Courtesy: MAAC Sports

Canisius, Monmouth & Marist Advance to 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Quarterfinals

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  March 02, 2017

#8 Canisius College - 80 | #9 Niagara University - 74 (OT) | BOX SCORE

2017 Women’s Basketball First Round

Times Union Center

Albany, NY

Canisius College defeated Niagara University, 80-74 in overtime to advance to the 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball quarterfinals. The Griffs will take on the No. 1 overall seeded Quinnipiac University on Friday, March 3 at 1:00 p.m.

The Griffs led 69-66 with 17.0 seconds to play, Niagara’s senior guard Tiffany Corselli tied the game up at 69-all when she banked in a deep three-pointer before the final buzzer sounded. Canisius outscored Niagara, 11-5 en route to its first victory of the 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship.

Canisius was led by sophomore guard Maria Welch, who poured in a career-high 25 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field and shot 5-of-7 from behind the arc. Welch’s previous career-high was 23 points, which came against Monmouth University on February 21. The sophomore added seven rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes of play.

Senior guard Lauren D’Hont added 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting. The Pittsford, NY native added six rebounds and two assists on the day. D’Hont’s 10 field goals marked a new career-best.

Junior guard Margret Halfdanardottir and sophomore forward Sara Hinriksdottir tallied 13 and 11 points respectively. The Griffs shot 50.8 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from behind the arc. Canisius outrebounded Niagara 40-27.

Corselli scored a team-high 19 points for the Purple Eagles. Her 19 points mark a new season-high for the senior, she previously scored 18 points against Central Connecticut State University on November 23.

Junior forward Kaylee Stroemple added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. She dished out seven assists and pulled down five boards. Red-shirt junior Victoria Rampado recorded 14 points and eight rebounds.

Canisius improved to 3-0 this season over Niagara and now own a 6-3 record against the Purple Eagles in the MAAC Championship.

#7 Monmouth University - 62 | #10 Manhattan College - 46 | BOX SCORE

2017 Women’s Basketball First Round

Times Union Center

Albany, NY

Monmouth University advanced to the 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship quarterfinals with a 62-46 victory over Manhattan College. The Hawks move on to the quarterfinal round for the fourth consecutive season. Monmouth takes on Rider University on Friday, March 3 at 3:30 p.m.

The Hawks had a total of 10 players record at least one basket and were led by sophomore guard McKinzee Barker, who scored a team-high 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor. The guard grabbed seven rebounds and registered two assists in 29 minutes of play.

Freshman guard Kayla Shaw scored 11 points and shot 3-of-8 from behind the arc. Shaw added to her league-lead in made threes and now has a total of 91 on the season. The guard was named to the 2017 MAAC All-Rookie Team earlier this week by the league’s 11 head coaches.

Fellow freshman guard Rosa Graham added 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. She registered two assists and two rebounds in 15 minutes of play off the bench.

The Hawks outscored the Jaspers, 24-8 in the third quarter and won the battle of the boards, 49-29. As a team, Monmouth pulled down 18 offensive rebounds and tallied 21 second chance points. The Hawks bench outscored the Jaspers bench 28-8 and Monmouth scored 40 points in the paint to Manhattan’s 24.

Manhattan was led by junior center Kayla Grimme, the reigning MAAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week scored 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting on the day. She pulled down four rebounds in 37 minutes of play. Over her last three games of the season Grimme averaged 27.0 points per game, including today’s 22-point performance.

Freshman guard Gabby Cajou tallied eight points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field and went 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. She added three assists and two steals in 17 minutes off the bench. Cajou accounted for all of Manhattan’s bench scoring.

#6 Marist College - 71 | #11 Saint Peter’s University - 60 | BOX SCORE

2017 Women’s Basketball First Round

Times Union Center

Albany, NY

Marist College defeated Saint Peter’s University, 71-60 to advance to the 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball quarterfinals. The Red Foxes will face the No. 3 seeded Fairfield University on Saturday, March 4 at 12:00 p.m.

The Red Foxes received a career-day from freshman guard Rebekah Hand. Hand scored a career-high 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting from the field and recorded nine rebounds in 39 minutes of play. Her 32-point performance marks the most points scored by a player from Marist since Erica Allenspach scored 34 points versus Siena on March 5, 2011.

Hand was named to the 2017 MAAC All-Rookie team earlier this week and was an eight-time MAAC Rookie of the week award recipient. She scored 12 of her 32 points in the third quarter this afternoon, which included a stretch of eight-straight points.

Freshman guard Hannah Hand scored nine points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field (2-of-2) from behind the arc. She went 3-of-4 from the free-throw line and added four rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes of action.

Sophomore guard Claire Oberdorf tallied eight points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Sophomore Maura Fitzpatrick added 12 points in 34 minutes of play this afternoon. Marist shot 47.3 percent from the field and recorded 34 points in the paint en route to victory.

Saint Peter’s freshman forward Sammy Lochner scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting. The forward shot a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the arc and dished out seven assists in 31 minutes.

Junior guard/forward Talah Hughes registered 17 points, seven rebounds, and two steals. Hughes shot 6-of-10, which included 3-of-5 shooting from three.

About the 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship:

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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