SPOKANE, Wash. -
In front of a crowd of 5,561 people, the Monmouth women's basketball team got off to a fast start, but wasn't able to overcome the deficit in the first half as they fell early to the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 34-17 going into the break. The deficit grew and the Hawks fell to the host Bulldogs 77-51.
(Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) picked up her first two fouls early in the first half, at the 16:45 mark and the 15:22 mark, but led all scorers with 21 points, nine of them coming in the first half.
(Auckland, New Zealand/Massey) provided the offense with six early points, and finished the contest with eight points.
For the Bulldogs, their press defense and catch-and-shoot abilities led to an early lead, with Haiden Palmer leading all scorers with 12 first half points. She ended the game with 14 points.
Sunny Greinarcher provided Gonzaga with six first half points and a tough assignment for both Betsy Gadziala
(Whitesboro, N.Y./Whitesboro) and Abigail Martin
(Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) down in the post. Greinarcher concluded the match with eight points all in the first half.
(Belgrade, Serbia/XV Beogradska Gimnazija) provided late relief in the match with seven minutes and seven points, her first points of the season.
"They were the toughest team we've played by far," head coach Jenny Palmateer
said as she tried to draw positives from the tough loss. "They're a very physical, very skilled team who sped us up on the offensive end, and we're not used to that."
Saying of Womack, "She's been the most consistent player for us throughout these three games. We've come to expect that from her each and every game. She's stepping up, her leadership on and off the court has been amazing, and she's putting the team on her back."
Womack saw limited action in the second half due to two second half fouls, but provided the spark that got the Monmouth bench fired up and helped the defense transition to offense. Hitting a first half three-pointer to start the game, she drew and-one contact on several layup opportunities. She gave the Hawks 12 second-half points.
For Gonzaga, Palmer, Elle Tinkle and Stephanie Golden were the triple threat that subdued the Hawks in the second half. Tinkle and Golden scored eight points apiece, while Palmer only scored two second half points. Despite her low-scoring half, Palmer remained a defensive threat, impeding lanes and causing turnovers.
After the Hawks dropped a close match to the Washington State University Cougars on Friday night, this was a tough match from the outset. Despite the score, the Hawks battled and made the match tough early on. However, speed and turnovers caught up to the offense and the deficit could not be overcame.
The Hawks head back east Monday morning and will face the Lafayette Leopards at the Multipurpose Activity Center on Friday, November 23 at 6 p.m. This will be the Hawks' home opener.