The Monmouth University Women’s Basketball team soared as they earned a spot as one of the top road wins streak of seven.
On Feb. 2, 2024, the Monmouth University Women’s basketball team took flight as they played against Towson where they celebrated Pride Night. In the first quarter, it was a fight between the Monmouth Hawks and Towson Tigers. Monmouth took the lead of 8-4 with about six minutes left in the first. Number 23 forward Ella Farrelly made a lay-up at 3:17 which helped Monmouth gain points and lead them to an advantage of 12-8. As the quarter came to an end, Towson scored four more points, ending in a tie for the first period of 12-12.
Both teams scored two more points, leading to a 14-14 score. This led Monmouth to push an 8-0 run to gain a 22-14 advantage with little than under five minutes left until the half. Both teams battled it out on the court, with Monmouth taking the lead into the break with 29-20. In return, Towson pushed a 10-1 run in the opening of the third quarter and tied the game with 30-30 and about seven minutes left on the clock. With Monmouth calling a time-out the Hawks soared on a 10-0 run which took the score to 40-30. Number 9 guard and freshman Rosalie Mercille scored eight straight points in this run.
That marked the beginning of the Hawks’ important run. Towson briefly interrupted Monmouth’s momentum with three consecutive points, but the Hawks replied by scoring 11 points. This bumped Monmouth’s lead to 55-33 with about a minute left on the clock. Number 20 guard Jania Hall netted eight points in that run. Monmouth took the lead with 54-36 after a three, which tripled after Number 4 guard Kaci Donovan’s three-pointer at 8:49 of the fourth quarter. This gave the Hawks their largest lead of the game with a score 57-38. As the two teams continued to battle it out on the court, the Monmouth Women’s Basketball team won 64-53.
This win moved Monmouth to a 2-1 all-time against Towson. During this game, Mercille scored a game-high 16 points. Mercille scored in double figures for the second consecutive game and fourth of the season. Hall ended with ten points, bringing her season total to double figures in ten games. Number 24 center Belle Kranbuhl tallied five blocks in the competition. This was her seventh game of the season with four or more rejections. Monmouth University won the rebounding battle, 44-29. Additionally, seven Hawks grabbed at least four rebounds throughout the game. The Hawks ended with eight blocks throughout the contest. This was the Hawks’ sixth time with eight or more blocks this season.
Incredibly, the Hawks recorded 16 assists throughout the contest, and it was Monmouth’s sixth consecutive game with double-digit assists. The Monmouth University Women’s Basketball team earned its sixth CAA win. With ten games remaining, the Hawks are only three conference wins away from matching their total from last year.
On Sunday, Feb. 4, Monmouth University played against Stony Brook where they ultimately lost 62-78. It was the Hawks’ annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration. Join The Monmouth University Women’s basketball team as they verse at Northeastern on Friday, Feb. 9.