JERSEY CITY, NJ - St. Peter's gave Manhattan a scare but in the end left the floor still searching for their first victory.
The Jaspers held off St. Peter's 73-66 in the MAAC opener for both teams on Thursday. The game, at St.Peter's Yanitelli Center, dropped the Peahens to 0-12 while the Jaspers improved to 4-8.
The pace and efficiency:
Manhattan utilized a great deal of zone but the tempo was fast as St.Peter's trailing by double digits, pressured defensively and pushed the pace down the stretch.
The Four Factors:
St. Peter's struggled on the offensive end against the zone. They settled largely for perimeter shotds. In the stretch when they cut a 20 point deficit to a one possession game, a lot of those perimeter tries beyond the arc found the bottom of the net. During that run, they received their best inside play from 6-1 senior Kaydine Bent (12 points 9 boards).
Jaspers struggled with the St.Peter's pressure committing 18 turnovers or a TO every four possessions (25% rate). Offensively they shot very well with the eFG mark punctuated by a 12 of 26 (46%) mark from three.
Kristal Edwards paced St.Peter's with 17 points. The 5-11 senior forward is the team's leading scorer but very unselfish. Edwards handed out a team high seven assists on the night.
Monica Roeder of Manhattan is a matchup problem. The six foot junior is big enough to work outside and a deadly outside marksman as well. Roeder finished with a game high 26 points, shooting 6 of 12 from three point land.
Point guard Allison Skrec was going to get a mention considering yours truly officiated her games since she was in fifth grade. The Jasper junior merited a note handing out a game high 10 assists. She did committ a game high 7 turnovers but overall coach John Olenowski of Manhattan was pleased with her play.
Interim coach Tiffany Jones of St.Peter's said an immediate priority is improving the overall team shooting. Creating some easy shots is a step in the right direction. The Peahens shot only 36.9% from the field (44% eFG) but did enjoy an 11-0 edge in transition points. Getting those easy buckets is a positive step toward offensive improvement.
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