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Fairfield & Iona Advance to 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Semifinals

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  March 04, 2017

#3 Fairfield University - 61 | #6 Marist College - 44 | BOX SCORE

2017 Women’s Basketball Quarterfinals

Times Union Center

Albany, NY

Fairfield University defeated Marist College, 61-44 to advance to the 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball semifinals. The Stags face No. 2 seeded Rider University on Sunday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m. The Stags and Broncs semifinal matchup airs live on ESPN3.

With today’s victory the Stags improve to 13-10 all-time as the third seed in the MAAC Championship. The Stags last win as the No. 3 seed prior to today came in 2014-15 when they defeated No. 6 seed Niagara University. Fairfield reached the MAAC Championship three times as the No. 3 seed (2010, 1995, 1988) and won the Championship in 1988, the first in program history.

Fairfield’s victory marked its first over Marist this season. The Red Foxes went 2-0 in the regular season against the Stags, it is the third time in Stags history that they have defeated a team that has swept them in the regular season. The two previous wins came against Niagara (2014-15) and La Salle (1987-88).

Senior forward and All-MAAC First Team selection, Kelsey Carey led all scorers with 15 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field. The Staten Island, NY native shot 7-of-8 from the free-throw line, grabbed six rebounds, registered four steals, and two assists.

Red-shirt senior forward Casey Smith added 12 points. The All-MAAC Third Team member was 6-of-11 from the floor and grabbed three rebounds in 34 minutes of play. Red-shirt junior forward Samantha Cooper scored seven points and recorded a game-high nine rebounds in 32 minutes.

Eight of the 11 Stags who took the floor registered at least one field goal in today’s game. Fairfield shot 41.5 percent from the field and 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from behind the arc. Marist shot 32.7 percent from the floor and 27.6 percent from three.

The Red Foxes received a team-high 13 points from sophomore forward Maura Fitzpatrick. The forward shot 4-of-8 (3-of-6) from long-range. She added five rebounds and two steals in 40 minutes of action.

MAAC All-Rookie team selection, freshman guard Hannah Hand scored 12 points and grabbed a team-best six rebounds for Marist. Her twin sister, unanimous MAAC Rookie of the Year, freshman guard Rebekah Hand recorded four points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Hand scored a career-high 32 points in the Red Foxes’ first round matchup against Saint Peter’s University.

#5 Iona College - 67 | #4 Siena College - 47 | BOX SCORE

2017 Women’s Basketball Quarterfinals

Times Union Center

Albany, NY

Iona College advances to the 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball semifinals for the second consecutive season after its 67-47 defeat of Siena College. The Gaels take on the No. 1 seeded Quinnipiac University on Sunday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m. in a rematch of the 2016 MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship game, which airs live on ESPN3.

Senior guard Marina Lizarazu led the reigning MAAC Women’s Basketball Champions with 23 points and eight assists. The 2017 All-MAAC First Team selection shot 9-of-19 from the field and recorded 20 or more points for the 10th time in a game this season. Including today’s performance, Lizarazu averaged 22.0 points and 6.5 assists in her last two games against the Saints.

All-MAAC First Team selection, sophomore guard Alexis Lewis registered 14 points and 14 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season. The 11 double-doubles ties her for the league’s lead with Rider University senior forward Julia Duggan.

Senior forward Karynda DuPree tallied 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field, eight rebounds, and three blocks in 27 minutes of play. DuPree has recorded at least one blocked shot in 25 games this season and has done so in 10-straight games.

As a team the Gaels shot 42.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three. They outrebounded Siena, 43-32 and grabbed a total of 15 offensive boards. Iona scored 36 points in the paint, 21 points off turnovers, and 19 second chance points.

Saints’ junior guard Kollyns Scarbrough scored a team-high 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting, recorded seven rebounds, and three steals. The guard was named to the All-MAAC Second Team on Monday.

The 2017 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, sophomore guard Jackie Benitez registered 13 points, six rebounds, and two steals in 37 minutes of play. In addition to being named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, Benitez was named to the All-MAAC First Team on Monday. 

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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