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Saturday, March 03, 2007

MU women upset Quinnipiac/advance to NEC semifinals/story for Sunday

BOX SCORE

MONMOUTH 63, QUINNIPIAC 58

Monmouth (18-12): Ferdinand 5-7 2-2 12, Zegowitz 0-4 0-0 0, Edwards 1-5 0-0 3, Ware 0-2 1-2 1, Jimenez 5-8, 3-4 15, Randolph 7-13 2-2 18, McElroy 0-1 0-0, Bender 4-9 6-7 14, Barber 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 22-51 13-17 63.

Quinnipiac (16-12): Lee 7-17 1-2 15, Lazos 0-2 0-0 0, Kaminski 3-11 0-0 7, Rooney 4-10 4-4 14, Pennewell 6-14 2-2 15, Duperron 0-0 0-0 0, Barnum 0-0 0-0 0, McFowan 2-4 2-2 7, Steele 0-1 0-1 0, Pervan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 22-60 9-11 58.

Halftime: Monmouth, 30-29. 3-point goals: Monmouth 6-16 (Edwards 1-3, Ware 0-1, Jimenez 3-4), Randolph 2-7). Quinnipiac 5-12 (Lazos 0-1, Kaminsky 1-1, Rooney 2-5, Pennewell 1-3, McFowan 1-2). Rebounds: Monmouth 42 (Bender 10). Quinnipiac 28 (Lee 7). Assists: Monmouth 12 (Edwards 4). Quinnipiac 7 (Rooney 5).



By TONY GRAHAM
STAFF WRITER

The Monmouth University women's basketball team Saturday celebrated its first victory in a Northeast Conference Tournament game in three years.

""This group of kids, they needed that first (NEC Tournament)) win,'' said Michele Baxter, Monmouth coach, after the No. 5 seeded Hawks upset No. 4 Quinnipiac, 63-58, in a quarterfinal round game in Hamden, Conn.

""We said we've got to get the monkey off our backs and we did,'' said Baxter who gained her first NEC Tournament win.

Monmouth had not won in the event since reaching the 2004 championship game when the Hawks were coached by Jackie DeVane.

""Also, for our own confidence, we needed to beat a quality team on the road,'' Baxter said. ""We didn't get it done during the regular season.''

Behind a four-player double figure attack which included some late clutch shooting from Jennifer Bender and Rachel Ferdinand the Hawks (18-12) advanced to a 7 p.m. Tuesday semifinal at defending champion and No. 3 Sacred Heart (20-9). The Pioneers defeated Mount St. Mary's Saturday, 70-67.

Sacred Heart swept two games from Monmouth during the regular season but the Hawks had also fallen Jan. 15 at Quinnipiac (16-12) in the only game between the teams this season.

"'This was very exciting, we wanted this game so bad, it did a lot for our program,'' said Bender who scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. ""Everyone thought we were going to lose,'' she said.

The 6-1 sophomore, shooting only 63 percent from the foul line during the season, sank the front end of a one-and-one to widen a 60-58 Monmouth lead with 9.6 seconds left.

She missed her second attempt but snared the rebound and then hit two more from the line to put the game away. """I wanted every rebound,'' said Bender

""A big story line in the game, second shots,'' said Tricia Fabbri, Quinnpiac coach. ""We said that's what it was going to come down to, playing tougher than them off the boards.''

Monmouth outrebounded Quinnipiac, 42-28. "
"They're so aggressive and really got after it,'' Fabbri said.

""That was the edge they needed to beat us today.''

Ferdinand, a sophomore forward who scored a career high tying 12 points, nailed a running shot in the lane with 1:56 remaining.

The basket provided Monmouth a 60-56 lead. after Quinnipiac had mounted a rally from a seven-point deficit.
""A huge shot,'' said Baxter.

A three by sophomore Marisa Jimenez (15 points) sent Monmouth ahead for good, 53-51 with 5:34 left, and a three-point play by Bender made it 58-51 with 3:19 showing.

Vernoica Randolph paced the Hawks with 18 points and seven rebounds. The junior made two 3-point baskets as she scored Monmouth's first 10 points of the second half.

Junior point guard Brianne Edwards, who battled though a knee injury to play 32 minutes, hit a 3-point basket, had four assists, and one steal.

Quinnipiac played without its leading scorer, sophomore point guard Erin Kerner (17 ppg.), who suffered a season ending knee injury last month.

Also Saturday St. Francis, N.Y. became the first No. 8 seed in the history of the NEC Tournament to upset the No. 1 seed when the Terriers (12-18) registered a 61-51 victory over Long Island U. (22-8). St. Francis will play at No. 2 Robert Morris (22-7) in the other semifinal Tuesday.

Robert Morris eliminated No. 7 Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday, 69-55.


e-mail tonygsports@aol.com.

5 Comments:

Blogger Tony Graham said...

Nice win for the women. Biggest hoop in the game may have been Ferdinand's that held off the QU rally. All-around solid effort. Big foul shots at the end by JB.

Sacred Heart a tough assignment Tuesday.

7:30 PM, March 03, 2007  
Blogger JMG1MON said...

I agree Tony, that was a huge hoop. I watched on the QU feed. Glad to see the ladies won today. Best of luck against Sacred Heart.

10:35 PM, March 03, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I also watched it via the QU feed, then talked with the MU women via cf after the game.

It cut out and froze a lot on me..but it was better than nothing.

But my point here is...MU is considering this same service for 2007-2008 beginning with football and then on into hoops. I urge fans to send e-mails to the AD, president, whoever you have to, to ask they follow though on this.

Not only will this be a great service for MU fans but I am certain is a MUST now in recruiting as some schools in the NEC and many leagues already provide web streams.


The SHU game is also on the web but there is a fee (like $6.95) for it. I wonder if it's worth it...hopefully MU will provide it for free..at least for starters...

10:49 PM, March 03, 2007  
Blogger JMG1MON said...

I would love for that to happen. I will definitely email our AD and President in order to try and get this to happen. If it does occur, I have a feeling there will be a fee though. It appears as though the new athletic site already has the option of signing up to become a paying customer to get more features. While free would be nice, I would definitely be willing to pay a small fee to be able to watch the games live, esp. since I listen to most of them now anyways.

1:01 PM, March 04, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I believe the on line streaming is in the plans at MU...but fans should let MU know how much it would mean for them to follow through on this...and by as soon as next fall.

1:14 PM, March 04, 2007  

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