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Six MAAC Women's Basketball Student-Athletes Named to All-Met Postseason Teams

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  April 25, 2017

EDISON, NJ – The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association announced its postseason honors on Tuesday. A total of six MAAC Women’s Basketball student-athletes were named to All-Met postseason teams.

Rider University senior guard Robin Perkins was selected to the All-Met First Team. Fairfield University senior forward Kelsey Carey and Rider’s senior center Julia Duggan earned All-Met Second Team honors. Iona College sophomore guard Alexis Lewis, senior guard Marina Lizarazu, and Manhattan College senior center Kayla Grimme received All-Met Third Team recognition.

The 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, Perkins tallied 15.5 points per game, the fourth-most in the league this season. She shot 41.6 percent from the field and 33.5 percent from three-point range. Perkins knocked down 52 threes, the fifth-most in the MAAC this season.

On December 30, she scored a career-high 33 points against Quinnipiac University. The senior 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).

Fairfield’s Carey averaged 15.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season. The Staten Island, NY native shot 45.7 percent from the field, which ranked 10th in the MAAC. Carey finished the 2016-17 campaign fifth in the league in scoring, 10th in rebounding, tied for eighth in defensive rebounds per game (4.6), and 10th in minutes played (32.2).

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, 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.

Rider’s Duggan averaged 11.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. She recorded 12 double-doubles this season, which was tied for the most in the MAAC with Iona’s Lewis. The senior led the conference in rebounding, second in defensive rebounds per game (6.1), tied for sixth in offensive rebounds per game (2.4), sixth in steals, and ninth in free-throw percentage (75.7%).  

The center was named to the 2017 MAAC All-Championship team for her efforts throughout the Tournament. Over the course of three games, the All-MAAC Third Team selection averaged 19.0 points and 14.7 rebounds per game. Duggan grabbed 20 rebounds in the semifinal victory over Fairfield, the 20-rebound performance marked the second-most rebounds ever recorded by a player in a MAAC Women’s Basketball Tournament game.

Lewis was named to the All-MAAC First Team and averaged 15.9 points, which were the third-most in the conference. She tallied 8.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals per game, and was tied for league’s lead in double-doubles with 12.

The sophomore ranked second in the MAAC in rebounding, fifth in steals per game, fifth in three-point field goal percentage (37.7%), third in three-pointers made per game (2.4), first in offensive rebounds per game (3.2), tied for fifth in defensive rebounds per game (5.1), and sixth in minutes per game (34.8). 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).

Lizarazu earned her second-straight All-MAAC First Team selection at the conclusion of the regular season. The guard was also selected to the 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball All-Championship Team. She registered 14.9 points, 4.1 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game for the Gaels.

The Madrid Spain native ranked sixth in the conference in scoring, second in assists per game, seventh in free-throw percentage (77.2%), fourth in steals, fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.2), and fifth in minutes played (35.6). Lizarazu took home the MAAC Player of the Week award three times in 2016-17 (December 26, January 23, February 6). She was also named Met Basketball Writers Association Division I Basketball Player of the Week (January 24).

Grimme is a member of the All-MAAC Third Team. The junior averaged 14.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game in 30 starts for the Jaspers. She shot 47.4 percent from the field, 44.0 percent from behind the arc, and 78.8 percent from the free-throw line.

The center ranked seventh in the league in scoring, fifth in rebounding, sixth in free-throw percentage, sixth in field goal percentage, first in blocks, third in offensive rebounds per game (2.6), and fifth in defensive rebounds per game (5.1). She scored 34 points against Marist, which tied a MAAC season-high for points scored in a game. Grimme was named MAAC Player of the Week once this season (February 27)

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