick) had a career-high 13 points and 10 rebounds for her first-career double-double, but the Monmouth University women’s basketball team fell to Rider, 64-53, Sunday afternoon at the Multipurpose Activity Center. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 2-13 (1-3 MAAC), while the Broncs improve to 6-7 (2-2 MAAC).
Kasey Chambers (Belmar, N.J./St. Rose) finished with a career-high 14 points and three steals off the bench. Chevannah Paalvast (Auckland, New Zealand/Massey) also chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds. Mia Hopkins (Pittston, Pa./Pittston Area) also added seven points and six rebounds.
Stephanie Mason led Rider with 14 points off the bench, while Mikal Johnson (12), MyNeshia McKenzie (11) and Marritta Gillcrease (10) also finished in double figures. McKenzie and Gillcrease had seven rebounds apiece for the Broncs.
“(Rider) started hitting some shots and I felt like we lost our composure on the offensive end,” said Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer. “Everybody then looks at the clock and the score and we had good intentions, but I felt like too many individuals were trying to get us back into that game with one or two possessions. We’re not really a good one-on-one team. Then it kind of compounded everything and now we’re in the hole. The good news for us is we’ve come back from deficits like that, so the team knows we can. It doesn’t make it any easier to do it, but at least they know we have it in us to do it.”
Rider opened the game with a 7-0 run over the first six minutes, and extended the spurt to 16-2 over the first 11 minutes. The Broncs gradually worked the advantage up to 18 points, 28-10, at the 3:13 mark on a Gillcrease jumper. The Hawks responded with five-straight points and ended the half on a 7-2 spurt to cut the deficit to 30-17. Chambers led the Hawks with five points and two steals at the break, while Johnson led Rider with 10 points.
After Rider worked the lead up to 16, 37-21, in the first five minutes of the second half, Monmouth worked to bring it back down to seven with a 7-0 run by the 11-minute mark. A Walker three and Chambers jumper cut the Rider lead to 39-32 with 11:02 to play. Rider rebuilt a 14-point cushion by the 6:47 mark, but the Hawks weren’t done. Consecutive three-pointers by Chambers and Paalvast cut it to eight with 5:46 left and a pair of Walker free throws with 1:12 left to play cut it to six, 59-53. But the Hawks could draw no closer and fell, 64-53.
For the game, Rider outshot the Hawks, 42.9 percent (21-49) to 38.2 percent (21-55) from the floor, 44.4 percent (8-18) to 40.0 percent (4-10) from long range and 87.5 percent (14-16) to 50.0 percent (7-14) from the free-throw line. Monmouth outrebounded the Broncs, 37-31, and the Hawks’ took a 29-14 edge in points off the bench.
The Hawks return to MAAC action Friday afternoon, when they play host to Canisius. Opening tip from the Multipurpose Activity Center is scheduled for noon.