Last updateWed, 14 Oct 2020 1pm


Women's Basketball Seasons Tip Off

default article imageTrailing by as many as 12 in the second half, Women’s Basketball’s comeback attempt fell short, falling 73-67 at East Carolina on Friday night.

“We showed a lot of fight to battle back into this game after going down by so much,” said Head Coach Jody Craig. “Our defense came up big and we gave ourselves a chance to come back and win this game.”

Junior guard Sierra Green led Monmouth with 19 points, including five three-point shots.

Freshman forward Lucy Thomas had a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in what was her second career game.

The Pirates opened the game with five straight points, forcing Monmouth to call a timeout after just a minute and 28 seconds of play.

East Carolina continued their first quarter push, extending their lead to 18-2 with 3:20 remaining in the first quarter.

The Hawks closed the quarter strong, going on an 8-1 run to make it 19-10 after ten minutes of play.

Monmouth was able to cut the deficit to as little as six in the second quarter, but went into halftime down 44-36. Green had four three-point shots in the quarter.

Halfway through the third quarter, Monmouth embarked on a 10-0 scoring run to get within three points with 4:23 remaining in the frame.

Thomas hit three three-point shots in the third, her last bringing her team within two with just under four minutes left in the quarter. East Carolina went into the fourth quarter with a 60-53 lead.

In the fourth, Monmouth once again came back, as Green hit a three and senior center Erica Balman sank a free throw to bring the Hawks to within one, 60-59, with 7:57 remaining.

The game became a defensive battle after that, as it remained that score through to the media timeout in the quarter.

Monmouth cut it to one once again with 2:23 left, but the Pirates pulled away on five free throws in the final 34 seconds.

Monmouth shot 35 percent from the field, and 50 percent from three. They went 10-18 (55 percent) from the free throw line.

Eleven of the 12 players that saw the court for the Hawks scored. Monmouth turned the ball over 34 times in the contest.

“Decision-making and turnovers cost us an opportunity to get a great road win. We have to learn how to finish a game,” Craig said.

The Hawks next headed to Lehigh where they were defeated yesterday morning, 63-48.

Monmouth came as close to being within three points of Lehigh with 8:45 left in the third quarter, but a 31-19 run from then on gave the Mountain Hawks a comfortable win.

Monmouth dropped to 0-3 on the young season with the loss.

Next, the Hawks will fly south to take on Virginia Tech. Friday’s game is set for a 7:00 p.m. tip off and can be streamed live on ESPN3.

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