WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Jasmine Walker (North Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick) scored a career-high 14 points and added nine rebounds as the Monmouth University women’s basketball defeated Canisius, 64-56, Friday afternoon on Kid’s Day at the Multipurpose Activity Center. With the win, the Hawks improve to 3-13 (2-3 MAAC), while the Golden Griffins fall to 5-10 (1-5 MAAC).
A game after tying her previous career-high of 13 points and adding a career-high 10 rebounds, Walker did her damage on 6-of-10 shooting, including 2-of-4 from long range. Jamiyah Bethune (Union, N.J./Union [Penn State]) compiled her second double-digit scoring output of the season with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while Helena Kurt (Spanga, Sweden/Igelstavikens Gymnasium) added 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including a perfect 2-for-2 from deep. Sara English (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West [UMass]) also chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds. Chevannah Paalvast (Auckland, New Zealand/Massey) and Kasey Chambers (Belmar, N.J./St. Rose) had three assists apiece, while Jenny Horvatinovic (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion Area) had a team-high three steals.
Kayla Hoohuli led all scorers with 18 points for Canisius on 7-for-15 shooting overall and 4-for-11 from long range. She also added five rebounds. Lauren D’Hont added an efficient 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting overall, 2-for-2 from long range and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. Jamie Ruttle also chipped in with seven points and six rebounds.
“First, I felt like we played most of the game today with a lead, which is a real switch and is very nice,” said Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer. “But to show the poise and maturity of this team over the last couple games, to be able to hang onto that lead, not lose our composure and stay poised was a big step in the right direction.”
The Hawks immediately scored the first eight points of the game and never trailed. Monmouth made each of its first five shots, including a pair of three-pointers by Walker. Canisius gradually came all the way back to tie the game at 16-16 on the strength of a pair of Hoohuli three-pointers, the last coming at the 10:08 mark. Monmouth immediately responded with five-straight points on an English putback and a Chambers three-pointer off solid ball movement in transition. After Canisius closed to within two points, Monmouth pushed the lead back to seven on two occasions and took a six-point lead, 33-27, into halftime.
Walker led the Hawks with 10 points at the break, while English added six points and Shira Shecht (Pardessiya, Israel/Hadassim) and Bethune scored five points apiece. D’Hont led Canisius with eight points off the bench, while Hoohuli added six points on 2-of-7 shooting from long range. Monmouth shot 50.0 percent (13-26) from the floor in the first half, including 4-of-8 from long range. Canisius countered with 42.3 percent (11-26) shooting from the floor and 36.4 percent (4-11) from beyond the three-point line.
Monmouth scored the first six points of the second half to extend to a 12-point lead, 39-27, on two Paalvast free throws at the 18-minute mark. Canisius gradually whittled the Hawks’ lead to seven on a pair of Brooke Angelos free throws at the 12:42 mark and made it a five-point game on a Hoohuli lay-up with 9:48 left to play. But that was the closest the Golden Griffins would get.
Kurt knocked down a three-pointer on the next Monmouth possession to spark a 10-0 run that gave the Hawks a 62-47 cushion. The closest the game got the rest of the way was the final 64-56 margin, as Ruttle connected on a three-pointer with five seconds left.
For the game, Monmouth outshot Canisius, 47.2 percent (25-53) to 38.5 percent (20-52) from the floor, 50.0 percent (7-14) to 39.1 percent (9-23) from long range and 53.8 percent (7-13) to 43.8 percent (7-16) from the free-throw line. The Hawks outrebounded the Golden Griffins, 38-32, and took a 30-14 edge in points in the paint.
The Hawks return to MAAC action Monday morning, when they travel to Siena. Opening tip from Alumni Recreation Center is scheduled for 11 a.m.