WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Chevannah Paalvast (Auckland, New Zealand/Massey) compiled a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, but the Monmouth University women’s basketball team fell to Wagner, 70-57, Thursday night at the Multipurpose Activity Center. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 0-2, while the Seahawks improve to 1-1.
Jasmine Walker (North Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick) added a career-high 12 points and six rebounds, while Kasey Chambers (Belmar, N.J./St. Rose) had a career-best 10 point for Monmouth. Jordyn Peck had 21 points and seven rebounds for Wagner, while Jasmine Nwajei added 20 points and six rebounds. Lyndsay Rowe had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Ugo Nwaigwe had a game-high 11 rebounds and eight blocks.
The Hawks jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the early going on a four points from Paalvast and a transition bucket from Walker. Wagner responded with an 8-0 to pull ahead, 10-6. Nwajei led Wagner with four points in the spurt. A pair of Paalvast transition buckets tied the game at 14-14 and Monmouth held a lead until Nwajei’s transition bucket in traffic put Wagner back on top, 25-24, with 2:45 left in the half. But Monmouth outscored the Seahawks, 8-1, to close the half. Chambers capped the run with a three-pointer prior to the halftime buzzer to give Monmouth a 32-26 lead at the break.
Paalvast led all scorers with 16 points to go along with five rebounds and two ferocious blocks in the first half. Walker added six points for Monmouth. Peck led Wagner with nine points, while Nwajei added eight.
A Paalvast jumper pushed the Hawks’ advantage to eight points to open the second half. Wagner scored the next seven points to close to within one point, but after tying the game at 40-40, the Hawks pulled back ahead by four on consecutive Sara English (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West [UMass]) buckets in the paint. The game remained tied or Monmouth had a lead until Rowe hit a three with 4:34 remaining to put Wagner on top, 49-48.
A 12-2 Wagner run put the Seahawks up double-digits, 60-50, and the Hawks would get to within no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
For the game, Wagner outshot Monmouth, 35.2 percent (19-54) to 32.8 percent (22-67) from the floor, 30.0 percent (6-20) to 18.2 percent (2-11) from long range and 65.0 percent (26-40) to 50.0 percent (11-22) from the free-throw line. The Seahawks also outrebounded Monmouth, 50-43.
The Hawks return to action Tuesday when they travel to Delaware. Tip-off from Bob Carpenter Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.