Montclair State loses a close contest to St. Lawrence in Drew Rose City Classic
With the Drew Rose City Classic switched from Drew University to the Panzer Athletic Center on Saturday, the Montclair State Red Hawks looked to build off Monday’s home and regular season opener win over Hunter College.
Facing off against St. Lawrence University, the Red Hawks quickly fell behind 7-2 three minutes into the first quarter. Despite the slow start, Montclair State dialed up the defense holding the Saints without a point for the next five and half minutes thus going on a 11-0 run taking a 13-9 advantage with 3:15 left.
“Actually, I thought we played pretty well, we struggled to score and that is what is going to happen this time of the year, said Head Coach Karin Harvey. I was really proud of our defensive effort and best this team has played and phenomenal”
Coming out of the break St. Lawrence held a 23-20 lead, the Red Hawks continued to battle drawing to within one or two points. In the fourth quarter, both teams’ began to find some offensive rhythm. Montclair State sophomore guard Kim Calloway caught fire scoring 9 of her 12 points.
Down 44-39 with 22 seconds Calloway drove the lane for a lay-up. After Saints forward Katie Frederick knocked down two free throws, Taylor Brown drained a trey but three seconds left but that would be as close as the Red Hawks would get. Rylee Mulligan chipped in with nine points, all occurring from beyond the arc.
“Kim Calloway played phenomenal, her defense was unbelievable and starting to score a little bit more and people forget she is only a sophomore and played a like a leader today. Rylee is a doing a great job coming off the bench, a freshman, shooting it and running the point guard position”
No rest for the weary as Montclair State returns to the Panzer Athletic Center squaring off against Drew University in the consolation game on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
“They are going to throw some different defenses at us and going to have to make some offensive adjustments, Harvey said. We need to be prepared to defend again and our legs are going to be tired and dig deep tomorrow and continue playing good defense and rebounding and hope we score more easily and make our free throws. A good test for us”
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