Jersey City, NJ - In the aftermath of Manhattan’s 66-56 victory over Saint Peter’s on Tuesday at Run Baby Run Arena, Marc Mitchell was not in the best of moods. The Saint Peter’s coach praised his team’s resiliency. The Peacocks trailed by as much as 19 in the third period before making a run to trim the deficit down to two possessions. Mitchell’s displeasure resulted in losing two key players to foul trouble.
"You take away two of the best players in the MAAC to foul trouble on some questionable calls and you are caught in a tough situation," Mitchell said. The players alluded to were 5’9" Kendrea Williams and 6’2" Kassondra Brown. Williams, Saint Peter’s leading scorer at 16.,5 ppg, led the Peacocks with 13 points in 14 minutes of action. Brown, a 15.1 ppg scorer with a 9 per game rebounding norm, scored 8 with 5 boards before fouling out. Brown logged 12 minutes on the night.
Manhattan was led by Dee Dee Davis with a game high 20 points. Courtney Warley added 13 points and 11 rebounds from her center position. When asked if Saint Peter’s was bothered by Manhattan’s size, Mitchell reiterated, "size wasn’t a problem. Having two of the best players in the MAAC sitting on the bench with foul trouble was."
In the end, Mitchell did not blame foul trouble as the main culprit in this one. Saint Peter’s got off to a slow start trailing 6-0 after the game’s first five possessions, forcing the coach to call a time out. They scored three points the entire second period taking a 34-17 deficit into intermission. "You won’t beat many teams scoring three points in a quarter," Mitchell admitted.
Saint Peter’s (now 4-3 in MAAC play) entered the game on a two game win streak. Heather Vulin’s Jaspers (5-4 MAAC) were in the midst of a three game slide. Next up for Saint Peter’s is another home date. Marist comes to Run Baby Run for a 2 pm game on Saturday. "With Marist you get an outstanding coach in Brian Giorgis," Mitchell praised. "Plus you have to prepare for their motion offense. We will be ready."
Marist defeated Saint Peter’s in last March’s MAAC Tournament final in Atlantic City.