An Update on Women’s Basketball

After an unfortunate loss against Stony Brook to break their four-game winning streak, the Hawks traveled to Boston, MA, to face Northeastern. Here, they picked up their eighth straight road victory, tying the longest road win streak in program history (2002-03) and making Monmouth tied with Gonzaga for the fourth-longest current road win streak in the country. 

Northeastern got off to a quick start after Maddie Vizza hit a three for the Huskies, to which Monmouth responded by taking a 5-3 lead with 8:29 left in the first. Both teams battled it out for the majority of the first quarter until efforts from senior Ariana Vanderhoop and freshman Rosalie Mercille led Monmouth on a 7-0 run with 1:58 left in the stanza. This turned into a 10-4 run to lead 17-14 after one. 

The Hawks continued to push their lead into the second quarter with four straight points and a growing score of 21-14 with 7:47 left in the second. Yirsy Queliz sank a three to trail Monmouth by four. The Hawks went on another run, scoring six straight to extend their lead once again and go into the half, 27-19, where senior Belle Kranbuhl had six points and a block.

Monmouth did not stop there and scored 10 of the first 14 points to open up play after halftime, pushing their lead to 37-23. They obtained their largest lead of the game with efforts from Vanderhoop and senior Jania Hall. Northeastern cut the deficit, ending the third on a 9-2 and trailing Monmouth by seven, 39-32. 

Derin Erodgan for Northeastern made the game 39-34 for the Huskies’ first basket of the fourth. The Hawks tallied six straight points from there to lead 45-34 with 4:39 left on the clock. Monmouth finished the game shooting 3-for-4 from the foul line in the last 30 seconds to secure their win 50-41. Monmouth shot 7-for-9 from the foul line for the entirety of the game while Northeastern shot 3-for-4. 

Hall led the team with 11 points and a season-high seven rebounds. This was her 11th game this season scoring in double figures. Kranbuhl was right behind Hall with 10 points and nine rebounds, finishing one rebound away from a double-double. 

Monmouth has been dominating on the glass and continued to prove that by outrebounding Northeastern 43-26. Monmouth walked away shooting 38% from the field and 44.4% in just the first half while holding Northeastern to 31.5%.

The Hawks finished with six blocks in the game, their 12th game this season with six or more blocks.