JERSEY CITY, NJ - On Friday night, Talah Hughes became the 21st player in Saint Peter's women's basketball history, and the second player under head coach Pat Coyle, to score 1,000 career points. Hughes led the Peacocks in a 67-47 win against the Monmouth Hawks with a double-double. The shooting guard scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, had four assists and three steals in the defeat.
The energy was high as both teams tied twice under five minutes at 5 and 7. Hughes broke the tie with a made layup, 9-7, and the Hawks responded with a three to take the lead 10-9. The Peacocks took action as Hughes made three straight shots to extend the lead to 15-10. Sophomore forward Brianna Tarabocchia made a layup and the Monmouth counted two more before trailing the first quarter, 17-12.
In the start of the second quarter, Sammy Lochner finished a layup, then Hughes shot a short jumper for the Peacocks to lead the Hawks 21-12. Monmouth posted two points before Magazine knocked down a three and the Peacocks led 24-14. The Hawks stayed in the game as they tallied two points, but Hughes hit two jumpers in a row to extend the lead to 28-16. Precious Featherson added the last two points for the Peacocks with a fake and go to end the half 30-18.
It was right after the break that Hughes made her mark in history, scoring her 18th point of the game to hit 1,000 career points. The basket came after Hughes initially missed a layup and Dajiah Martin snagged the rebound, passing it out to Velles, who found an open Hughes in the corner. Hughes dribbled twice and pulled up for the jumper, sinking the basket and etching her name in the record books. The Peacocks then added five points with a three pointer from Magazine and a made layup from Martin to go up 39-20. Monmouth managed to gain five points and Sajanna Bethea shot a corner jumper and the Peacocks led, 41-25. The Hawks went on a 10-6 run, but the Peacocks kept the lead at 47-33. Velles ended the quarter knocking down a three to extend the Peacocks lead to 50-33.
In the fourth quarter, Samantha Meier appeared on the board with a layup for the Peacocks. The energy continued as a pass from Magazine to Zoe Pero finished a three point play, 55-34. The Peacocks stayed on top as Pero scored two layups and short jumper to push the lead to 63-43. Bethea shot a jumper, Featherston posted two free throws and the Peacocks won 67-47.
The Peacocks will travel to New Rochelle to play the Iona College Gaels on Sunday, January, 27. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.