NEWARK, Del. – Senior forward Shira Shecht (Pardessiya, Israel/Hadassim) scored a career-high 20 points and knocked down four three-pointers, but the Monmouth University women’s basketball team fell to Delaware, 72-58, Tuesday night at the Bob Carpenter Center. Monmouth outscored the Blue Hens, 35-31, in the second half, but fall to 0-3 on the season. Delaware improves to 3-1 with the win.
Chevannah Paalvast (Auckland, New Zealand/Massey) added 16 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double in as many games. Kasey Chambers (Belmar, N.J./St. Rose) also chipped in with eight points, all in the first half.
Courtni Green led Delaware with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from long range. Erika Brown added 14 points on the strength of four three-pointers, while Kelsey Buchanan added 12 points and eight rebounds. Shanice Johnson also chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds for the Blue Hens.
A pair of long jumpers, one from long range, from Chambers helped the Hawks erase a 4-0 Delaware lead in the early going as part of a 7-0 Monmouth run. Delaware scored seven of the next eight points to extend to a 14-8 lead, before the Hawks scored seven straight to retake the lead, 15-14. Monmouth did its damage on a slick Danica Dragicevic (Belgrade, Serbia/XV Beogradska Gimnazija) pass to Christina Mitchell (Baltimore, Md./MATHS) for a lay-up, a Shecht three-pointer and another bucket from Paalvast.
Delaware surged back ahead with eight-straight points before Shecht broke up the surge with another trifecta. After another Chambers three-pointer and a Paalvast two-point bucket, Delaware scored the final nine points of the first half to take a 41-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Chambers led Monmouth with eight first-half points, while Paalvast and Shecht added six points apiece. Paalvast led all rebounders with seven at the half. Buchanan led Delaware with 10 points and five rebounds, while Joy Caracciolo added seven points and five rebounds off the bench.
Monmouth opened the second half on a 14-2 run to close the deficit to six points. Shecht scored nine points in the spurt, including a three-pointer at the 18:58 mark. Paalvast opened the run with a three, while Sara English (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West [UMass]) contributed a putback. Delaware negated the Hawks’ momentum with a 12-0 run to reestablish an 18-point cushion. The closest Monmouth would get the rest of the way was within 12 points.
For the game, Monmouth outshot Delaware, 40.4 percent (21-52) to 37.0 percent (27-73), including a 47.1 percent (8-17) to 45.5 percent (10-22) edge from long range. Delaware took a 61.5 percent (8-13) to 57.1 percent (8-14) advantage from the free-throw line and outrebounded the Hawks, 46-39.
The Hawks return to action Friday when they travel to Storrs, Conn., to begin play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Classic. Friday’s game against St. Bonaventure is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Gampel Pavilion.