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Saturday, January 27, 2007

MU women are over tuned


WEST LONG BRANCH - The Monmouth University women's basketball team buckled

Saturday under Robert Morris' pressing defense, eventually going to its


"It (the defeat) was because of turnovers,'' said Monmouth center Jennifer


Truer words were never spoken.
The Hawks succumbed to 25 turnovers leading to 33

Robert Morris

points helping the Colonials make off with an 81-72 Northeast Conference

victory at Boylan Gymnasium.

Monmouth (11-8, 4-4), which began the day having posted NEC wins over

teams with a

combined league record off9-24 (37 percent), had fallen to teams with a

combined NEC mark of 20-5 (80 percent).

But its hopes of finding its way into the upper

NEC's upper echelon at the expense of the third place Colonials (13-6, 7-2),

were scuttled early.

Five turnovers, mostly under its own basket, led to 10 relatively easy

RMU points in the first 4:15 quickly dropping Monmouth into a double digit hole.

""It's (turnovers) just miscommunication, or rushing, not taking the

(necessary) time,''said Bender.

The 6-1 sophomore from Staten Island registered her fourth career double double with

24 points and 11 rebounds (six offensive) in 24 minutes off the bench.
""I just had to box out, I know they can all jump,'' said Bender.

Marisa Jiminez had 12 points and Brianne Edwards 10 for Monmouth which

battled back.

It gained two brief one-point leads early in the second half but then faded


Monmouth coach Michele Baxter said the game plan was to move the ball,

spread the floor, and work the clock.

""We were up by one point and all of a sudden we deviate from what

we're going to do,'' Baxter said. ""It like snowballs,'' she said. ''I hope

it's because we're young (Monmouth has just one senior). We have to become

more disciplined. We have to stick with the game plan.''

Sal Buscaglia, RMU coach, said the Colonials only began pressing in recent


""We've been trying to make it a more up tempo game and it's a strategy we've

been using lately,'' he said. ""I think it did affect them.''

Chanita Nesbit, a 6-2 Robert Morris junior scored 21 points, had seven

rebounds, and made four steals.


Champion, a 6-0 senior, came off the bench to add 20 points shooting 7-for-8 from

the floor.



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