2014 MAAC Women’s Champions!

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Congratulations to the Marist Red Foxes, 2014 MAAC Women’s Basketball Champions after defeating Quinnipiac 70-66.

The Red Foxes had a fight on their hands against the #4 Bobcats, but were able to battle back to win 70-66, claiming their 9th MAAC Championship, and 10th in the last 11 years. The Red Foxes were led in the game by Sydney Coffey who scored a game high 23 points, and was named Tournament MVP. The Bobcats were led by Brittany McQuain who recorded a double double with 20 points and a game high 12 rebounds, including 8 offensive rebounds. The Bobcats finish their first season in the MAAC as the runner up in the Women’s tournament.

The Red Foxes will play in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.

Women’s Finals Preview

Tipping off in just over 10 minutes will be the #2 Marist Red Foxes and the #4 Quinnipiac Bobcats. This is the third meeting of the year between the teams, with Marist winning both matchups earlier in the year. Marist currently is on an 8 game winning streak while the Bobcats are on a 3 game streak.

The Red Foxes have won 9 of the past 10 MAAC Championships and the last 8 in a row. They are the number 3 team in the MAAC in offense scoring with 72.7 points and are ranked 1st in the conference in defense, allowing 59.1 points per game.  Emma O’Connor leads the team in scoring with 13.9 points per game and rebounds with 6.8 boards per game. O’Connor leads the MAAC in field goal percentage shooting 57.2% and followed by teammate Madeline Blais who is shooting 53.7%.

The Bobcats are completing their first season in the MAAC, finishing the regular season in 4th place and defeating the #1 seed Iona in the Semifinals. Quinnipiac is ranked second in the MAAC in scoring offense with 73.8 points per game and are allowing 67.6 points per game. Jasmine Martin leads the Bobcats in scoring with 15.2 points per game, holding the number 5 spot in the conference ahead of Emma O’Connor for Marist. Brittany McQuain is in the top 3 of the MAAC in rebounding with 9.3 rebounds per game, and Gillian Abshire is leading the MAAC averaging 6.6 assists per game.

The winner of this match up will receive an automatic bid to the Women’s NCAA Division I Basketball Championship tournament.

Men’s Semifinal Results

The first game saw  the #1 seed Iona defeat #4 seeded Canisius 73-70. The Griffins were behind most of the 2nd half, being down by 12 with 14:15 remaining in the second half. They battled all the way back to tie the game with 56 seconds left until David Laury hit a layup extending the lead to 73-70. Chris Manhertz dunked one home for the Griffins to close the gap to 73-72. The Gaels then hit their next 2 free throws to close out the game and the season for the Griffins. The Gaels were led by Sean Armand with 21 points and David Laury helped off the bench snatching 12 rebounds. The Griffins were led by Billy Baron with a game high 23 points and was helped by Chris Manhertz who had a double double with 15 points and a game high 13 rebounds.

The second game saw #2 seed Manhattan and #3 seed Quinnipiac play in the second Semifinal game, with Manhattan taking the lead early in the 2nd half and never looking back, ending the Bobcats first season in the MAAC. The Jaspers were led by George Beamon with a game high 25 points, including shooting 55% (5-9) from 3 point range. Rhamel Brown also helped the Jaspers, falling one rebound shy of a double double (16 points and 9 rebounds). The Bobcats were led by Ike Azotam who had 18 points and a game high 10 rebounds. As a team, Manhattan shot 47% (9-19) from 3 point range compared to Quinnipiac’s 20% (2-10).

#1 Marist will look to defend their conference title against  in the 2014 MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship game against #2 Manhattan, a rematch of last year’s championship game. The game will be played on Monday, March 10 at 7:00 PM, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

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Women’s Semifinal results

The first game saw #4 Quinnipiac defeat the #1 seed Iona 79-68. The score was tied at 24 going into halftime and the Bobcats came out in the 2nd half and lead the rest of the way taking the win to advance to the finals. The Bobcats were led by Brittany McQuain and Jasmine Martin, both scoring 17 points for Quinnipiac. The Gaels were led by Player of the Year Damika Martinez and a game high 32 points, who was helped by Joy Adams who recorded 20 points and grabbing a game high 17 rebounds.

The second game saw #2 seed Marist and #6 seed Rider play in the second Semifinal game, with the Red Foxes advancing to the finals by a score of 70-59. Marist was led by Emma O’Connor who recorded a double double with a game high 23 points and 12 rebounds. Casey Dulin also added 6 points, moving her past the 1000 point mark in her career at Marist. Stephanie Mason led the way for the Broncs with 18 points and Julia Duggan got a double double with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

#2 Marist will look to defend their conference title against #4 Quinnipiac, who are finishing their first year in the conference,  in the 2014 MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship game. The game will be played on Monday, March 10 at 2:00 PM.

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Late Quarterfinal Results for Men’s MAAC Championship

The late games have been completed for the 2014 MAAC Men’s Championship Quarterfinal games.

The third game of the quarterfinals saw #2 Manhattan defeat #7 Saint Peter’s 72-58. Manhattan was led by Rhamel Brown, recording a double double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Manhattan was also helped by Michael Alvarado with 17 points. Marvin Dominique led the way for the Peacocks with 24 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.

The final game of the quarterfinals saw the #3 seed Quinnipiac defeat #11 Niagara 89-80. The Bobcats were led by Shaq Shannon with 20 points and Ousmane Drame who had a double double with 15 points and 16 rebounds before fouling out of the game with just under 45 seconds to play in the game. Niagara was led by Antoine Mason who had a game high 28 points.

#2 Manhattan will play #3 Quinnipiac second semifinal match for the men’s bracket. The game will be played on Sunday, March 9 at 7:00 pm.

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Early Quarterfinal results from Men’s Tournament

The early games have been completed for the 2014 MAAC Women’s Championship Quarterfinal games.

The first game saw #1 Iona defeat #8 Rider 94-71. Iona held the lead the whole game, with Tre Bowman leading all scorers with 28 points, and was helped by Sean Armand, 20 points, and a double double from David Laury posting 18 points and a game high 11 rebounds coming off the bench. Rider was led by Anthony Myles with 19 points.

The second game saw #4 seed Canisius and #5 seed Siena play their first games of the tournament with Canisius winning 71-65 in a back and forth game with each team holding a 6 point lead at some point in the game. Billy Baron led the way for the Griffs posting 17 points. Chris Manhertz helped lead the way for the Griffs with 10 points and pulling down a game high 11 rebounds. Brett Bisping led the way for the Saints with a game high 22 points and falling one rebound shy of a double double with 9 boards in the game. Both teams were even in every statisic, but Canisius held a 3pt shooting advantage shooting 45% (10-22) compared to the Saints 35% (6-17).

#1 Iona will play #4 Canisius in the first semifinal match for the men’s bracket. The game will be played on Sunday, March 9 at 4:30 PM.

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Early Quarterfinal Results for Women’s Championship

The early games have been completed for the 2014 MAAC Women’s Championship Quarterfinal games.

The first game saw #1 Iona defeat #9 Monmouth 71-56. Joy Adams led all scorers with 29 points and also pulled down 16 rebounds for the Gaels, and Damika Martinez helped in the winning effort by adding 23 points of her own. Monmouth was led by Helena Kurt and Chevannah Paalvast with 13 points. Chevannah Paalvast also eclipsed the 1000 point mark in the game.  Jasmine Walker recorded a double double for Monmouth adding 12 points and hauling in 10 rebounds.

The second game saw #4 seed Quinnipiac and #5 seed Canisius play their first games of the tournament with Quinnipiac winning 72-61, leading from the first whistle to the final buzzer. Quinnipiac was led by Camryn Warner who had 17 points and Brittany McQuain added to the effort with a double double (13 points and 12 rebounds). Canisius was led by the game high scorer Kayla Hoohuli with 23 points in the defeat.

#1 Iona will play #4 Quinnipiac in the first semifinal match for the women’s bracket. The game will be played on Sunday, March 9 at 11:00 AM.

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Late Quarterfinal Results for Women’s Championship

The late games have been completed for the 2014 MAAC Women’s Championship Quarterfinal games.

The third game of the quarterfinals saw #2 Marist defeat #10 Siena 87-65. Marist led the entire game, with Madeline Blais leading all scorers with 16 points and also was tied with Casey Dunlin for the team lead in rebounds. Siena was lead by Kelsey Booth, who recorded a double double with 14 points and a game high 13 rebounds, and was helped by Kanika Cummings with 14 points off the bench in the loss.

The final game of the quarterfinals saw the #3 seed Rider defeat #6 Fairfield 63-57. Rider was led by Myneshia McKenzie posting a double double with a game high in both points with 28 and rebounds with 16. Katie Cizynski led the way for Fairfield with 15 points.

#2 Marist will play #3 Rider in the second semifinal match for the women’s bracket. The game will be played on Sunday, March 9 at 1:30 PM.

Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster or at the MassMutual Center Box Office.