WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Alysha Womack (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara)
scored 24 points and Carly Thibault (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) added 17
points as the Monmouth University women's basketball team defeated LIU
Brooklyn, 69-60, Monday night at the Multipurpose Activity Center. With the
win, the Hawks improve to 12-12 (9-4 NEC), while the Blackbirds fall to 5-19
Womack made her first seven
shots from inside the three-point arc en route to her point production.
Thibault went 3-for-5 from long range and connected on all six of her
free-throw attempts. Abigail Martin (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) also chipped in
eight points, six rebounds, three blocks and two steals, while Gabby Singer
(Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) had seven points, six rebounds, three assists
and three steals.
Tamika Guz led LIU Brooklyn
with 19 points and two blocks, while Krystal Wells had 12 points and four
assists. Letava Whippy had a game-high nine assists to go along with six
points, five rebounds and two steals.
The first half concluded with
the Hawks holding a three-point edge, 35-32. After the Blackbirds scored the
game's first four points, the Hawks maintained a lead for much of the initial
stanza. With LIU holding a 6-5 lead, Monmouth went on a 7-0 run and scored 12
of the next 16 points to take a seven point lead, 17-10, on Thibault's
three-pointer. The Blackbirds scored six straight and 10 of the next 12 points
to retake a one-point lead, 20-19, on Cleandra Roberts' lay-up at the 9:05
mark. But six straight points gave Monmouth a five-point lead and the Hawks
would hold the advantage for the rest of the period.
Womack led all scorers with
15 points at the half on 7-of-10 shooting, including all six of her attempts from
inside the three point arc. Thibault also chipped in with seven points. Guz led
the Blackbirds with 10 points at the break.
Womack would stretch to
seven-straight made baskets inside the three-point arc, before her eighth
attempt wouldn't fall. The Hawks ran out to a seven-point lead, 44-37, on a
pair of free throws from Thibault, before the Blackbirds went on a 7-0 run to the
game at 44-44. Guz scored twice to spark the run, before Wells buried a three
to tie the game. After Betsy Gadziala (Whitesboro, N.Y./Whitesboro) converted
in the paint, Cleandra Roberts gave the Blackbirds the lead with an excuse-me,
But Thibault's three-pointer
two possessions later at the 10:38 mark gave the Hawks a lead, and after the
Blackbirds tied the game at 51-51, Womack's jumper at the 7:51 mark put
Monmouth on top for good. The Hawks' lead stretched to eight points on four
occasions, before pushing to nine on the second of Singer's free throws with 17
seconds remaining in the game.
For the game, the Blackbirds
took a 46.3 percent (25-54) to 45.6 percent (26-57) edge from the floor and a
50.0 percent (5-10) to 41.7 percent (5-12) advantage from long range. Monmouth
took an 80.0 percent (12-15) to 71.4 percent (5-7) edge from the free-throw
line and turned 22 LIU turnovers into a 26-16 advantage in points off
turnovers. Rebounds were an even 32-32, but the Hawks turned 14 offensive
boards into 19 points and a 19-9 edge in second-chance points. LIU took a 32-16
advantage in points in the paint.
The Hawks continue Northeast
Conference play on the road Wednesday night, when they travel to Hamden, Conn.,
to make up the regularly-scheduled Feb. 11 game that was snowed out. Opening
tip from the TD Bank Sports Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.