Monmouth used strong starts at the start of each half to defeat the Canisius women’s basketball team 64-56 on Friday afternoon.
Junior Kayla Hoohuli led Canisius with 18 points, topping double figures for the fifth time this season, and four 3-pointers. Freshman Lauren D’Hont scored a career-high 13 points in 24 minutes off the Canisius bench. The Griffs made nine 3-pointers in the game but couldn’t overcome 19 turnovers, 30 points in the paint by Monmouth and a 47.2 field goal percentage by the Hawks.
“I thought they played harder than us, especially on the defensive end where I don’t feel like we are digging in and trying to get stops,” Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. “Early in the game our turnovers hurt us, and I didn't think we are getting enough good looks in the flow of our offense.”
Monmouth jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead and built a 12-4 advantage as the Hawks made their first five shots of the game. Canisius battled back into the contest and tied the game at 16-16 after the second of back-to-back 3-pointers from Hoohuli. Monmouth scored the next five points and maintained its lead for the rest of the game as Canisius never led in the contest. Both teams shot over 40 percent in the first half but each team also committed at least 13 turnovers as Monmouth took a six-point lead into the locker room.
The Hawks scored the first six points of the second half to go up by a dozen points. D’Hont and Hoohuli would combine for the first 11 points of the second half for Canisius. The Griffs kept Monmouth within striking distance and cut the deficit to 52-47 after a layup from Hoohuli with just under 10 minutes left.
On the next possession, Monmouth came down and got a 3-pointer from Helena Kurt to push the lead back to eight points. That 3-pointer sparked a nine-point spurt for the Hawks, who kept Canisius off the scoreboard for more than six minutes after the Hoohuli layup.
Jasmine Walker led Monmouth (3-13, 2-3 MAAC) with 14 points and nine rebounds while Jamiyah Bethune had 11 points and Kurt had 10 points. The Hawks shot 47.2 percent from the floor and 50 percent from behind the arc.
Canisius (5-10, 1-5 MAAC) concludes its trip to the state of New Jersey when the Golden Griffins take on Rider University on Sunday. Tipoff in Lawrenceville is set for 2 p.m.
Notes: Canisius and Monmouth met for the first time…Hoohuli made four 3-pointers in a game for the eighth time in her career… D’Hont scored in double figures for the third time in her career... Hoohuli played at least 37 minutes for the third time in four games… Canisius was out-scored in the paint (30-14) for the first time in eight games… The nine 3-pointers for Canisius were the most since making 10 at Buffalo on Nov. 27… Canisius scored a season-high 21 points off the 19 Monmouth turnovers.