Men’s Recap of Thursday’s Games

The first day of the Men’s 2014 MAAC Basketball Championship had close games all the way down to the final buzzer.

The first game of the Men’s tournament saw #8 seed Rider defeat #9 seed Monmouth 71-60. Leading the way for Mommouth was Deon Jones with 18 points. Rider was led by Daniel Stewart, who had a game high 25 points. Rider will be facing #1 seed Iona on Saturday March 8th at 12:00 pm.

The second game saw #7 seed Saint Peter’s defeat #10 seed Fairfield on a buzzer beater by Desi Washington 65-62. The leading scorer for Saint Peter’s was Desi Washington with 14 points, and Marvin Dominique posted a double-double (11 points and 13 rebounds). Maurice Barrow led the way for Fairfield with  14 points. Saint Peter’s will face #2 seed Manhattan at 6:30 pm on Saturday March 8th.

The final game of the opening round for the Men’s tournament saw #11 Niagara upset #6 Marist 78-76. Antoine Mason led all scorers with 38 points while Marcus Ware posted a double double with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the winning effort. Marist was led by Chavaughn Lewis had 26 points and Adam Kemp finished one rebound shy of a double double with 14 points and 9 rebounds.   Niagara will face #3 Quinnipiac at 9:00 pm on Saturday March 8th.

The final game to be played Saturday will be between #4 Canisius and #5 Siena with tip off being at 2:30 pm on Saturday, March 8th.

Women’s Tournament Recap of Thursday’s Games

The first day of the Women’s 2014 MAAC Basketball Championship saw a lot of close games.

The first game saw #9 seed Monmouth defeat #8 seed Niagara 66-62. Leading the way for Mommouth was Christina Mitchell with 14. Niagara was led by Chanel Johnson with 14 points. There were a total of 11 ties and 11 lead changes. Monmouth will be facing #1 seed Iona on Friday March 7th at 12:00 pm.

The second game saw #10 seed Siena defeat #7 seed Manhattan 87-66. The leading scorer for Siena was Ida Krogh. Nicole Isaacs had a game high 20 points in the defeat for Manhattan. There were a total of 11 ties and 11 lead changes. Siena will face #2 seed Marist at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 7.

The final game of the opening round for the Women’s tournament saw #6 Rider defeat #11 Saint Peters 64-55. Myneshia McKenzie led all players in scoring with 25 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds. Aziza May led the way for Saint Peter’s with 21 points.  Rider will face #3 Fairfield at 9:30 pm.

The final game to be played tomorrow will be between #4 Quinnipiac and #5 Canisius with tip off being at 2:30 pm on Friday March 7.

Let’s meet the Iona Gaels

Iona College

Mascot:         Gaels

Twitter: @ICGaels

Location:         New Rochelle, NY

Enrollment:     3,539

Men’s Basketball

Record: 20-9 (17-3 in the MAAC)

Team Stats

-          Points per game           84.0

-          Rebounds per game    33.4

-          Assists per game         17.5

-          Field Goal Percentage 48.4%

-          3pt Percentage                        39.9%

-          Free Throw Percentage 70.8%

Team Leaders

-          Points per game            Sean Armand-17.3

-          Rebounds per game       David Laury-7.7

-          Steals per game             Sean Armand-1.3

-          Assists per game              A.J. English-4.3

-          Blocks per game               David Laury-1.2

Women’s Basketball

Record:   25-4 (18-2 in the MAAC)

Team Stats

-          Points per game-74.2

-          Rebounds per game-39.2

-          Assists per game-14.4

-          Field Goal Percentage-42.8%

-          3pt Percentage-38.1%

-          Free Throw Percentage-78.5%

Team Leaders

-          Points per game            Damika Martinez-24.5

-          Rebounds per game       Joy Adams-13.9

-          Steals per game            Joy Adams-1.8

-          Assists per game           Haley D’Angelo-4.3

-          Blocks per game            Sabrina Jeridore-2.7

Let’s meet the Quinnipiac Bobcats

Quinnipiac

Quinnipiac University

Mascot:         Bobcats

Twitter: @quathletics

Location:         Hamden, CT

Enrollment:     6,542

Men’s Basketball

Record: 19-10 (14-6 in the MAAC)

Team Stats

-          Points per game           79.2

-          Rebounds per game    46.0

-          Assists per game         12.8

-          Field Goal Percentage 42.0%

-          3pt Percentage                        34.9%

-          Free Throw Percentage 71.8%

Team Leaders

-          Points per game            Ike Azotam-16.3

-          Rebounds per game       Ike Azotam-10.4

-          Steals per game             Kendrick Ray-1.0

-          Assists per game              Shaq Shannon and Kasim Chandler-2.6

-          Blocks per game               Ousmane Drame-2.3

Women’s Basketball

Record:   19-11 (14-6 in the MAAC)

Team Stats

-          Points per game-73.7

-          Rebounds per game-40.5

-          Assists per game-16.9

-          Field Goal Percentage-39.4%

-          3pt Percentage-32.5%

-          Free Throw Percentage-71.0%

Team Leaders

-          Points per game            Jasmine Martin-15.3

-          Rebounds per game       Brittany Mcquain-9.2

-          Steals per game            Brittany Mcquain-1.9

-          Assists per game           Gillian Abshire-6.8

-          Blocks per game            Samantha Guastella-1.4

Local Networking Event

Networking PosterThe MAAC is back, and this is the moment to network!

The MassMutual Center would like to invite you to the Championship Networking Event, bringing local high school and college students for a night of networking and Division I basketball on March 10th beginning at 6:00 pm.

This event will allow students from local high schools and colleges to meet local businesses and network with other students. Around this time, students are looking for advice to get into the industry of their dreams, beginning to look for an internship, and gaining valuable experience from professionals like you.

This event will be a meet and greet, where students can come and speak with you before, during, and after the game. This opportunity will allow for you to reach out to the local student population and gain possible business in the future.

The cost of the event is $20 per person, which includes early admission to the MassMutual Center for the event, snacks, and seating in The Executive Perch for the 2014 MAAC Men’s Championship game.

If you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets to the event, please contact Jason Titelbaum at jtitelbaum@massconvention.com.

Let’s meet the Marist Red Fox

Mairst

Marist College

Mascot:         Red Fox

Twitter: @maristathletics

Location:         Poughkeepsie, NY

Enrollment:     5,566

Men’s Basketball

Record: 12-18 (9-11 in the MAAC)

Team Stats

-          Points per game           68.1

-          Rebounds per game    34.2

-          Assists per game         11.1

-          Field Goal Percentage 40.9%

-          3pt Percentage                        34.8%

-          Free Throw Percentage 71.3%

Team Leaders

-          Points per game            Chavaughn Lewis-17.3

-          Rebounds per game       Adam Kemp-7.6

-          Steals per game             Chavaughn Lewis-1.9

-          Assists per game              Chavaughn Lewis-2.8

-          Blocks per game               Adam Kemp-1.9

Women’s Basketball

Record:   24-6 (18-2 in the MAAC)

Team Stats

-          Points per game-72.3

-          Rebounds per game-34.2

-          Assists per game-16.4

-          Field Goal Percentage-46.8%

-          3pt Percentage-36.7%

-          Free Throw Percentage-74.7%

Team Leaders

-          Points per game            Emma O’Connor-13.8

-          Rebounds per game       Emma O’Connor-6.8

-          Steals per game            Leanne Ockenden-1.7

-          Assists per game           Casey Dulin-4.8

-          Blocks per game            Emma O’Connor-0.6

All-MAAC Teams Announced

Courtesy: MAAC Sports

EDISON, N.J. –  The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has announced its 2013-14 All-MAAC Men’s Basketball Teams, selected by the MAAC’s head coaches.

The All-MAAC first team is comprised of Billy Baron of Canisius College, George Beamon of Manhattan College, Ike Azotam of Quinnipiac University, and Sean Armand and A.J. English of Iona College. Baron is a repeat selection from last year’s All-MAAC first team, while Beamon was a first-team selection in 2011-12 who was sidelined the majority of last season due to injury. The five players are now eligible to be named the 2013-14 Pepsi MAAC Player of the Year, also selected by the league’s head coaches. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 7 at the Postseason Awards Show, 5:00-6:30 p.m., at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Baron, a 6-2, 195 pound guard from East Greenwich, R.I., was a unanimous first-team All-MAAC choice. Baron was second in the MAAC and third nationally in scoring, averaging 24.4 points per game. Baron was also second in the MAAC with 5.2 assists per game, and third with 1.5 steals. Baron led the MAAC in free throw percentage, hitting .888 from the line, three-point field goals made per game with 3.2, and minutes played per game, with 39.0. He was a four-time Player of the Week in 2013-14.

Beamon, a 6-4, 175-pound guard/forward from Roslyn, N.Y., bounced back after being sidelined most of last year to have an outstanding senior season for the Jaspers. Beamon, also a unanimous first team All-MAAC selection, finished third in the MAAC in scoring, averaging 19.7 points per game. Beamon was also third in the MAAC in free-throw percentage, hitting .849 from the line, and tied for eighth in rebounding with 6.7 boards per game. Beamon was a two–time Player of the Week selection in 2013-14.

Senior guard Sean Armand of Iona was a solid force for the Gaels all year long. The 6-5, 200-pound Armand, from Brooklyn, N.Y., was fourth in the MAAC in scoring with 17.8 points per game and fifth overall in assists with 4.0 per game. Armand was also second in the league in three-pointers made per game with 2.9 and three-point field goal percentage, converting .440 percent. Armand, a two-time MAAC Player of the Week, was a second team All-MAAC selection last year.

Senior Ike Azotam of Quinnipiac led the MAAC in rebounding, with 10.4 boards per game, and registered a league leading 17 double-doubles, number two nationally. The 6-7, 239-pound forward from Boston, Mass., led the MAAC in offensive rebounding with 4.3 per game, and was second on the defensive glass with 6.0 per game. He also averaged 16.4 points per game, eighth best in the MAAC. He was big reason why Quinnipiac led the MAAC, and the country, in rebounding margin and offensive rebounds.

Sophomore A.J. English of Iona was fifth in the MAAC in scoring, averaging 17.7 points per game, and the third leading playmaker, with 4.3 assists per game. The 6-4, 190-pound guard from Wilmington, Del., was also third in the conference with with 2.7 three-point field goals made per game, and third in minutes played with 36.5 per contest. He bounced back with an outstanding sophomore campaign after being forced to the sidelines in the second half of his freshman season due to injury.

The 2013-14 All-MAAC Second Team is a talented one as well. The second team is comprised of forward David Laury of Iona, forward Ousmane Drame of Quinnipiac, guard Antoine Mason  of Niagara, swingman Chavaughn Lewis of Marist, forward Daniel Stewart of Rider, and forward/center Rhamel Brown of Manhattan.

The All-MAAC Third team is a formidable group top. Making up the third team are forward Marvin Dominique of Saint Peter’s, guard Zaid Hearst of Quinnipiac, guard Anthony Myles of Rider, guard Michael Alvarado of Manhattan, and guard Rob Poole of Siena.

All-MAAC First Team

Player Year Pos. Ht. Hometown PPG Other
Billy Baron, Canisius Sr. G 6-2 E. Greenwich, RI 24.4 5.2 apg
George Beamon, Manhattan Sr. G/F 6-4 Roslyn, N.Y. 19.7 6.7 reb
Sean Armand, Iona Sr. G 6-4 Brooklyn, N.Y. 17.8 4.0 apg
Ike Azotam, Quinnipiac Sr. F 6-7 Boston, Mass. 16.4 10.4 reb
A.J. English So. G 6-4 Wilming, Del. 17.7 4.3 apg

All-MAAC Second Team

Player Year Pos. Ht. Hometown PPG Other
David Laury, Iona Jr. F 6-9 E. Orange, N.J 14.0 7.7 rpg
Ousmane Drame, Quinnipiac Jr. F 6-9 Boston, Mass. 13.8 10.3 reb
Antoine Mason, Niagara R-Jr. G 6-3 Queens, N.Y. 25.2 37.5 mins
Chavaughn Lewis, Marist Jr. G/F 6-5 Queens, N.Y. 17.3 2.8 apg
Daniel Steward, Rider Sr. F 6-7 Philadelphia, PA. 15.0 6.1 rpg
Rhamel Brown, Manhattan Sr.. F/C 6-7 Brooklyn, N.Y. 9.4 3.8 blocks

All-MAAC Third Team

Player Year Pos. Ht. Hometown PPG Other
Marvin Dominique, Saint Peter’s Jr. F 6-9 E. Orange, N.J 14.0 7.7 rpg
Zaid Hearst, Quinnipiac Jr. F 6-9 Boston, Mass. 13.8 10.3 reb
Anthony Myles, Rider R-Jr. G 6-3 Queens, N.Y. 25.2 37.5 mins
Michael Alvarado, Manhattan Jr. G/F 6-5 Queens, N.Y. 17.3 2.8 apg
Rob Poole, Siena Sr. F 6-7 Philadelphia, PA. 15.0 6.1 rpg

MAAC ANNOUNCES 2013-2014 ALL-MAAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAMS

Courtesy: MAAC Sports

EDISON, N.J. – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announces the 2013-2014 All-MAAC Women’s Basketball Teams, selected by the MAAC’s 11 head coaches.

The first team is made up of Katie Cizynski from Fairfield University, Joy Adams and Damika Martinez from Iona College, Emma O’Connor from Marist College, and Rider University’s MyNeshia McKenzie. Damika Martinez and MyNeshia McKenzie earn their second consecutive First Team selections. These five players are now eligible to be named the 2013-2014 Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year, also selected by the 11 head coaches of the league. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 7 at 5:00 p.m. at the Postseason Awards Show located at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The show will be broadcast live on MAAC.TV.

Cizynski, a 6-foot-2, senior forward from Southbury, Conn. had an excellent season and career for the Stags. She ranks fourth in the MAAC in scoring averaging 16.5 points, and fifth in rebounding averaging 8.4 rebounds per game. Cizynski was named MAAC Player of the Week on Dec. 30 and registered 11 double-doubles during the regular season, good for fourth in the league. She has scored over 1,000 career points and ranks 24th all-time in Stag history and ranks in the top 20 all-time in seven other statistical categories.

Adams, a 5-foot-11, sophomore forward from Orlando, Florida, finished the regular season tied for first nationally with 24 double-doubles and grabbed 14.1 rebounds per game which led the MAAC and ranked third in the nation. The 2012-2013 MAAC Rookie of the Year also ranks third in the conference in scoring tallying 16.6 points per outing. Adams has earned MAAC Player of the Week honors three times this season and helped garner Iona College’s first ever league regular season crown and top seed on the championship.

Martinez, a 5-foot-7, sophomore guard from Meriden, Conn., has had another outstanding season for the Gaels as she led them to the first MAAC regular season title and number one seed in the championship. The 2012-2013 Pepsi Max Player of the Year finishes the regular season leading the conference and ranking sixth nationally in scoring averaging 24.5 points per game. She leads the MAAC and ranks third in the nation in 3 point field goals made per game registering 3.4 shots from behind the arc each contest. Martinez has been named MAAC Player of the Week a league best five times this season. Additionally, she also leads the MAAC in free-throw percentage shooting making 107 out of 122 free throws (87.7). Martinez became Iona’s all-time leader in three point field goals made this season and tied a MAAC single game record when she recorder 46 points against Rider on Feb. 16.

O’Connor, a 6-foot, senior forward from Lynbrook, N.Y., helped guide Marist College to its 11th consecutive regular season MAAC title. She finished the regular season leading the MAAC in field goal percentage (56.0). She also ranked sixth in the league in both scoring (13.8 ppg) and in rebounding (6.8 rpg). O’Connor has won MAAC Player of the week twice this season. She has started all 30 games for the Red Foxes this season.

McKenzie, a 5-foot-11, senior forward from Springfield, Pa., earned a spot on the All-MAAC First Team for the second consecutive year. She is second in the MAAC in scoring averaging 19.5 points per game, and second in rebounding with 11.1 boards an outing. McKenzie led the league in minutes played averaging 36.6 minutes per contest. The two-time MAAC Player of the Week selection recorded 17 double-doubles this season, which is good for second in the conference. McKenzie is the third all-time leading scorer and the all-time leading rebounder at Rider University.

This season’s 2013-2014 All-MAAC Second Team is also a strong unit. The Second Team is made up of Iona College’s junior Aleesha Powell, sophomore Madeline Blais of Marist College, Niagara University’s Meghan McGuiness, and the Quinnipiac University duo of Jasmine Martin and Brittany McQuain.

The 2013-2014 All-MAAC Third Team unit is also a formidable group. The Third Team consists of Fairfield University’s senior guard Alexys Vasquez, repeat Third Team members Monica Roeder of Manhattan College and Marist College’s Leanne Ockenden, Monmouth University’s Chevannah Paalvast, Quinnipiac University’s Gillian Abshire, and senior forward Kaydine Bent of Saint Peter’s University.

FIRST TEAM ALL-MAAC                                         

Player Yr. Pos. Ht. Hometown PPG Other
Katie Cizynski, Fairfield Sr. F 6-2 Southbury, Conn. 16.5 8.4 RPG
Joy Adams, Iona So. F 5-11 Orlando, Fl. 16.6 13.9 RPG
Damika Martinez, Iona # Jr. G 5-7 Meriden, CT 24.5 3.4 3-PT PG
Emma O’Connor, Marist Sr. F 6-0 Lynbrook, N.Y. 13.8 56.0  FT%
MyNeshia McKenzie, Rider # Sr. G/F 5-11 Springfield, Pa. 19.5 11.1 RPG

SECOND TEAM ALL-MAAC

Player Yr. Pos. Ht. Hometown PPG Other
Aleesha Powell, Iona Jr. G 5-6 Philadelphia, Pa. 11.5 42.4 3-PT%
Madeline Blais, Marist So. G/F 6-1 Exeter, N.H. 13.0 47.1 3-PT%
Meghan McGuiness, Niagara Jr. G 5-10 Lincroft, N.J. 12.9 43.3 3-PT%
Jasmine Martin, Quinnipiac Jr. G 5-6 Sicklerville, N.J. 15.3 3.6 FT PG
Brittany McQuain, Quinnipiac Sr. F 6-0 Independence, Mo. 12.9 9.2 RPG

THIRD TEAM ALL-MAAC

Player Yr. Pos. Ht. Hometown PPG Other
Alexys Vasquez, Fairfield Sr. G 5-10 Berlin, Conn. 10.4 41.6 3-PT%
Monica Roeder, Mahattan Sr. G/F 6-0 Marlton, N.J. 12.2 4.5 RPG
Leanne Ockenden, Marist Sr. G 5-10 Syracuse, N.Y. 11.8 4.7 RPG
Chevannah Paalvast, Monmouth RSr. G/F 6-0 Auckland, New Zealand 13.3 2.3 APG
Gillian Abshire, Quinnipiac Jr. G 5-9 Washington, D.C. 7.1 6.8 APG
Kaydine Bent, Saint Peter’s Sr. F 6-1 Bronx, N.Y. 12.9 9.0 RPG

# Repeat First Team All-MAAC choice

 

MAAC ANNOUNCES 2013-2014 MAAC WOMEN’S ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

EDISON, N.J. – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announces the 2013-2014 MAAC All-Rookie Women’s Basketball Team, selected by the MAAC’s 11 head coaches.

The team is made up of Lauren D’Hont from Canisius College, Helena Kurt of Monmouth University, Victoria Rampado of Niagara University, Julia Duggan of Rider University, and Meghan Donohue of Siena College. One of these five players will be named the 2013-2014 MAAC Rookie of the Year, also selected by the head coaches of the league. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 7 at 5:00 p.m. at the Postseason Awards Show located at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The show will be broadcast live on MAAC.TV.

D’Hont, a 5-foot-11, freshman guard from Pittsford, N.Y., averaged 4.3 points per game, 2.2 rebounds per game, and shot a team best 47.8 percent from the three-point arc.

Kurt, a 5-foot-5, freshman guard from Spanga, Sweden, averaged 5.1 points per game and 1.6 rebounds per game for the Hawks this season. She made a team best 24 three-point field goals in her rookie campaign. She was named MAAC Rookie of the Week on Nov. 25.

Rampado, a 6-foot-2, freshman forward from Niagara Falls, Ontario, led all active freshmen in scoring during the regular season with 8.9 points and led all freshmen and her team in rebounds with 5.5 per game. She earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors four times this season.

Duggan, a 6-foot-1, freshman center from Marmora, N.J., averaged 4.1 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per contest. She claimed two MAAC Rookie of the Week honors this season.

Donohue, a 6-foot-2, freshman forward from Mogadore, Ohio, averaged 8.5 points per game and ranked second on the Saints grabbing 5.1 rebounds per game. She was named MAAC Rookie of the Week three times for her efforts this season.

MAAC Announces Men’s Basketball All-Rookie Team

EDISON, N.J – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has announced the 2013-14 All-Rookie Team, as selected by the league’s head coaches.

Comprising the All-Rookie team are guard Khallid Hart of Marist College, guard Zach Lewis of Canisius College, guard Jimmie Taylor of Rider, guard Marquis Wright of Siena and guard/forward Lavon Long, also of Siena.

Hart was a seven-time Rookie of the Week selection during the 2013-14 campaign. Hart was the Red Foxes’ second leading scorer and ranked 14th in the MAAC with 14.6 points per game. Hart was also in the MAAC’s Top 15 in assists, steals, free throw percentage and three-point field goal percentage.

Lewis was a unanimous selection to the MAAC’s All-Rookie team. Lewis averaged 9.7 points for the Golden Griffs, fourth best on the team. He averaged 28.7 minutes per game, third highest on the team, shot 41 percent from the floor and 72 percent from the line. Lewis was eighth in the MAAC with 1.3 steals per game, and tied for 10th with 2.0 three-point field goals per outing. He scored a career high 25 points against Monmouth, which included seven three-point field goals.

Taylor started all 29 games for the Broncs, and was the team’s third leading scorer, averaging 12 points per game. Taylor led Rider and the MAAC in three-point field percentage, hitting .483 of his shots from beyond the arc. He was Rider’s second leading playmaker with 69 assists which was 15th best in the MAAC. Taylor was a two-time Rookie of the Week selection in the 2013-14 season.

Wright has been a key cog as Siena has nearly doubled its overall win total from a year ago. Wright leads the MAAC and ranks 33rd nationally with 5.5 assists per game. The crafty playmaker is third among all freshmen nationally with 171 assists. Wright was also second in the MAAC with 1.7 steals per game, and sixth in minutes played with 34.7 per game, and averaged 8.9 points per game. Wright was a three-time MAAC Rookie of the Selection.

Another key contributor in Siena’s turnaround has been Long. Long, who has started all but two of Siena’s games, was the Saints’ third leading scorer at 9.6 points per game, and fourth leading rebounder with 4.9 boards per contest. The 6-foot-6, 234-pound forward closed out the regular season by scoring in double figures in seven of the last nine games. Long was the MAAC’s Rookie of the Week for Feb. 17-23.