Women’s Basketball Team Finishes Regular Season on High Note

default article imageThe women’s basketball team finished off the 2011-12 regular season with back-to-back home wins over Long Island University – Brooklyn and St. Francis (N.Y.). The Hawks finished the season third in the NEC and will host LIU Brooklyn in the first round of the conference tournament on Saturday at 4:00 pm.

Alysha Womack scored 24 points and Chanel Gomez added 11, including the go ahead basket with 0.9 second remaining. The women’s basketball team was able to defeat LIU – Brooklyn 55-54 on Saturday.

The Hawks’ win put them in a tie for third place in the Northeast Conference (NEC) with Robert Morris.

The NEC opponents played a close game throughout the contest. The Hawks led 26-25 at the break. The game featured six tied scores and 15 lead changes.

Monmouth was inbounding the ball from under the Blackbirds’ basket with 2.3 seconds left in the game trailing 54-53. Gomez checked into the game, hoping for the chance to win it. Alexis Canady inbounded the ball to Gomez on the interior, and she laid it in for the decisive basket with 0.9 second left.

LIU was forced to throw up a prayer. A three-quarter heave fell short and the Hawks celebrated their 16 win of the season.

Canady led the Blue and White with five assists. Gena Broadus paced the team with nine rebounds. Gomez added eight boards.

The Blackbirds fell to 20-9 on the season, 9-8 and seventh place in the NEC.

Forward Ashley Palmer led LIU with 19 points and eight rebounds. Ebony Davis added 13 points and seven rebounds. Kiara Evans led the Blackbirds with nine assists, and added seven rebounds and six points.

Womack score 17 points and Canaday and Chevannah Paalvast added 10 a piece in Monmouth’s 66-61 win over St. Francis (N.Y.) Monday night at the MAC.

The Blue and White have won five of their last seven games, including their last two, and head into the conference tournament with some momentum.

Monday evening, the Hawks faced off against St. Francis (NY), in their last home regular season game of the year.

The Hawks controlled the first half of play, as they headed into half time with an 11 point lead.

St. Francis (N.Y.) was within three points with 13 seconds remaining in the game. Gabby Singer made both of her free throws to put the game out of reach and secure the MU victory.

Jasmin Robinson led the Terriers with 16 points. Sarah Benedetti scored 14 and Jaymee Veney added 12 and eight rebounds.

Womack and Canady led the Hawks in rebounding with six a piece. Singer paced MU with three assists and three steals.

The Hawks swept the regular season series with LIU and look to complete the three game sweep Saturday against the Blackbirds.