Tuesday's opening round action from the MAAC Tournament. Games are held at JIm Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Tournament action tipped off at 9:30 a.m. Coffee please….
Iona 74 Rider 58
Iona opened up the Hercules Tires MAAC Basketball Championship with a resounding victory. The Gaels used a 23-7 run in the first half to turn an early deficit into a 10-point lead late in the first half. Juana Camilion led the way for Iona with a game-high 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. It was Iona’s first MAAC tournament victory since 2019. Iona is now 11-15 while Rider, led by Jessika Schiffer’s 19 points, finished at 9-21.
Saint Peter’s 49 Marist 29
In a game with a less than artistic offensive display, Saint Peter’s avenged last season’s MAAC final loss to the Red Foxes. Kendrea Williams and Kaila Dawkins led the way for Saint Peter’s with 10 points each. Sky Castro added a season high 9 points and career high 19 rebounds. Kendall Krick was Marist’s leading scorer with 10. Saint Peter’s shot 35% from the floor. Marist, in coach Brian Giorgis’ last game, shot 19% and was 1 of 22 (5%) from beyond the arc. Marist finished 7-21 while Saint Peter’s is now 13-17. It was the first time in Giorgis’ outstanding career, the Red Foxes did not win a game in the MAAC tournament. Marist has captured 11 MAAC titles during his time on the sidelines.
Canisius 71 Monmouth 65
Monmouth fell short. In the big picture, under first year mentor Ginny Boggess, they won 14 games, their most since 2016-17. Canisius advanced on the strength of a 26 point outing by Dani Haskell.The sophomore guard added 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Stella Clark led Monmouth with 19 points while Lucy Thomas added 16. Canisius shot 48% (45% from three). Monmouth field goal percentage was 43. Hawks struggled from long distance going 4 of 21 for 19%. Monmouth finished 14-16 while Canisius is 6-24.