WOMEN'S BASKETBALL DEFEATS MANHATTAN, 58-43
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Senior guard Carly Thibault (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) scored a season-high 17 points and knocked down four three-pointers as the Monmouth University women's basketball team defeated Manhattan, 58-43, Friday afternoon at the Multipurpose Activity Center. With the win, the Hawks improve to 3-7, while the Jaspers move to 3-8 with the loss.
Chevannah Paalvast (Auckland, New Zealand/Massey) added 12 points and six rebounds, while Abigail Martin (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) chipped in with seven points and a game-high eight rebounds. Gabby Singer (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) tied her career high with five assists to go along with a season-high four steals.
Monica Roeder, the younger sister of former Monmouth football tight end Mike Roeder, led Manhattan with 18 points. Ashley Stec added 10 points for the Jaspers.
The Hawks never trailed in the game and quickly opened a nine-point lead, scoring 10 of the first 12 points to open the game. The lead extended to the nine on Kasey Chambers' (Belmar, N.J./St. Rose) jumper at the 9:09 mark to give Monmouth a 14-5 advantage. A pair of Manhattan three-pointers cut the lead to three, 16-13, before the teams exchanged buckets for much of the remaining 6:30 of the first half, resulting in a 24-18 Monmouth lead at the break. Thibault led the Hawks with seven first-half points, while Stec paced the Jaspers with eight points.
A four-point play by Thibault opened the second-half scoring and pushed the Hawks' advantage to double-digits, 28-18, for the first time in the game. An 8-0 Monmouth run sparked by two more Thibault trifectas gave the Hawks a 14-point lead with just over 11 minutes remaining. Less than four minutes later, the lead reached its highest point, 18 points, on a Paalvast three-pointer. Monmouth maintained at least a 12-point lead the rest of the way.
For the game, the Hawks outshot the Jaspers, 37.5 percent (18-48) to 30.2 percent (16-53) from the floor, including a 37.5 percent (6-16) to 36.8 percent (7-19) edge from long range. The Hawks also outshot Manhattan, 64.0 percent (16-25) to 44.4 percent (4-9) from the free-throw line. The Hawks outrebounded the Jaspers, 43-36.
The Hawks conclude non-conference action Sunday, when they travel to Duke. Opening tip from Cameron Indoor Stadium is scheduled for 2 p.m.