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Alysha Womack scored a game-high 25 points, but the Hawks fell at Washington State, 79-69, Friday night.
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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS AT WASHINGTON STATE, 79-69

Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
         
Release: November 16, 2012
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PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior guard Alysha Womack (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) scored a game-high 25 points, but the Monmouth University women's basketball team fell at Washington State, 79-69, Friday night at Beasley Coliseum. With the loss the Hawks fall to 0-2, while the Cougars improve to 1-2.

"I feel like we played about 30 minutes of nearly flawless basketball," said Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer. "We knew we had a really small margin for error. But I'm really proud of the way our team played today. I think really, in the end, they just wore us down with their size. We had to battle just to compete because of their size at all positions."

Womack did her damage on 11-for-21 shooting, and added six rebounds and three steals. Abigail Martin (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) and Carly Thibault (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) added eight points apiece, with Martin grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. Betsy Gadziala (Whitesboro, N.Y./Whitesboro) chipped in seven points and six rebounds, while Chevannah Paalvast (Auckland, New Zealand/Massey) dished out a team-high five assists.

Carly Noyes led the Cougars with 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting, while Tia Presley added 21 points on 7-of-12 from the floor. Lia Galdeira filled the stat sheet with 11 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and six steals. 

A back-and-forth first half that saw 10 lead changes concluded with the Cougars taking a four-point lead into the locker room at halftime. After the Hawks scored the first bucket of the game, Washington State responded with seven-straight points to take their largest lead of the half, 7-2. The Hawks then outscored Wazzu, 14-5, to take its largest lead of the half, 16-12. Thibault made a pair of three-pointers to spark the run, while Martin made two buckets on the interior.

Neither team would enjoy as much as a four-point lead the rest of the initial stanza until Noyes' lay-up closed the first-half scoring with the Cougars leading, 32-28. Galdeira led the Cougars with eight points at the break, while Thibault matched his scoring output with eight points of her own for Monmouth.

After the teams exchanged buckets to open the second half, a pair of Noyes lay-ups upped the Cougars' advantage to eight points. Another Noyes lay-up with 16:27 left in regulation bumped the Wazzu edge to 10 points, before the Hawks whittled the Cougars' advantage down to two. Womack scored seven-straight Monmouth points, before Gadziala and Paalvast each made buckets. Womack's jumper at the 12:08 mark cut the deficit to two, 48-46.

Following a Washington State bucket, Womack made a pair of jumpers from close range to tie the game at 50-50 with 9:23 remaining in regulation. But Hana Potter immediately responded with two three-pointers and a conventional three-point play to give the Cougars a nine-point cushion, 59-50. The lead eventually extended to as many as 13 points, 66-53, on Tia Pressley's fast-break lay-up with 6:29 left in the second half. Monmouth would draw no closer than to within eight points the rest of the way.

For the game, the Cougars outshot the Hawks, 43.5 percent (30-69) to 35.5 percent (27-76) from the floor and 50.0 percent (7-14) to 26.3 percent (5-19) from long range. The Hawks took a 58.8 percent (10-17) to 57.1 percent (12-21) edge from the free-throw and outrebounded Washington State, 51-45.      

The Hawks return to action in Washington Sunday, when they travel west to Spokane to take on Gonzaga. Opening tip from the McCarthey Athletic Center scheduled for 9 p.m. (ET)/6 p.m. (PT).

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