SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Chevannah Paalvast (Auckland, New Zealand/Massey) scored a team-high 18 points but the Monmouth University women’s basketball team fell to Bowling Green, 71-48, Sunday morning in the final round of the Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge at the MassMutual Center. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 0-7 on the year, while the Falcons improve to 7-1. For her effort, Paalvast was named Monmouth’s Player of the Game by the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Jasmine Walker (North Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick) added a career-high 13 points, six rebounds and two steals. Jamiyah Bethune (Union, N.J./Union) also chipped in a career-high seven points for the Hawks. The Falcons were led by Deborah Hoekstra, who scored 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-4 from long range. Miriam Justinger added 16 points and five rebounds, while Erica Donovan also scored in double figures with 11 points. Jill Stein contributed five points, a game-high eight rebounds and four assists.
Both teams struggled to find offensive rhythm in the early going, but second-chance points allowed BGSU to take an early 12-6 lead, including six points from Alexis Rogers. The Hawks closed the deficit to two, before the score remained 15-12 for nearly six and a half minutes as defense took over on both sides. The Falcons broke the drought on Hoekstra’s three-pointer at the 6:32 mark. Monmouth again battled back to within one point, 25-24, on Walker’s three-pointer with 1:56 left in the half. However the Falcons scored the half’s final five points to take a 30-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Paalvast led Monmouth with 10 points at the break, while Walker added eight points. Hoekstra paced BGSU with 11 points, including three trifectas.
Bowling Green started the second half on a 17-2 run to extend to a 22-2 spurt going back to the closing minutes of the first half, to effectively put the game away. The Falcons’ lead extended to as many as 34 points, 71-37, with 3:53 left in regulation. Monmouth ended the game with an 11-0 run to account for the final score of 71-48. Bethune scored six of the 11 points, while Walker hit a three and Sophie Beaudry (Chambly, Quebec/College-Notre Dame de Lourdes) knocked down a pair of free throws.
For the game, Bowling Green outshot the Hawks, 44.3 percent (27-61) to 39.5 percent (17-43) from the floor, 42.9 percent (6-14) to 27.3 percent (3-11) from long range and 84.6 percent (11-13) to 78.6 percent (11-14) from the free-throw line. The Falcons took a 36-29 edge on the glass and a 21-14 advantage in turnovers. BGSU outscored Monmouth, 26-8, in the paint, 17-5 off turnovers, 19-4 on second-chance points and 24-11 in bench scoring.
The Hawks return home Tuesday to play host to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Tip-off from the Multipurpose Activity Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.