WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Helena Kurt (Spanga, Sweden/Igelstavikens Gymnasium) scored a team-high 12 points, but the Monmouth University women’s basketball team fell to eight-time defending MAAC Champion Marist, 65-40, Saturday afternoon at the Multipurpose Activity Center. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 6-17 (5-7 MAAC), while the Red Foxes improve to 17-5 (11-1 MAAC).
Chevannah Paalvast (Auckland, New Zealand/Massey) added six points, a game-high nine rebounds and two assists for the Hawks. Kurt also added a team-high two steals. Christina Mitchell (Baltimore, Md./MATHS) grabbed six rebounds, while Sophie Beaudry (Chambly, Quebec/College Notre-Dame de Lourdes) had five boards. Jenny Horvatinovic (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion Area) also scored five points for the Hawks.
Leanne Ockenden and Casey Dulin had 14 points apiece for Marist, while Madeline Blais added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Dulin also added seven boards and a game-high four assists.
Marist started the game on a 10-0 run, with Ockenden starting and capping the spurt with fast-break lay-ups. Kurt broke up the run with a three-pointer and led the Hawks with six first-half points. Marist gradually worked the lead up to 13 before closing the half with the final six points to take a 19-point advantage, 36-17, into halftime.
Blais led Marist with 12 points and six rebounds, while Sydney Coffey and Ockenden had six points apiece. Tori Jarosz also grabbed six rebounds in the first half. The Red Foxes were also helped by a 13-6 discrepancy in fouls called, leading to 13-of-16 shooting from the foul line. Monmouth took just four shots from the charity stripe, making two.
The Hawks scored the first two points of the second half on a Jasmine Walker (North Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick) jumper on their first possession and gradually whittled the deficit down to 44-31 on a Mia Hopkins (Pittston, Pa./Pittston Area) jumper with 11:07 left. But Marist later went on a 16-3 run to open its largest lead of the game, 63-36, and coast to the 65-40 victory.
For the game, Marist outshot the Hawks, 37.5 percent (18-48) to 23.9 percent (16-67) from the floor and 68.3 percent (28-41) to 41.7 percent (5-12) from the free-throw line. The Red Foxes outrebounded MU, 51-44, while the Hawks took a 21.4 percent (3-14) to 7.7 percent (1-13) advantage from long range. The Hawks were handcuffed by a 29-14 foul discrepancy, resulting in 41 Marist free-throw attempts to Monmouth’s 12. Marist outscored the Hawks, 34-16, in the paint and 17-6 on second-chance opportunities.
The Hawks return to action Tuesday, when they travel to Fairfield. Opening tip from Alumni Hall is slated for 7 p.m.