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Amanda Billy, shown here with head coach Bill Finney, was named the Marymount Female Athlete of the Year at the annual athletic awards banquet. She also won the Coach's Award for the 2009-10 season.
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After the Saints 2010 final contest and Finney's last game...
His last game at Marymount ended with a loss at the NCAA Sectionals, but the 2010 team and the 26 before gave him a lot of reasons to smile. (Photo courtesy of Roger Rapp)
Women's basketball falls to Hope in NCAA Sectionals
The Saints made a valiant run at advancing to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament, making comebacks in both halves to tie Hope College, but the Flying Dutch overcame MU's final run to defeat the Saints, 53-46, in the NCAA Sectionals at Illinois Wesleyan University.
The defeat ended the Saints' dream of a national championship but did nothing to diminish the success of the overall season for Marymount.
And the Saints had a chance against the #4 ranked team. After trailing by nine points at 41-32 with 10:40 to go, MU went on a 14-5 run that included two three-pointers by Amanda Billy to tie the game at 46-46 with 2:36 remaining in the game. Hope's Carrie Snikkers answered with a traditional three-point play to put the Flying Dutch up by three with 1:50 to go and the Saints could not answer.
Marymount had made a similar run in the first half -- after trailing by nine points, the Saints rallied to tie the game at the intermission, 24-24.
The Saints were led by Billy with 11 points and three rebounds. Tara Eddy added 10 points and six rebounds. It was the final game for four seniors -- Kathleen Brown, Meredith Levison, Christina LaVigna and Terell White. White finished with eight points, two assists and three steals while Brown had five points and a team-high eight rebounds. Levison tallied six points and LaVigna had two points and six boards.
And it was also the final game for head coach Bill Finney who is retiring after 27 seasons with the Saints. He ends up with a record of 553-193 and 16 NCAA post-season appearances.
Marymount tied the school mark for most wins in a season with its 28-2 mark and finished with 3 tournament titles including the CAC championship, the MU-Marine Tip-Off tournament and the MU Holiday Classic.
Finney wins regional coaching honor
Women’s basketball coach Bill Finney was named Region 3 Coach of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. This is the second time in Finney’s career that he has won regional coaching honors.
Finney, who was also the winner of similar honors for the Capital Athletic Conference this season, is in his final season with the Saints, who are playing in the NCAA Sectionals this weekend at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.
Marymount (28-1) will face Hope College (29-1) in Friday’s 5:00 pm CT game. Wisconsin-Steven Points will play Illinois Wesleyan in the nightcap.
Finney is currently in his 27th season with the Saints and has an overall record of 553-192 (.742). Among active coaches in NCAA Division III, he was ranked #10 coming into this season by wins and 24 th in winning percentage.
His team recently won his 11th CAC championship in 20 years of league play. His teams have a conference record of 254-54 (.825).
Finney has taken his teams to 16 NCAA post-season appearances including one Final Four in 2002, an Elite Eight and seven additional Sweet 16s. In addition, his teams won back-to-back national scoring titles in 1993 and 1994 when they averaged 92.4 and 89.4 points per game.
The eight regional coaches become finalists for the Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year. This award is presented on April 5 at the WBCA Convention held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.
Saints women's basketball off to Sweet 16
The Saints will travel to Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington, Illinois for their sectional matchup with Hope College on Friday, March 12 at 6 pm ET, 5 pm CT. Wisconsin-Stevens Point will face the host school, Illinois Wesleyan in the second half of the doubleheader on Friday.
The four teams playing this weekend in Bloomington will be vying for the right to return again to the same site the next week for the Final Four on March 19-20.
Marymount (28-1) is making its 16th appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Saints have been to three consecutive post-season NCAA tourneys and this is the ninth time they have advanced to the Sweet 16. Their opponent, Hope College is 29-1 on the season. Hope has made 12 NCAA tournaments with this season's bid being its fifth straight. The Flying Dutch are going to their third straight sectional round.
The two teams have one common opponent this season, Adrian College. The Saints defeated Adrian in December at the Cruzin' Classic in Ft. Lauderdale, 66-58. The Flying Dutch defeated Adrian, one its conference members, three times this season, 77-53, 58-56 and 66-54 in the conference championship game.
Illinois Wesleyan (28-1) will face Wisconsin Stevens Point (23-6) in the nightcap on Friday. Both teams are making their seventh NCAA appearance. Stevens Point is a two time national champion in 1987 and 2002, with the latter year being the same year the Saints advanced to the Final Four.
The two winners of Friday's games will meet at 7 pm (CT) on Saturday to determine which team will punch its ticket to the Final Four.
The Saints celebrate their upcoming trip to the Sweet 16 after they won two straight NCAA tournament games at home on Friday and Saturday.
Saints advance to the Sweet 16 with win over Medaille
Marymount had four players in double figures as they broke open a game that was tied with 10:51 to go in the first half to go on to defeat Medaille, 74-44, in a second round NCAA Division III women’s basketball game. The Saints will advance to the sectional round next Friday for the ninth time in school history.
The Saints and Medaille were tied 17-17 just over nine minutes into the game but from that point on MU outscored the Mavericks, 17-7 to lead 34-24 at the half. Three three-pointers by Amanda Billy and eight points from Kathleen Brown in the opening 20 minutes helped MU to its half-time advantage.
And then the Saints opened the second half the way most coaches love to see a team do and made the large, loud crowd very happy. Brown opened the period with a traditional three-point play in the first 16 seconds. She followed with a lay up after a Medaille miss to put MU up 39-25 and the visitors called a timeout to try to regroup at 18:13. Two minutes and 14 seconds later there was another Maverick timeout as the Marymount lead had increased to 21 points after triples by Christina LaVigna and Billy and a lay up by Beth Wiggins.
The Saints kept pulling away from that point as they ended up shooting 49.1 percent from the field for the game while holding Medaille to 34 percent. MU also dominated the boards winning that area by a 45-23 margin.
Amanda Billy led all scorers with 18 points, all on threes. She shot 6-9 from long-range. She also handed off four assists. Kathleen Brown had 15 points, going 7-10 from the field. She had a game-high nine rebounds in 23 minutes of play. Christina LaVigna and Tara Eddy each finished with 11 points. Eddy added seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.
For the second night in the NCAA tournament, the Saints allowed no one on the opposing team to score in double figures. Amanda Sahhar and Tiffany Sullivan each tallied nine points for the visitors. Sahhar added five rebounds while Sullivan had five assists. Medaille finishes its season with a 26-3 record.
Marymount, which has won 13 in a row, improves to 28-1 tying the school record for most wins in a season which was set in 1997. The Saints will learn tomorrow where they will play their next game in the sectional round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
NCAA Division III Women's Basketball -- Friday, March 5
Medaille will play Marymount at 7 pm on Saturday at Marymount University.
The Marymount Saints women's basketball team defeated Scranton in the NCAA Division III first round game, 57-41 and will host Medaille (NY) in the second round game tomorrow on the Saints' home court at 7 pm.
MU's defense, which is second in the nation in points allowed, was swarming the entire game -- allowing the visitors just 19 first-half points and 22 in the second period. No players for the Lady Royals reached double figures.
After Scranton opened the scoring on a layup by Megan Kopecki, the Saints evened the score with a Kathleen Brown basket. Both players are leading scorers for their respective teams but each player would score only two points more in the game. But MU’s Brown would help her team in others ways, with a season-high 15 rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shots.
Marymount gained the lead for good at the 14:45 mark of the opening period when Jackie Bohenek scored on a layup to make the score 9-7. They were the first two points of a 9-0 Saints’ run that included five points from Tara Eddy who had 10 in the first half. MU increased its lead to 31-17 with nine seconds remaining before Sidney Jaques hit a jumper as time expired to make it 31-19 at the intermission.
Eddy started the scoring for MU in the second half and then the Saints withstood a couple of Lady Royal runs – one cut the lead to eight points at 37-29 with 14:18 to go but a layup by Terell White put the lead back up to double digits – and another that cut the lead to seven points at 39-32 with 11:20 but that is as close as Scranton would get.
The Saints were led by graduate student Tara Eddy who had a game-high 21 points, going 8-12 from the field including 3-3 in three pointers. She also had four rebounds and two steals and held the Lady Royals leading scorer (Kopecki) to just four points. Terell White added 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Scranton (22-6) was led by Jennifer King with nine points. Tayler Pallotta added seven points and a team-high nine rebounds.
The Saints are now 27-1 and have won 12 games in a row. They will face Medaille in a second round NCAA game tomorrow at 7 pm.
The Saints celebrate the announcement that they will host first and second round NCAA tournament games on March 5-6 in the Verizon Sports Arena.
CAC Title comes back to Marymount
The Saints celebrate their CAC championship -- the 11th for the Saints in 20 years of CAC basketball.
After three years without winning the title, the Marymount women's basketball team went on the road to Mary Washington, a familiar spot for women's basketball title games, and held on to claim the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference championship with a 50-48 win over the Eagles.
It was a game that displayed a lot of nerves on both teams in the beginning and then some great defense. The teams scored in fits and starts in the opening period and after the first 20 minutes there were more turnovers (24) than made baskets (14). The Saints led at the intermission, 19-17.
The Eagles came out quickly in the second half to outscore the Saints 6-2 in the first 1:45 of the period to lead 23-21. Following a Marymount timeout, Tara Eddy hit a three-pointer to put MU back up 24-23. After a layup by UMW's Katie Wimmer, Terell White hit on a jumper and Eddy made one of two from the foul line to give MU a 27-25 lead. Carol Dye tied the game at 27-27 with 16:10 to go.
From that point, the Saints went on a 9-0 run to lead 36-27 with 13:19 remaining. During that stretch Jackie Bohenek made a three-point play and the Saints got baskets from Kathleen Brown, Meredith Levison and Terell White.
The Eagles cut the lead to four points at 36-32 at the 12:32 mark but Marymount had the answer and built the lead back up to 11 points with a 7-0 run. MU reached its biggest lead (13 points) with 5:37 following a layup by Kathleen Brown at 49-36 with 5:37 to go.
And then the Eagles made their biggest run of the game -- outscoring the Saints 12-0 over the next five minutes as UMW got timely three-pointers from Ashley Reed and Jenna McRae. Following Carol Dye's layup to bring the game to 49-48 with 36 seconds remaining, the Saints had the ball.
UMW fouled at the 30-second mark but MU was not in the bonus so took the ball out of bounds. The Eagles fouled Terell White with nine seconds remaining and she made the first and missed the second to make the score 50-48. Following a Mary Washington timeout, the Eagles brought the ball into the front court, passed the ball to the baseline when a UMW player stepped out of bounds with the ball with one second remaining. A safe MU inbounds pass to Amanda Billy and the game was history.
Kathleen Brown was the game's leading scorer with 14 points, including 10 points in the second half. She also had a team-high five rebounds. Terell White finished with nine points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Tara Eddy added eight points and two steals. Meri Levison tallied seven points, four rebounds and a steal.
For the four seniors (Brown, LaVigna, Levison, White) and the one graduate student (Eddy), they would not be denied this championship. The five players combined for 42 of the Saints' 50 points. While LaVigna and Eddy were on the team that last won a CAC title in 2006, this is the first one for Brown, Levison and White.
Carol Dye was the top scorer for the Eagles with 13 points. She also had a game-high eight rebounds. Claire Brooks added eight points. Mary Washington, which had won three straight CAC titles, move to 21-5 on the season.
By virtue of their win, the Saints are now 26-1 and have gained the CAC's automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA tournament which begins on Friday, March 5. Marymount will be making its third straight NCAA tournament appearance. Brackets for the tournament will be announced on Monday at 12:30 pm. The announcement of the teams and pairings will be Web cast on www.NCAA.com at that time.
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Coach Bill Finney to retire in August
After nearly 27 seasons and 548 victories (and counting), Marymount head women’s basketball coach and athletic director, Bill Finney, announced his plans to retire in August.
Finney, whose teams have averaged more than 20 wins per year for each of his 27 seasons with the NCAA Division IIII school, will end his coaching some time in the next one or two months, depending how deep his team plays in the post-season. The Saints currently are posting a 23-1 record and are ranked nationally #7 in two national polls.
Finney, who was one of the founders of the Capital Athletic Conference in 1990, saw his teams dominate the early years of the conference. In fact, the Saints won the first seven CAC titles and have won 10 of the 19 championships in women’s basketball.
He is a four-time conference coach of the year, a one-time regional coach of the year and coming into the 2009-10 season, is ranked 38 th among all active NCAA coaches (Divisions I, II and III) in number of victories with 525. His winning percentage is .733. Among Division III coaches, he was in tenth place coming into this season for victories among active coaches, and 11 th place among all DIII coaches.
Finney has led his teams to 15 NCAA post-season tournaments, including in 2009 and 2008. His highest finish was a Final Four in 2002. In addition to that there was one other Elite 8 finish and six other Sweet 16 finishes in the Saints’ appearances.
Marymount University President James E. Bundschuh says, “Bill Finney is an incredibly effective athletic director and coach. But even more important, he is an outstanding mentor, role model, and inspiration for our student-athletes. Bill cares deeply about each individual’s growth and success in athletics, in academics, and in the attainment of personal character.”
He has coached one National Player of the Year in Cori Carson and ten first team and honorable mention All Americans. And his teams have been as solid in the classroom as they have been on the court. The grade point average for his teams has been above a 3.0 for each of the past 12 consecutive semesters.
Back in the early 90s, Finney’s teams played a “run and gun” style where the goal was to get a shot off in 10 seconds or less. The 1993 and 1994 teams each won National Scoring Titles – with the highest points-per-game average among Division III schools. The 1993 team hit for 92.4 points per contest and the 1994 team averaged 89.4 points per game. And the 1993 team still holds the NCAA Division III record for the most consecutive games with at least 100 points, which is five games.
Now the focus is more on defense. This current team is holding its opponents to 46.8 points per game – third best in the nation and more than seven points better than any previous MU team.
His players and teams can be found among the NCAA record book, including a 48-game home winning streak which is seventh among DIII schools and as the 13 th highest winning percentage team (.733) and one of only three players with multiple “triple-doubles” – Cori Carson in 1997 (points, rebounds and blocks).
Finney was the driving force for the Marymount Athletics Hall of Fame which began in 2006. Six of his former players have been inducted thus far including Debbie Clise, ’88; Jessica Turgon, ’97; Mary Gardiner, ’85; Karen Still, ’94; Candice Brown, ’02; and, Marlene Grimes, ’91.
Finney has always prided himself as a teacher of the game. He gains a lot of satisfaction in seeing his former players follow him into coaching. Currently, he has two players who are head coaches at Division III programs – Candice Brown at Vassar College and Ashlee Courter at Franklin & Marshall College.
Both of his assistants this year, CK Calhoun and Stephanie Witko, are former players and two others are assisting at other programs – Randi Jones at Eastern Mennonite and Carolyn Riley, as a grad assistant at VCU. Many others have had their hands in coaching youth, high school and college programs.
He also has been the director of athletics since 1989 where he oversees 12 sports (six men and six women’s teams). During his tenure he has overseen the introduction of women’s lacrosse, men’s golf, and men and women’s cross country to the campus.
The school will begin an immediate national search for his replacements at both positions, according to Chris Domes, the vice president for student development and enrollment management at the Arlington school.
Women's basketball wins on Pink Night
The Saints made six of their first seven shots and had a 14-4 lead after three and a half minutes enroute to a 76-36 Capital Athletic Conference win over Salisbury on the Pink Zone night at home. It was also guest coach night as Jef Dolan, MU professor in the communications department joined the Saints on the bench for their victory. (See pix below as she was presented with an MU sweatshirt by Terell White.)
MU was not able to keep up the blistering pace but the Saints did manage to shoot 41.9 percent for the opening period while holding the Sea Gulls to just 26.7 percent (8-30). Marymount led 39-17 at the intermission.
The Saints hit on 43.8 percent in the second half, going 14-32 as they steadily increased their lead. And they kept the defensive pressure on -- forcing Salisbury into 34 turnovers for the game.
MU got balanced scoring with four players in double figures led by Amanda Billy with a game-high 18 points. She was 7-12 from the floor including 4-7 in threes. Kathleen Brown added 14 points, nine rebounds and two blocks while Christina LaVigna had 13 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block. Terell White tallied 12 points, handed off four assists and four rebounds.
Glen Charlton was the top scorer for Salisbury with 10 points. She also had five rebounds and two assists. Janay Johnson and Katie McGahagan each tallied six points with four and five rebounds respectively. Salisbury drops to 9-13, 6-8 for the season.
Marymount won its seventh straight game and improved to 22-1, 13-1. The Saints will face the only team that has beaten them this year, Mary Washington, at home on Wednesday at 6 pm.
The Saints were one of more than 1500 teams to participate in the Pink Zone this season. Sponsored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, the Pink Zone raises breast cancer awareness and raises funds for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. The MU women's team wore pink uniforms donated by Little River Yoga. (See pix below)
Saints honor four seniors at Stevenson game
The Saints honored their four seniors in their CAC game against Stevenson. The four young women, Kathleen Brown, Christina LaVigna, Meredith Levison and Terell White have been an integral part of the Marymount’s women’s basketball program and also of the Marymount community itself. They were told that they will leave an enviable legacy for future classes at Marymount.
As of the start of the game, they had compiled a record of 81-24 – a 77.1 percent winning percentage. In the Capital Athletic Conference, they had won 81 percent of their games – going 47-11. Now you can add one more win to each of the columns.
They are the only team in MU history to win three consecutive Tip-off tournaments and three straight holiday tournaments and one of these seniors has been the MVP in each of those six tournaments. They have been to two NCAA post season tournaments, thus far, and have had three seasons with at least 20 wins. And their record this year so far equals that of the best in MU’s history.
In the game itself, the Saints took care of business early and won the game, 70-39.
See pix below from the pre-game ceremonies for the seniors.
Terell White is featured on the CAC Web site. To read, please click here.
Amanda Billy named 2010 Academic All District
Junior guard Amanda Billy was selected to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Billy, a mathematics major with a 3.64 grade point average, was named to the District III second team. The Syracuse, N.Y. native is a Dean's List student.
Currently, she is averaging 13.2 points per game which places her sixth in the Capital Athletic Conference in scoring. She is averaging 3.0 three-pointers a game, which leads the conference and is 11th in the nation among NCAA Division III players. She also is fifth in the CAC in 3-point field goal percentage (.358).
She set a new single game Marymount record this season for three-pointers, hitting for eight in the season's opener against Gallaudet. She currently in the second place for a single-season three-point record for the Saints with 64.
This marks the fourth consecutive year that a Marymount women's basketball players has been named to the Academic All District Team. Stephanie Witko was honored in 2007 and Kathleen Brown in 2008 and 2009.
To qualify for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be a starter or significant reserve on her basketball team, at least a sophomore in class and maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average.
Congratulations women's basketball -- 3.31 GPA for Fall 2009
Senior guard Terell White became the 19th MU player under head coach Bill Finney to score over 1000 career points. White reached the milestone in the 63-41 win over Salisbury on January 9, 2010.
The Saints accept the championship plaque from Dr. Liane Summerfield upon winning the 2010 Marymount Holiday Classic tournament. MU defeated Montclair State, 65-58 in the title game.
Kathleen Brown is CAC Athlete of the Week
For the second consecutive time, Kathleen Brown is the Capital Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week in women's basketball for the week ending January 3. She also won for the week ending December 20, the last time it was awarded.
Brown, who was named the Most Valuable Player for the MU Holiday Classic, scored 47 points, had 24 rebounds and four blocks for the three games of the week. She shot 16-23 from the floor (69.6 percent) and had game-highs with 21 points and 11 rebounds in the championship win over Montclair State.
Women's basketball takes Holiday Championship
Kathleen Brown (on left), tournament MVP, gets two of her game-high 21 points in the
championship here. On the right, with Dr. Liane Summerfield, is Tara Eddy, accepting her All Tournament award for the Holiday Classic.
Kathleen Brown is CAC Athlete of the Week
Senior forward Kathleen Brown was named Capital Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week in women's basketball for the week ending December 20.
Brown, a preseason All American, returned to the court in the Saints' sixth game of the season. She won the CAC honors for her second and third games of the season in the Cruzin' Classic in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida against Adrian College and North Central College.
She had 33 points, nine rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in the two wins. She shot 60 percent from the floor and 90 percent from the free throw line as she helped the Saints to their 9-0 record.
Saints Win Two at the Cruzin' Classic (December 16/18)
(But it was an adventure getting back home!!)
While the Saints were enjoying the fun and sun (see pix with most of the team below)
and winning two basketball games in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 16 and 18, the mid-Atlantic and Northeast portions of the country were socked in by snow.
Getting home was an adventure -- with members of the team and their families departing on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday! The majority of the team and coaches left sunny Florida on Sunday morning (one day later than planned) -- facing a delay in departure of about an hour before taking off -- only to get almost to Richmond to be told that National Airport was still closed and the flight was diverted to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for about 45 minutes.
Once we took off again, we got to National and then had to wait just prior to our gate for about another 40 minutes while the place at the gate got deiced. When we finally got to the airport terminal the team then experienced a similar delay waiting for luggage.
But once it was all collected, the ever faithful Marymount University Shuttle sytem with drivers, Mr. Raymond Hinson and Mr. Robert Crenshaw, provided door-to-door service from the airport back to Marymount. (THEY WERE GREAT!!! And such a welcome sight to see after a day that had begun with a 4 AM wake-up call.) And they had to get to us through just a little bit of snow (see pix below). To see more pix from Florida please click here.
Women's basketball wins Marine Tip-off Championship
The Saints completed a "three-peat" as they successfully defended their 2007 and 2008 Marymount Marine Tip-Off Tournament title with a 69-59 win over Gwynedd Mercy in the championship game. Prior to this three-year run at the title, the last time the Saints won at least two in a row was 1995 and 1996.
MU opened the game with a 5-0 run on a trey by Meredith Levison and a jumper by Amanda Billy. The Saints increased their lead to 11 points at the 15:40 mark when they led 14-3. The Griffins closed on the tiring Saints at the end of the first half to trail 39-32.
The Saints opened their lead back up to 12 points at 49-37 at the 13:55 mark of the second period. The Griffins went on a 13-2 run to cut the lead to 51-50 with 7:30 to go in the game. But a three-pointer by Amanda Billy and then free throws by Levison and Jessica Hopkins put the lead back up to seven points at 57-50 with 6:21 to go. The Griffins would get no closer than four points for the rest of the game.
Marymount was led by tournament MVP Terell White who tallied 14 points, had nine rebounds, six assists and one block. Amanda Billy finished with 22 points, five rebounds and two steals and was named to the All Tournament team as was Maame Amponsah who had nine points, a game-high 10 rebounds, three assists and a block.
Freshman Jessica Hopkins put in another gritty performance with six points, including going 4-4 from the free throw line. Meredith Levison finished with eight points, two assists and rebound.
The Griffins were led by Jackie Dooley and Erica Fulforth. Both were named to the All Tournament team and each scored 11 points in the title game. Dooley added four rebounds. Bryn Cotteta tallied 10 points and also had four rebounds. Gwynedd Mercy now stands at 2-1 on the season.
For the weekend, White had 49 points, 19 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and a block. Billy tallied 45 points, including 11 three-pointers, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. Amponsah finished with 29 points, 32 rebounds, four assists and a block.
The Saints now stand at 4-0 on the season and will play next on December 3 when they host St. Mary's in a Capital Athletic Conference game at 6 pm as part of a women-men's doubleheader.
Senior guard Terell White was MVP of the 2009 Marymount-Marine Tip-Off tournament. She is shown here with Staff Sergant McNeil who presented the awards following the championship game. Juniors Maame Amponsah and Amanda Billy were each named to the All Tournament Team -- see pix below.
To see photos from 11/17/09 Gallaudet game please click here. (Photos courtesy of Timothy Blanchard)
Marymount Marine Tip-Off Tournament
Friday, November 20
1:30 pm Ferrum 82, Catholic 74
3:30 pm Gwynedd Mercy 81, Randolph 50
5:30 pm King's 62, Rutgers-Newark 54
7:30 pm Marymount 93, NC Wesleyan 38
Saturday, November 21
11:00 am Catholic 78, Randolph 64
1:00 pm Rutgers-Newark 73, NC Weslayan 27
3:00 pm Gwynedd Mercy 89, Ferrum 78
5:00 pm Marymount 64, King's 51
Sunday, November 22
9:30 am Randolph 68, NC Wesleyan 65 (7th/8th place game)
11:30 am Catholic 61, Rutgers-Newark 58(4th/6th place game)
1:30 pm Ferrum 66, King's 61 (3rd/5th place game)
3:30 pm Marymount 69, Gwynedd Mercy 59 (Championship game)
Women's basketball defeats Gallaudet in season opener
The Saints came into the game trying to figure out how to play without three probable starters, including All American senior Kathleen Brown, but a career-performance by junior guard Amanda Billy put MU at the top of the Capital Athletic Conference standings as they defeated Gallaudet, 68-59, in the season and conference opener.
Billy scored the first eight points for the Saints as they took an 8-2 lead. But the Bison quickly came back and tied the game at 8-8 nearly four minutes into the game. And then the visitors took at six-point lead at 18-12 with 11 minutes to go in the first half. But a three-pointer by freshman Zoe Saulsgiver, a jumper by Terell White and a layup by Christina LaVigna with a GU free throw in between saw Marymount tie the game at 19-19 a minute and a half later.
A three-pointer by Billy at the 1:42 mark (her fourth of the half) cut the Gallaudet lead to 34-33 at the half.
Terell White scored the first basket of the second half to give the Saints a 35-34 lead. Each team worked a four-point lead over the first 11 minutes of the second period. With 8:30 to go White's jumper cut the Bison's lead to two points at 47-45. Another trey from Billy at the 8:00 mark gave the Saints the lead for good at 48-47. Two more threes by Billy during the next four minutes and four more points from White gave MU its largest lead at nine points, 61-52.
Billy set a new school record for three pointers with eight in the contest. The old MU mark was six, held by four different players. In all she shot 10-18 from the floor, including 8-16 in threes. Along with her 28 points, she had four rebounds and a team-high three steals. She also tied the CAC record for single-game made three-pointers.
Senior guard Terell White played a solid floor game, handing off four assists while committing no turnovers. She shot 7-10 from the floor, 1-2 in threes and 5-6 in free throws to total 20 points along with four rebounds. Maame Amponsah had a game-high 15 rebounds and two assists. Christina LaVigna, back with the Saints following a year’s absence, had nine points and seven rebounds, shooting 4-8 from the floor. Freshmen Jessica Hopkins (four points) and Zoe Saulsgiver (three points) scored their first collegiate points.
Gallaudet had three players in double figures led by Easter Faafiti with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Shaquana McDonough added 18 points and five rebounds while Ann Whited had 10 points. GU falls to 0-2, 0-1.
The Saints are now 1-0 overall and the same in the CAC going into the Marymount-Marines Tip-Off Tournament this weekend. They will host NC Wesleyan on Friday at 7:30 pm.
Kathleen Brown is pre-season All American
Starting out where she left off last season, senior forward Kathleen Brown has been named a pre-season All American by D3hoops.com.
With five players on each team, Brown is a fourth-team selection and the only player from the Capital Athletic Conference to be named to the list.
Brown, who was Marymount's Female Athlete of the Year in 2008-09, was an honorable mention State Farm/WBCA All American and First Team All CAC. In 27 starts, she helped lead the Saints to a 20-7 record and an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. She averaged 15.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. She also shot 57.1 percent from the floor and 83.1 percent from the foul line.
She was a CAC scholar athlete for the third year in a row and a Second Team District Academic All American for the second straight year.
Saints run in Marymount 5K Challenge at Homecoming
Pre-race, the team is all smiles as they prepare for the Marymount 5K Challenge. Kathleen Brown was the top finisher for the Saints -- she was the third women overall. Julie Tomesheski, the second MU women's basketball player was first in her age group (under 19). Zoe Saulsgiver was second in that same age group.
Congratulations to our 2008-09 CAC Scholar Athletes!
*MU FemaleScholar Athlete of the Year
Women's basketball earns #21 academic ranking
The Marymount women’s basketball team has always prided itself for doing a fine job both on and off the court. And the Saints, with the release of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll, have secured the #21 spot for the 2008-09 academic year, with an overall team grade point average of 3.39.
This goes along with the Saints 20-7 record this past season, which included an at-large NCAA post-season tournament bid and rankings in the national polls throughout the season that were as high as #14.
“I’ve always said I like to recruit smart players,” said head coach Bill Finney. “This group is serious about being role models in our community and they never lose sight that in being student-athletes the “student” comes first.”
The Saints have a long history of being excellent student-athletes. Including both semesters in this most recent academic year, the MU women’s basketball team has had 12 consecutive semesters with a team GPA of at least 3.0 or better.
Nine members of the team were also named Capital Athletic Conference Scholar Athletes, awarded to conference student-athletes who have a grade point average of at least 3.2 for the year. They include Maame Amponsah, Amanda Billy, Kathleen Brown, Meredith Levison, Carolyn Riley, Rachel Sherman, Samantha Spencer, Julie Tomesheski and Kathryn Wilson.
Finney inducted into Arlington Hall of Fame
Bill Finney, shown here with MU Vice President Chris Domes at the Arlington Better Sports Club Annual Awards banquet, was inducted into the Arlington Sports Hall of Fame.
Marymount Director of Athletics and Women’s Basketball Coach, Bill Finney, was inducted into the Arlington Sports Hall of Fame (ASHOF) at the Better Sports Club of Arlington 53rd annual awards banquet.
Finney became just the 31st person inducted into the ASHOF, which was established in 1958. He has been the head coach for the women’s basketball team since 1983. In 26 years with the Saints, he has recorded a 525-191 record with a winning percentage of .733, which is good for 12 th among NCAA Division III coaches.
Finney’s teams have won 10 Capital Athletic Conference championships, in the 18 years of CAC championships. His teams have gone to 15 NCAA post-season tournaments which have resulted in one Final Four, two Elite Eight, and eight Sweet 16 finishes.
His teams have won two national scoring titles. In 1993, the Saints averaged 92.4 points per game and the following year, they again led the nation by averaging 89.4 points per contest.
Finney’s former players include the 1997 National Player of the Year, Cori Carson, and 11 First Team and honorable mention All Americans.
He is a four-time CAC Coach of the Year and one-time regional Coach of the Year. In addition to his coaching duties, Finney has been the director of athletics at Marymount since 1988 overseeing 12 men and women's sports.
The Marymount women's basketball team has a long and rich history both on the court and in the classroom. They have won ten Capital Athletic Conference titles (in 16 years) including the first seven in the CAC's history and most recently, in 2006. The Saints have advanced to the NCAA post-season tournament 14 times, moving on to the Final Four in 2002, the Elite 8 in 2004, and the Sweet 16 seven other times. The Saints are one of only three teams (of 425 in Division III) to advance to at least the Sweet 16 in the four seasons from 2001-2004. They also excel in the classroom with a team GPA over 3.0 for the past nine consecutive years and have had two CAC Scholar Athletes of the Year and one NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winner.
Under Head Coach Bill Finney (26 seasons), Marymount has run up a record of 525-191 with a winning percentage of .733 -- that's 12th among active Division III coaches for wins. In the Capital Athletic Conference, the Saints winning percentage is even higher -- overall the Saints are 214-48 in regular season conference play (.817) and with post-season tournament play included MU is 233-47 (.832).
Finney asks each player to approach everything she does by doing her best. A college career of giving her best, a lifetime of giving her best -- that is success! No one fails when she does her best. You can have individual and team goals but all require in the Saints' system that you DYB (do your best) in order to achieve. DYB at all times -- in the classroom, practice and games. The Saints want players who always do their best.
Schedule & results
March 12 -- NCAA Sectional Game at Illinois Wesleyan