ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Alysha Womack (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) scored a team-high 17 points,
but the Monmouth University women's basketball team was defeated by East
Carolina, 64-49, Saturday afternoon in the consolation game of the Navy Classic
at Alumni Hall. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 2-5, while the Pirates improve
to 6-2. In averaging 16.0 points per game over the two-game tournament,
Chevannah Paalvast (Auckland, New Zealand/Massey) was named to the Navy Classic
Paalvast contributed 10
points for the Hawks, while Abigail Martin (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) chipped
in eight points and Betsy Gadziala (Whitesboro, N.Y./Whitesboro) added seven
Britny Edwards led all
scorers and rebounders with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while twin sister Whitny
Edwards added six points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Tatiana Chapple added
12 points for ECU, while Celeste Stewart added eight points and five assists.
East Carolina ran out to a
21-point lead in the first half on the strength of 10 points from Britny
Edwards and eight more from Chapple. But Monmouth stormed back with a 12-2 run
to close out the half and cut the deficit to 11 points, 36-25, at halftime.
Paalvast led the Hawks with nine points at the break.
The Hawks cut the deficit to
as few as six points, 47-41, with eight minutes remaining in the second half on
four-straight made free throws, two each from Womack and Kasey Chambers
(Belmar, N.J./St. Rose). But the Pirates scored 17 of the final 25 points of
the game, upping the advantage to as many as 18 points in the final minute.
For the game, the Pirates
outshot the Hawks, 39.4 percent (26-66) to 31.8 percent (14-44) from the floor,
21.7 percent (5-23) to 12.5 percent (1-8) from long range, and 70.0 percent
(7-10)to 58.8 percent (20-34) from the free-throw line. ECU also outrebounded
the Hawks, 48-33, and took a slight edge in the turnover game, forcing 22 Hawks'
turnovers, while coughing it up 20 times. ECU took a decided advantage in
points in the paint (30-14), second-chance points (15-3) and bench scoring
The Hawks return home
Tuesday, when they play host to perennial Big East power Georgetown. Opening
tip from the Multipurpose Activity Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.