WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Senior forward Shira Shecht (Pardessiya, Israel/Haddasim) scored a career-high 13 points and junior forward Sara English (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West [UMass]) matched her career-high with 12 rebounds, but the Monmouth University women’s basketball team fell to Yale, 64-55, Saturday afternoon at the Multipurpose Activity Center. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 0-1, while the Bulldogs improve to 1-0.
Sophomore guard Jasmine Walker (North Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick) added eight points, while freshman guard Mia Hopkins (Pittston, Pa./Pittston Area) added seven points and nine rebounds.
Hayden Latham led four Yale players in double figures with 14 points. Meredith Boardman narrowly missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds, while Janna Graf and Katie Werner had 10 points and six rebounds each. Sarah Halejian added eight points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals.
The Hawks gradually built up a six-point lead in the first half, 19-13, on the strength of four early points each from Christina Mitchell (Baltimore, Md./MATHS), Chevannah Paalvast (Auckland, New Zealand/Massey) and Walker. Yale went on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 19-19, but the Hawks managed to rebuild a four-point lead, 25-21. A pair of Graf three-pointers tied the game for the fourth time at 27-27, and after the two teams traded two-point buckets, Shecht nailed a straightaway three in the closing seconds of the half to give Monmouth a 32-29 edge at the break.
Monmouth opened the second half on a 10-0 run to go on top, 42-29. Walker scored four points in the spurt to pace the Hawks, while Shecht, English and Kasey Chambers (Belmar, N.J./St. Rose) also scored in the stretch. But Yale immediately responded with a 12-0 run and 15 of the next 17 points to tie the game at 44-44 with 9:55 left to play. Five different Bulldogs scored during the run, led by four points each from Latham and Katie Werner.
Yale took its first lead of the game on Boardman’s jumper at the 7:37 mark and extended the lead to 50-46 on an Arrice Bryant lay-up 23 seconds later. Monmouth quickly responded with six-straight points on a Hopkins jumper, a Helena Kurt (Spanga, Sweden/Igelstavikens Gymnasium) fast-break lay-up and another Hopkins transition lay-up while being fouled to put the Hawks back in front, 52-50, with 6:07 left in regulation.
But Yale scored 13 straight points to take an 11-point lead with 13 seconds remaining. Kurt hit a jumper with six seconds left to account for the final score of 64-55.
For the game, the Hawks outshot the Bulldogs, 35.5 percent (22-62) to 27.9 percent (19-68) from the floor. Yale took a 42.9 percent (6-14) to 7.7 percent (1-13) edge from long range and a 54.1 percent (20-37) to 52.6 percent (10-19) advantage from the free-throw line. Yale outrebounded Monmouth, 59-48.
The Hawks return to action Thursday, when they play host to Wagner. Tip-off from the Multipurpose Activity Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.