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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Full MU women's story of MSM game

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MONMOUTH (16-9, 9-5) 60: Ferdinand 1-2 0-0 2, Zegowitz 1-3 0-0 2, Randolph 2-3 1-1 7, Edwards 2-6 2-3 7, Jimenez 7-10 7-9 23, Ware 1-4 0-0 2, McElroy 0-1 0-0 0, Bender 3-6 0-1 6, Barber 4-10 4-4 12. Totals: 21-45 13-17 60.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (11-14, 9-6): Krumberger 6-11 12-16 25, Franklin 1-5 4-4 6, Green 4-13 1-1 9, Gauthier 0-2 0-0 0, Liller 2-10 0-0 5, Oliver 0-0 0-0 0, Mazzuchi 1-6 0-0 3, Butler 4-6 1-2 9. Totals: 18-53 18-23 57.

Halftime: Monmouth 24-20. 3-point goals: Monmouth 5-9 (Randolph 2, Jimenez 2, Edwards. Mount St. Mary's 3-10 (Mazzuchi, Liller, Krumberger). Asssists: Monmouth 12 (Edwards 5). Mount St. Mary's 7 (Gauthier 3). Rebounds: Monmouth 35 (Randolph 9). Moungt St. Mary's 28 (Krumberger, Butler 7).


EMMITSBURG, Md. - Marisa Jimenez never hestitated. Fresh off a late-game time out, the sophomore guard took a pass from junior Brianne Edwards and drained a 3 that sent the Monmouth University women's basketball team ahead for good in Saturday's 60-57 Northeast Conference victory over Mount St. Mary's.

""It's a spread for Bri (Edwards),'' said Jimenez of the basket with two minutes showing that gave Monmouth (16-9, 9-5) a 57-55 lead and a season series sweep of the Mount (11-14, 9-6).

""And when Bri drove to the left my girl (defender) collapsed to the ball side and that's when she gave it to me,'' said Jimenez.

The victory enabled Monmouth, which has clinched a berth in the NEC Tournament, to keep alive its hopes for a first round home game.

As the ball swished through the net Jimenez, who scored a career high 23 points, flicked her wrist in a semi salute and grinned. ""It looked good, it felt good,'' said Jimenez.

The basket also wiped out a comeback by the Mount that had seen it erase a 14-point Monmouth lead. Senior Ditka Krumberger scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Mount in the type of game Monmouth may well have lost last season.

"We've got a year under our belt, we're a little bit more mature,'' said Jimenez. ""All of us were talking to each other, getting ourselves back up, the confidence was rising, and that's how it worked out.''

Jimenez basket also brought a roar from many in the small crowd at the Knott Arena who came to root on the Hawks.

In particular they were cheering for sophomore Lakia Barber and juniors Lindsey Zegowitz, and Nyaimah Ware, and freshman Brooke McElroy who hail from the Maryland-Virginia area.

""I thought they were louder than the Mount fans,'' said Jimenez. ""I thought we were at home.''

The Monmouth supporters included Barber's uncle Fred McCoy, who she said formerly played at Kansas State. ""He's like my coach,'' said Barber who had 12 points and six rebounds.

Her layup off a feed from Edwards (five assists, two turnovers) with 1:17 left gave Monmouth a 59-55 lead. ""It's good having him (McCoy) yelling and screaming, "Play hard, play aggressive, ' '' said Barber.

""It was exciting having my family at the game. I had a smile on my face the whole time.''

Monmouth coach Michele Baxter said she was especially pleased about her sophomores, Barber, Jimenez, Jennifer Bender, and Rachel Ferdinand, all of whom contributed Saturday.

""They're not really playing like sophomores,'' Baxter said. ""They're persevering.'' The Mount had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds. A 3-point try by Dominique Mazzuchi (a 41-percent shooter from deep) hit the front rim and Jimenez grabbed the rebound as the buzzer sounded.


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