Monday, March 19, 2012

Manhattan Women Advance IN WBI Tournament

Marist isn't the only women's team still active in national post-season play.

There's also the Manhattan women, who advanced to the Women's Basketball Invitation (WBI) semifinal round for the second straight year with a 78-63 quarterfinal round victory over Holy Cross on Sunday.

The Jaspers, who got a career-high 25 points from senior forward Schyanne Halfkenny, are now 18-15 overall.

And, as a very involved follower of MAAC women's basketball ... kudos to Halfkenny, who quite easily could be recognized as the most-improved player in the conference this season. Against Holy Cross she added five rebounds, four assists and did not commit a turnover.

Senior forward Lindsey Loutsenhizer added 17 points, seven rebounds and a career-high seven steals in the game. And senior guard Alyssa Herrington, who took over as the team's point guard late in the season, had eight assists for the second straight game.

The victory was the fourth for Manhattan in WBI play over the past two years and sends it to a semifinal-round contest against Minnesota (17-17) in Minneapolis, Minn. at 8 p.m. Friday night.

The Manhattan-Minnesota winner moves on to the event's championship game against either Northern Iowa or Seattle on Sunday.

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