Women’s basketball to face Fairfield in MAAC Championship game

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — The Manhattan Jaspers are scheduled to face the Fairfield Stags (24-6, 19-1 MAAC) in the Hercules Tires MAAC Championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday on ESPNews. It will be Manhattan’s first appearance in the championship game since 2003, following a 72-59 semifinal win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats.

Manhattan’s (21-10, 14-6) road to the championship game saw them knock out Canisius on Thursday in the quarterfinals before getting the better of Quinnipiac on Friday. Saturday’s game will pit the Jaspers against the top-seeded Stags, who are coming off double-digit wins over Iona and Niagara to advance to their first league game since 2012.

Jaspers are led by All-MAAC First Team selection Dee Dee Davis who is averaging 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and five assists in two games at Atlantic City. Meanwhile, the third-team All-MAAC recipient Brazil Harvey Carr is averaging 16.5 points and nine boards in his first MAAC tournament. Graduate student Courtney Warley is playing in his fifth MAAC tournament and has contributed 11.5 points and nine boards per game in both games. Prior to the start of the tournament, Warley earned All-MAAC First Team honors for the second time in his career.

In the two games played at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall, Manhattan outscored and passed their opponents by a combined 25 points and 27 rebounds. The Jaspers come into Saturday’s league game riding a four-game winning streak and winning seven of their last eight games. Since beating Monmouth at home on Jan. 25, Manhattan has gone 12-2.

Fairfield won the MAAC regular season championship with a 19-1 record against league opponents. The Stags are led by three-time All-MAAC first-team selection and MAAC Player of the Year Lou Lopez-Senechal, who is averaging a league-high 19.4 points per game. The Stags offense also includes All-MAAC third-team recipients Callie Cavanaugh and Rachel Hakes.

Manhattan lost both games to Fairfield during the regular season — a 70-55 decision at Fairfield on Jan. 20 and by a score of 75-63 at Draddy Gym on Feb. 26. Last season, the two met in the quarter-finals, which ended in a 51-40 victory for the Stags.

The winner of the MAAC Championship Game will receive an automatic offer to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

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