MAAC Announces 2016-17 Women’s Basketball All-MAAC Teams
EDISON, NJ – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) has announced the 2016-17 Women’s Basketball All-MAAC Teams as voted upon by the league’s 11 head coaches.
The All-MAAC First Team is made up of Fairfield University forward Kelsey Carey, Iona College guard Alexis Lewis, Iona guard Marina Lizarazu, Rider University guard Robin Perkins, and Siena College guard Jackie Benitez.
The five All-MAAC First Team members are now in contention for the 2016-17 MAAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year Award, which is selected by the league’s 11 head coaches. The 2016-17 MAAC Player of the Year will be announced at the Postseason Awards Show, which is going to be held at the brand-new Albany Capital Center on Friday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m. The Postseason Awards Show airs live on ESPN3.
Fairfield’s senior forward Kelsey Carey averaged 15.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game this season. The Staten Island, NY native shot 46.1 percent from the field, which ranked eighth in the MAAC. Carey finished the 2016-17 campaign fifth in the league in scoring, 10th in rebounding, eighth in field goal percentage, eighth in defensive rebounds per game (4.7), and eighth in minutes played (32.5).
Carey either led or was tied for the lead in scoring in 18 games this season for Fairfield. She scored a season-high 25 points on 10-of-17 (58.8%) shooting, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out four assists in the Stags’ thrilling, 68-67 overtime victory over Rider on January 14. The forward registered four double-doubles this season, the last coming on February 16 vs. Marist College.
Alexis Lewis has been named to the MAAC First Team after being named the MAAC Co-Sixth Player of the Year and selected as a member of the MAAC All-Rookie Team in 2015-16. The sophomore averaged 16.2 points per game, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game for Iona. The guard was tied with Rider’s Julia Duggan for the league’s lead in double-doubles with 10.
Lewis ranked third in the conference in scoring, tied for second in rebounding, tied for fifth in steals per game, fifth in three-point field goal percentage (37.2%), third in three-pointers made per game (2.4), first in offensive rebounds per game (3.3), seventh in defensive rebounds per game (4.8), and sixth in minutes per game (34.5). The Pittson, PA native was named MAAC Player of the Week twice this season (November 28 & February 20) and captured Met Basketball Writers Association Division I Player of the Week Honors once (December 20).
Iona’s Marina Lizarazu is now a two-time member of the All-MAAC First Team. The Madrid, Spain native was selected to the 2015-16 All-MAAC First Team after her junior year. The 2016-17 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, Lizarazu averaged 14.4 points, 4.0 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game for the Gaels.
The guard finished the season seventh in the conference in scoring, second in assists per game, ninth in free-throw percentage (76.9%), fourth in steals, fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.1), and fifth in minutes played (35.4). Lizarazu took home the MAAC Player of the Week award three times this season (December 26, January 23 & February 6). She was also named Met Basketball Writers Association Division I Basketball Player of the Week (January 24).
Rider’s Robin Perkins was the lone unanimous selection to the All-MAAC First Team. The senior guard tallied 15.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 25 starts. She shot 42.6 percent from the field and 33.5 percent from three-point range. Perkins knocked down 52 threes, the sixth most in the MAAC this season.
The Willingboro, NJ native also ranked fourth in the MAAC in scoring and 11th in three-point field goal percentage. On December 30, Perkins scored a career-high 33 points against Quinnipiac University. The 33-point outburst was the fourth-most points scored in a game by a MAAC Women’s Basketball Player this season. She was named MAAC Player of the Week twice (December 12 & January 2) in addition Perkins earned Met Basketball Writers Association Division I Basketball Player of the Week once this season (December 13).
Siena’s Jackie Benitez owns two of the top five scoring performances in the MAAC this season. The sophomore scored 30 points on November 19 vs. the University of Hartford. She then scored 34 points vs. Monmouth University on January 12, which is tied with Siena guard Kollyns Scarbrough and Manhattan College forward Kayla Grimme for the most points scored in a game by a player in the league this season.
Benitez recorded 16.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game this season. The Tobyhanna, PA native finished the season as the league’s second leading scorer, she ranked second in free-throw percentage (82.1%), second in steals per game (3.0), second in three-pointers made per game (2.8), and ninth in minutes (32.2).
The 2016-17 All-MAAC Second Team consists of Canisius College sophomore forward Sara Hinriksdottir, Niagara University red-shirt junior forward Victoria Rampado, Quinnipiac red-shirt senior guard Adily Martucci, Rider junior guard Kamila Hoskova, and Siena junior guard Kollyns Scarbrough.
The 2016-17 All-MAAC Third Team is made up of Fairfield red-shirt senior forward Casey Smith, Manhattan junior forward Kayla Grimme, Quinnipiac red-shirt sophomore forward Jen Fay, Quinnipiac sophomore guard/forward Aryn McClure, and Rider senior forward Julia Duggan.
The 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship game takes place on Monday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m. and will air live on ESPNU with the winner earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
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All-MAAC First Team
Kelsey Carey, Fairfield
Alexis Lewis, Iona
Marina Lizarazu, Iona#
Robin Perkins, Rider*
Jackie Benitez, Siena
All-MAAC Second Team
Sara Hinriksdottir, Canisius
Victoria Rampado, Niagara
Adily Martucci, Quinnipiac
Kamila Hoskova, Rider
Kollyns Scarbrough, Siena
All-MAAC Third Team
Casey Smith, Fairfield
Kayla Grimme, Manhattan
Jen Fay, Quinnipiac
Aryn McClure, Quinnipiac
Julia Duggan, Rider
*Denotes unanimous selection#Repeat First Team selection