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Saturday, February 03, 2007

MU women celebrate national day with a win/for Sunday Press

Well..I got here in time to see the last 10 minutes..so I wrote the story



By TONY GRAHAM
STAFF WRITER

WEST LONG BRANCH - Every year the Monmouth University women's basketball
team has a special place in its heart for its celebration of
National Girls and Women In Sports Day.
""We look forward to this, we know we're going to have a big crowd,
said forward Charisse Johnson, Monmouth's only senior after the Hawks
whipped St. Francis, New York Saturday, 65-47, before 1,785 at Boylan Gym.
""It's about getting women out and playing sports,'' said Johnson of the
annual occasion established in 1986 to
celebrate the achievements of girls and women in sports.
""We (women) have so much opportunity now,'' said Johnson, who said she
plans to attend law school. ""So many females today are playing a lot of
sports, basketball especially.''
Brianne Edwards, Monmouth junior guard, called the day important in
showing how far women have progressed in collegiate athletics.
""Women have come so far from where they've been,'' she said. ""No women
are playing (ice) hockey and so many other sports.''
Saturday the point guard played one of her finest all around gmes in a Monmouth
uniform scoring 15 points, grabbing eight ebounds, dishing off three assists
with just one turnover for the Hawks (13-8, 6-4).
Despite trailing the Terriers (8-14, 3-8) early 11-2, Monmouth made good use of the shot clock to run its offense efficiently.
Six points in 11 seconds, a four point play and two free throws by sophomore
guard Marisa Jimenez tied the score, 23-23, and Monmouth never trailed after
junior Veronica Randolph swished a trey for a 28-26 lead 3:03 before
halftime.
Monmouth shot 63 percent (12-for-19) in the second half when it opened a
21-point lead in the final minute.
The Monmouth defense controlled St. Francis 6-8 junior center Katja Bavendam (14.8 ppg.
9.8 rpg.) who ended with 13 points and seven rebounds.
""We did a lot of double-teaming,'' said Monmouth coach Michele Baxter.
""We focused on our post players keeping her out of the paint as much as
possible''
Former Monmouth softball standouts Dawn Marino, a physical therapist
in Freehold who graduated from Middletown North High School, and Danae
Stillitano, the 1998 NEC Player of the Year, were honored at halftime as part
of the NGWSD celebration.

e-mail tonygsports@aol.com

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