WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: HAWKS OPEN MAAC CHAMPIONSHIPS AGAINST MANHATTAN
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MAAC Championships Central
Thursday, March 2, 2017
#10 Manhattan Jaspers (8-21, 4-16 MAAC) vs. #7 Monmouth Hawks (14-15, 9-11 MAAC)
Times Union Center - Albany, NY
Ending the regular season with a 14-15 overall record and a 9-11 MAAC record, Monmouth heads into the conference tournament as the seventh seed. The Hawks will take on tenth-seeded Manhattan for the third time in six games. The Jaspers earned the 75-61 victory in West Long Branch on February 16, but the Hawks got revenge in Riverdale, NY on February 24, 63-50. The Hawks arsenal starts at the three-point line, where the team set program records in 2016-17. Monmouth made 259 triples during the regular season, shattering the record set last year at 238. Freshman Kayla Shaw, who was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team this week, broke the individual record for three-pointers made in a season, hitting 88 on the season to pass Beth DiRenzo’s 80 during the 1990-91 season. Ten different Hawks average at least 12 minutes per game, including five freshman that average at least 15.7 minutes per contest. Heading into Albany, Monmouth leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage (33.5%), rebounds (42.0), offensive rebounds (14.5), defensive rebounds (27.4), and three-point field goals made per game (8.9), which also ranks ninth in the nation.
SCOUTING THE MANHATTAN JASPERS
Manhattan finished 10th in the conference with a record of 8-21 (4-16 MAAC). The Jaspers have lost seven out of their last eight games, with the only win coming at Monmouth on February 16. The team is led by Kayla Grimme, who earned Third Team All-MAAC honors. Grimme also won MAAC Player of the Week after scoring 25 points against the Hawks on Friday and a career-high 34 points in the regular season finale at Marist on Sunday. Guard Amani Tatum is adding 10.2 points per game and leads the team with 112 assists.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. MANHATTAN
Monmouth and Manhattan will meet for the third time in the last six games and 23rd time overall, with the Hawks taking the slight 12-10 all-time advantage. The teams each took a win this year, but the Hawks have won six out of the last seven meetings. This will be the first ever postseason meeting between Monmouth and Manhattan.