No. 7 Monmouth Wins First CAA Women’s Basketball Championship Defeating No.1 Towson 80-55

No. 7 Monmouth Wins First CAA Women’s Basketball Championship Defeating No.1 Towson 80-55

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TOWSON, Md. (March 12, 2023)
– Seventh-seeded Monmouth became the first team in league history to win four games in four days and earn the CAA Women’s Basketball Title, defeating top-seeded Towson 80-55 in the finals of the CAA Women’s Basketball Championship presented by Primis Sunday afternoon at SECU Arena.
The Hawks defeated the top three seeds, and co-regular season champions, topping No. 2 Drexel, No. 3 Northeastern and No. 1 Towson during their magical run, becoming the lowest seed in conference history to cut down the nets.

Monmouth (18-15) will represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament after winning the league’s automatic qualifying bid in its first CAA season. It will be the first appearance in the Big Dance for the Hawks since 1983, and they will learn their fate at 8 p.m. this evening during the NCAA DI Women’s Basketball selection show on ESPN. Towson falls to 21-11, but will make its second straight WNIT appearance as the CAA’s automatic qualifier.
Bri Tinsley led Monmouth in scoring for the fourth time in as many games during the tournament, recording a game-high 18 points, and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the CAA Championship. Ariana Vanderhoop, who had her best performance in the championship game, scored 16 of her 17 points in the first half and added eight rebounds to kickstart the Hawks on Sunday.
Alexia Nelson paced Towson with 13 points, and Kylie Kornegay-Lucas reached double figures for the third time in the tournament, adding 12 points for Towson. 
Monmouth hit its first four shots from the floor and sprinted out to a 10-0 lead just 1:50 into the game. Tinsley opened the scoring with a three from the top of the key before seven straight points from Vanderhoop, who had 12 in the frame. The Hawks pushed the lead to as many as 13 (15-2) before taking a 22-14 advantage after one quarter.

Trailing 28-19 at the 6:34 mark in the second, Towson rattled off an 8-0 run in 50 seconds capped with Anissa Rivera converting a three-point play after a steal to pull the Tigers within one. Lovin Marsicano weathered the storm with three, pushing the lead to 31-27. The teams traded blows before Tinsley splashed home the Hawks’ sixth three-pointer of the first half with 15 seconds on the clock, and Monmouth took a 44-34 lead into the break.
The defense intensified in the third as the teams combined to shoot 8-of-30 in the third quarter. The Hawks and Tigers traded baskets over the first 2:41 before five points in a row pulled Towson to 48-41; however, that was as close as the Tigers would get in the second half. 
The Hawks extended their lead to 56-43 at the end of the third before outscoring Towson 24-12 in the fourth to earn a wire-to-wire victory.
Monmouth had a plus-14 edge on the glass, winning the rebounding margin for the fourth straight game in the tournament. The Hawks shot 51.0 percent (26-51) from the floor, including seven made threes, and held Towson to 34.9 percent (22-63).
2023 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship All-Tournament Team
Bri Tinsley, Monmouth (MOP)
Lovin Marsicano, Monmouth
Quinzia Fulmore, Towson
Kylie Kornegay-Lucas, Towson
Derin Erdogan, Northeastern
Sydney Wagner, William & Mary
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