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Manhattan WBB team loses identity lead to early exit in MAAC Championships

The Manhattan College Women’s Basketball team (9-21) lost their identity as a team, and as a result exited the Metro Atlantic Area Conference in the first round with a tough 87-66 loss to the Siena College Saints (9-21) in Playoff action on Thursday.

Nicole Isaacs. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

Nicole Isaacs. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

Manhattan which has established itself as a good defensive team could not find their groove, as the Saints went marching to a 47-30 lead at the half. Siena was just able to hit the big shots, grab the big rebounds and advance into the second round of the tournament.

“I’m very disappointed with our effort today, especially defensively,” Manhattan Head Coach John Olenowski said.  “Today we gave up a lot of open threes, and we kind of buried ourselves in the first half by allowing them to do that.  We tried valiantly in the second half to change defenses and get back in the game, but they kept making shots.  They deserve the outcome.”

There were some flashes of the Jaspers Women’s Basketball team that showed what could be pieces for a potentially very dangerous team for the 2014-15 season.

Junior Guard Nicole Isaacs (Fair Haven, NJ) had a career-high 20 points, draining six three-pointers to lead the way for Manhattan.  Sophomore Forward Shayna Ericksen (Long Valley, NJ) recorded her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 boards, while Junior Forward Ashley Stec (Cazenova, NY) did a great job in the low post position attacking the hoop for 13 points.

Sadly though for the two graduating members of the Manhattan College Women’s Basketball team, this was the last game wearing the green and white.

Leaving contributions to the program beyond what they accomplished on the floor both Allison Skrec and Monica Roeder did not leave this game without a fight.

Skrec once again did a fine job at the point position, her aggressive nose to the hoop style of play will be missed, the nine points and five assists were not true measures to what Allison had contributed to the game. As for Roeder she was able to net nine points to finish her career with 1,381, which ranks her seventh all-time.

Though it wasn’t the result the team had wanted with potentially 12 players returning for the 2014-15 season, and a very determined John Olenowski at the helm you had better keep an eye out for the Manhattan Women’s Basketball team, who will be one to watch for in years to come.

Fans are encouraged to check out our photo gallery by clicking here:

http://1495sports.com/2014/03/07/photo-gallery-manhattan-wbb-v-siena-maac-first-round/

Videos from the game can be seen here:

http://1495sports.com/2014/03/07/videos-manhattan-wbb-v-siena-maac-first-round/

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