MOUNT ST. MARY'S DEFEATS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL, 70-51
EMMITSBURG, Md. - Chevannah Paalvast (Auckland, New Zealand/Massey) scored a game-high 18 points, but the Monmouth University women's basketball team was defeated by Mount St. Mary's, 70-51, Saturday afternoon at Knott Arena. With the loss in their conference opener, the Hawks fall to 3-9 (0-1 NEC), while the Mountaineers improve to 5-7 (1-0 NEC).
Carly Thibault (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) added 15 points for the Hawks, including three three-pointers. Adriana Allen (Ajax, Ontario/Pickering) chipped in eight points, while Abigail Martin (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) had a game-high nine rebounds.
Sydney Henderson led the Mount with 16 points, while Tara Lonergan added 14 points. Jacqueline Brewer and Kayla Grossett also had nine points each.
The two teams exchanged runs in the first half and the Mount came away with an eight-point lead after 20 minutes. The Mountaineers scored nine of the first 12 points to jump out to a six-point lead. A Martin jumper and an Allen three-pointer cut the Mount lead to one, 9-8. After the Mountaineers reestablished an eight-point cushion with a 7-0 run, Monmouth countered with six-straight points to cut the deficit to two, 16-14.
The game remained within four points until Mount St. Mary's scored seven of the last 10 points to extend the lead to 30-22 at the break. Paalvast led all scorers with 10 points at the half, while Brewer led Mount St. Mary's with eight points.
The Mountaineers quickly extended to a double-digit lead in the second half. Kasey Chambers' (Belmar, N.J./St. Rose) three-pointer cut the deficit to nine with 12:47 remaining, but the Hawks would draw no closer. The Mount St. Mary's lead swelled to as many as 26 points on a fast-break lay-up by Grossett with 2:51 remaining.
For the game, the Mountaineers outshot the Hawks, 51.9 percent (27-52) to 27.9 percent (17-61) from the floor, 37.5 percent (6-16) to 30.4 percent (7-23) from long range and 71.4 percent (10-14) to 62.5 percent (10-16) from the free-throw line. The Mount edged the Hawks on the boards, 39-38, and took a 32-14 edge in points in the paint.
The Hawks return to Northeast Conference play Monday at Wagner. Opening tip from Spiro Sports Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.