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Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
Release: December 30, 2012
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DURHAM, N.C. - Chevannah Paalvast (Auckland, New Zealand/Massey) scored 14 of her 15 points in the second half, but the Monmouth University women's basketball team was defeated by nationally-ranked No. 4 Duke, 73-32, Sunday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 3-8, while the Blue Devils remain undefeated at 11-0.

The Hawks' next-leading scorers were Betsy Gadziala (Whiteboro, N.Y./Whitesboro) and Shira Shecht (Pardessiya, Israel/Hadassim) with four points each. Paalvast and Gadziala also had six rebounds apiece.

Tricia Liston led Duke with 15 points, while narrowly missing a double-double with nine rebounds. Chelsea Gray added 13 points, while Haley Peters completed a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Elizabeth Williams had a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with seven points.

Duke scored the game's first six points, before Paalvast converted 1-of-2 free throws. Shecht made the Hawks' only field goal of the half at the 10:06 mark, making the Duke advantage15-3. The Blue Devils scored the final 14 points of the half to take a 29-3 edge into the locker room at halftime. Gray led the Blue Devils with eight points at the half, while Liston added seven points and eight rebounds. Williams grabbed 10 rebounds prior to the break.

Monmouth held Duke, which entered the game shooting 51.4 percent, to a season-low 32.3 percent (10-31) in the first half. However, the three points scored in the first half tied an NCAA Division I record for the fewest points in one half, set by Savannah State in 2003 against Florida State, and equaled by Tennessee State two years ago against Georgia Tech.

In the second half, the Hawks responded to four quick Duke points by getting a Gadziala lay-up and consecutive three-pointers from Paalvast. However the Hawks would draw no closer than to within 27 points the rest of the way, and Duke built a lead of as many as 46 points with 3:28 left in regulation.  

For the game, the Blue Devils outshot the Hawks, 42.9 percent (27-63) to 23.1 percent (12-52) from the floor, 36.4 percent (4-11) to 25.0 percent (4-16) from long range and 71.4 percent (15-21) to 36.4 percent (4-11) from the free-throw line. The Hawks shot 40.7 percent (11-27) in the second half after a 4.0 percent (1-25) showing in the first half. Though Duke turned the Hawks over 29 times, Monmouth took it away from the Blue Devils 24 times.

The Hawks open Northeast Conference play Saturday at Mount St. Mary's. Opening tip from Knott Arena is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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