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Quick hits: Monmouth 61, Canisius 58

ALBANY – They led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, but the Canisius College women's basketball team couldn't close out their first-round game at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament Thursday morning..

A three-pointer from Kayla Shaw with 1:53 left in the fourth quarter gave ninth-seeded Monmouth their first lead of the game and the Hawks went on to win, 61-58, in Times Union Center.

Over the final seven minutes of the game, Monmouth went on a 15-2 run while the Griffs did not score for the final 5:48.

The Golden Griffins, who were seeded eighth, end their season at 10-19.

Hot start: The Griffs started the game on a 9-0 run thanks to all points from the Icelandic duo of senior Margret Halfdanardottir and junior Sara Hinriksdottir. Monmouth countered with a 7-0 run to keep Canisius from running away with the game. While the Griffs offense cooled down, they did end the opening quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 17-11 lead into the first break.

Playing with the lead: Canisius led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, 27-12, but the Griffs couldn't maintain a double-digit lead. Monmouth chipped away and used a 7-0 run to cut the lead to just three, 29-26. A 4-0 spurt by the Griffs gave Canisius a bit more breathing room, 32-26, at halftime.

Nursing the lead: The Griffs held Monmouth off in the third quarter. Nursing a six-point lead, Canisius went on a 7-0 run en route to a 52-41 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Oh, but that fourth quarter: Monmouth used a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter to tie the game, 56-56, with 6:12 left. Overall, Monmouth outscored the Griffs, 20-6, in the final 10 minutes.

Up next: The reward for Monmouth is a meeting with top-seeded Quinnipiac at 1 p.m. Friday. The Bobcats have won 19 straight, including going 18-0 in MAAC play, and are 24-5 overall.

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