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2023-24 Monmouth Women's Basketball Game Nine Preview

Monmouth Hawks (4-4) at Lafayette (4-5)
Monday, Dec. 11, 2023 - 6:00 p.m.  
Kirby Sports Center - Easton, Pa.

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OPENING TIP
• Monmouth plays the final game of a three-game road swing as it visits Lafayette this evening.
• It's the middle game of a three game stretch for the Hawks against teams from the Patriot League (American, Lafayette, Loyola). The Hawks have 32 wins all-time against Patriot League opponents.
Jania Hall is coming off a career-high 18 point performance at American to lead the Hawks.
• MU improves to 3-0 this season when it scores 70 or more points in a game.
• Monmouth pulled down 40 rebounds at American on Wednesday night. The Hawks are 3-1 when this season when they record 40 or more rebounds in a game.
Taisha Exanor had 10 points at American and has now scored in double figures in back-to-back games.
• Monmouth has recorded back-to-back road wins. It's the first time since the 2021-22 season that the Hawks have won back-to-back road games.
• The Hawks posted their second highest field goal percentage of the season at American (48.1%). The Hawks are 3-1 this season when they shoot 40% or better from the field.
• Monmouth matched its season-high with 17 free throws made at American. Jania Hall led the way in that category as she was 5-for-6 from the charity stripe.
• 60 is the magic number for the Hawks this season. Monmouth is 4-0 when scoring 60 or more points in a game and 0-4 when being held to 59 points or less.
• The Hawks moved to 4-2 on the season when they outrebound their opponent. Monmouth is 3-0 on the year when it wins the rebounding battle by a +10 margin.
HAVE A DAY HALL
Jania Hall turned in a career-performance for the Hawks on Wednesday night at American. The senior, who grew up a half an hour from American's campus, poured in a career-high 18 points, including 11 in the second quarter. Hall finished the game shooting 6-for-8 from the field and 5-for-6 from the charity stripe. It was the second time this season that Hall has established a new career-best.

CLEANING THE GLASS
Monmouth pulled down 40 rebounds against American. Nine different Hawks recorded at least one rebound in that contest and eight had four or more rebounds. Five Hawks each grabbed five rebounds while Rosalie Mercille chipped in with a season-high four rebounds.

The Hawks are 3-1 this season when they pull down 40 or more rebounds in a game and 3-0 when they win the rebounding battle by a +10 margin. Last season the Hawks were 8-3 when they pulled down 40 or more rebounds in a game. Belle Kranbuhl is averaging a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game while four other Hawks are averaging better than four rebounds per game.

SWEET 70
The Hawks have scored at least 70 points in three games this year and claimed victory in each. Last year the Hawks went 9-1 when they scored 70 or more points in a game. Under head coach Ginny Boggess, the Hawks are an impressive 14-2 when they score 70 or more points in a game.

WE'LL TAKE THE CHARITY
Monmouth matched its season-high with 17 free throws made in the win at American on Wednesday night. Eight Hawks made at least one free throw in the contest as Jania Hall led the way by going 5-for-6 from the charity stripe.

Monmouth is 3-1 this season when it makes 10 or more free throws in a game. Ariana Vanderhoopis the team's best free throw shooter this season as she is 16-for-21 (76.2%) from the charity stripe.

FABULOUS AND FORTY
Monmouth shot 48.1% from the field against American. It was the fourth time this season, the Hawks have shot 40% or better from the field and have a 3-1 mark in those contests. Monmouth's best field goal percentage in a game this year came against St. John's when the Hawks shot 50% on the nose. Last year the Hawks were 12-7 in games where they shot 40% or better from the field.

SEEING DOUBLE
Senior Taisha Exanor poured in 10 points in the win over American. It was the second straight game and third time this season that Exanor has scored in double figures. It is the ninth time in her career that she has scored in double figures in a game.

VERSUS THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
Monmouth plays the middle game of a three game stretch against the Patriot League (American, Lafayette and Loyola). The Hawks have registered 32 wins all-time against schools that are currently members of the Patriot League. Monmouth has had its best success against Loyola (8-4). The Hawks have winning records against Lehigh (7-5), Colgate (4-0), Loyola (8-4), Lafayette (5-3) and Navy (4-2).

SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS
Lafayette sits at 4-5 and is comin off a 96-42 loss at No. 14 Notre Dame last time out. Abby Antogonli is averaging a team-best 13.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Makayla Andrews is adding 11.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.\

UP NEXT
Monmouth takes a break for finals and will return to action on Friday, Dec. 22 to host Loyola (Md.).

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