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Thursday, February 22, 2007

MU women full game story vs. FDU - Hawks played well in this one..showdown Friday with def. champ Sacred Heart

By TONY GRAHAM
STAFF WRITER

WEST LONG BRANCH - If the Monmouth University women's basketball team is to make
a serious post season splash it may need a heretofore unheralded performer to
make a few waves.
Sophomore Lakia Barber threw her hat in the pool Wednesday night with her
third double figure game in a row and first career double double as the Hawks
routed Fairleigh Dickinson, 73-47, in a Northeast Conference game
at Boylan Gym.
""It's getting near the end of the season,,'' said Barber, a lanky 5-11 sophomore from
Clinton, Md.
""We're hoping for a run in the (NEC) Tournament and I'm just trying to
bring what I can bring,'' she said.
Wednesday night she brought athleticism and energy notching 12 points and 10
rebounds in 21 minutes
minutes.
Barber is averaging 13.6 points and 7.3 rebounds over the
last three games, well above her season numbers of 7.3 points and 4.3
boards.
The outcome enabled Monmouth (17-10, 10-6) to pull even with Quinnipiac
(16-7, 10-6) in the battle for a fourth place finish and a first round NEC
Tournament home game.
However, the Bobcats hold the tie-breaker over Monmouth which hosts
defending champion Sacred Heart (18-9, 13-3) and reigning NEC Player of the
Year Amanda Pape its next to last regular
season game 5 p.m. Friday.
Monmouth sophomore guard Marisa Jimenez, who struggled Monday night wearing a\
face guard for the first time to protect a fractured nose, saw clearly enough Wednesday to lead
Monmouth with 19 points, hitting 3 of 4 from downtown.
""I had to adjust my vision (Monday) and get used to something being on
my face the whole game,'' she said.
Unlike Monday night when Monmouth never had the lead in a defeat by
Central Connecticut State, it never trailed FDU (9-17, 6-10) Wednesday leading by as many as 28
points in the second half.
""This time I was used to having it on my face,'' Jimenez said. ""I was seeing
what passes I could throw and what I could do in practice.
""And I did a little extra shooting with it and everything worked out for
tonight.''
The unpredictable Hawks bore no resemeblence to Monday night's group
which, in turn, had little similarity to the Monmouth team which won at
Mount St. Mary's Saturday.
""I like this team better (than Monday's),'' said Monmouth coach Michele
Baxter. ""I put a lot of emphasis on defense. Defense and running the
floor.''
In its first meeting with Sacred Heart this season Jan. 13 in Fairfield,
Conn., Monmouth overcame a 15-0 deficit and took a second half lead before faltering.
""We've got to keep the intensity we had for this game and bring it to
Friday,'' Jimenez said.

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