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Quinnipiac & Rider Advance to 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Semifinals

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  March 03, 2017

#1 Quinnipiac University - 63 | #8 Canisius College - 58 | BOX SCORE

2017 Women’s Basketball Quarterfinals

Times Union Center

Albany, NY

Quinnipiac University defeated Canisius College, 63-58 to advance to the 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball semifinals. The Bobcats move on to the MAAC semifinals for the fourth-straight season and have an 8-2 record in championship play since they entered the league in 2013-14.

Quinnipiac extended its winning streak to eight-straight games dating to February 4. Since joining the league, the Bobcats have compiled a 76-14 (.844) mark against all MAAC teams.  

The 2017 MAAC Regular Season Champions will play in the semifinals on Sunday, March 5 where they’ll meet either No. 4 seeded Siena College or No. 5 seeded Iona College. Quinnipiac’s semifinal matchup tips off at 11:00 a.m. and airs live on ESPN3.

Red-shirt senior guard Adily Martucci scored a game-high 19 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the floor. The All-MAAC Second Team member, recorded three rebounds and an assist in 38 minutes. Martucci has recorded 11 or more points in five consecutive games.

Junior guard Carly Fabbri recorded 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 25 minutes of play off the bench. The guard shot 4-of-8 from behind the arc, her last three of the game broke a tie and gave the Bobcats a 60-57 lead with 1:26 to play in the game. Fabbri’s 13-point performance marked a new season-high.

Quinnipiac received 28 points from its bench, nine of which came from junior forward Sarah Shewan. The junior added a team-high eight rebounds and a steal in 27 minutes of play off the bench.

Canisius’ sophomore guard Maria Welch scored a team-best 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field, which included 4-of-6 shooting from three. Welch averaged 20.5 points per game over the Griffs two games in the 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship.

Junior guard Saliah Serrette added 13 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field and went a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. Senior guard Lauren D’Hont registered nine points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals for the Griffs.

#2 Rider University - 67 | #7 Monmouth University - 51 | BOX SCORE

2017 Women’s Basketball Quarterfinals

Times Union Center

Albany, NY

Rider University advanced to the 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball semifinals with its 67-51 victory over Monmouth University. The Broncs take on either No. 3 Fairfield University or No. 6 Marist College on Sunday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m. which airs live on ESPN3.

Rider moves on to the conference semifinals for the first time since the 2013-14 season when it faced the No. 1 seeded Marist College. Today’s win marked the sixth in MAAC Championship history for the program.

Senior center Julia Duggan recorded 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting and 15 rebounds for her league-leading 11th double-double of the season. The All-MAAC Third Team selection pulled down five offensive boards, blocked three shots, and tallied two steals in 37 minutes.

Junior guard Kamila Hoskova scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 37 minutes of play. The junior was named to the All-MAAC Second Team earlier this week. Sophomore guard Lexi Posset registered 14 points and four assists off the bench.

Freshman guard Stella Johnson added six points, three steals, and an assist. Johnson was named to the MAAC All-Rookie team on Monday.

Broncs head coach Lynn Milligan was named The Rock MAAC Coach of the Year this morning at the Men’s and Women’s Postseason Awards Show from the brand-new Albany Capital Center.

The Hawks had a total of 11 players record at least one field goal in this afternoon’s contest. Freshman guard Rosa Graham scored a team-high nine points on 3-of-8 shooting and recorded four assists. Fellow freshman guard Kayla Shaw scored six points on 2-of-3 shooting from behind the arc. The two converted three-pointers gave Shaw a total of 93 made threes on the season.

Senior guard Tyese Purvis was named the 2017 Women’s Basketball Sixth Player of the Year at the Postseason Awards. Purvis scored six points and grabbed six rebounds in 19 minutes of play off the bench.

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.

For all information on the 2017 MAAC Basketball Championships, visit maacsports.com/basketball. Be sure to follow the conversation on all social media platforms by using #MAACHoops.  

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