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Women's Basketball Faces Niagara in the MAAC Championship First Round

Women's Basketball Faces Niagara in the MAAC Championship First Round

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Thursday, March 1 – Monday, March 5
Times Union Center - Albany, NY


Saint Peter's (4-25, 1-17) vs. Niagara (12-17, 9-9)

When: Thursday, March 1, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Times Union Center - Albany, NY

Opening Word
Saint Peter's opens up the 37th Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Basketball Championship on Thursday, March 1. The No. 11 Peacocks will meet the No. 6 Niagara Purple Eagles in the first round with tip off set for 1:30 p.m. on ESPN3.

Season's Series
Saint Peter's dropped to Niagara in both meetings this season. On February 3, Niagara defeated the Peacocks 62-52 in the Gallagher Center. Zoe Pero led the the team with 17 points and the team's high of eight rebounds. Saint Peter's fell to Niagara 87-52 on January 20 in the Yanitelli Center. Haley Dalonzo led the team with 15 points and Pero followed with 11 points.

All-Time vs. Niagara
Friday marks the 68th meeting all-time against Niagara. The Peacocks hold the 45-22 all-time series lead over the Purple Eagles.

Scout on the Niagara
Niagara last defeated Marist 68-61 on February 24. Victoria Rampado led the team with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Rampado leads the team averaging 20.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

Peacocks at the MAAC Championship
The Saint Peter's women's basketball team is one of the most successful MAAC programs in the league's 37 year history. The Peacocks have won nine MAAC titles, the second most all-time only trailing Marist (10), and the program has made 12 total title appearances, tied for the most all-time with Marist.

Last Time Out
Saint Peter's fell to Siena 70-36 on February 25. Haley Dalonzo led the team with nine points and Talah Hughes posted eight points. Dajiah Martin led the team with eight rebounds.

Leading the Squad
Talah Hughes leads the team, averaging 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds a game. Zoe Pero is averaging 8.8 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. Sajanna Bethea averages 7.4 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. Alyssa Velles follows Bethea with 7.2 points per game, along with a 35% 3-point shooting average. Freshman point guard, D'Aviyon Magazine, follows with 4.5 points per game.

1,000 Point Club
Talah Hughes scored her 1,000th career point on January 26 at the Yanitelli Center versus Monmouth. Hughes became the 21st player in Saint Peter's women's basketball history, and the second player under head coach Pat Coyle this season, to score 1,000 career points.

Senior forward, Sajanna Bethea scored her 1,000th career point on December 10 at UMass. Bethea became the 20th member of the 1,000 point club and was the first Peacock to surpass 1,000 career points since 2008-09.

Rookie Double-Digit Club
Shooting guard Haley Dalonzo scored a career high 21 points, leading the Peacocks in a loss against FDU on December 21. Power forward, Dajiah Martin scored 10 points on December 7 against UMass Lowell. Freshman point guard. D'Aviyon Magazine reached double digits for the first time on November 12 against Lafayette scoring 12 points. Magazine then topped her career high on February 1 posting 13 points in matchup against Siena.

Saint Peter's returned nine players and added an additional five freshman to the team this year.

Impact Players

Dajiah Martin is a freshman forward who has seen 26 starts this season. Martin averages 3.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. The power forward notched her career high of 10 points against UMASS Lowell on December 7, 2017.

Sophomore point guard Sammy Lochner has played a valuable role for the Peacocks this season. Lochner averages 22.3 minutes and leads the team with three assists per game.

Forwards Off the Bench
Power forward, Sam Meier, has played as a dominant defensive player for the Peacocks this season. Meier notched her season high of six points at UMASS on December 10, 2017.

Sophomore Ashlie Howell has appeared in 18 games so far this season. The center recorded her career-high of eight points against Niagara on January 20.

Rookie Precious Featherson is a crafty post player for the Peacocks. Featherson notched her career high of six points in game against Fairfield on February 19.

Guards Off the Bench
Sophomore Brianna Tarabocchia has appeared in every game this season. Tarabocchia played her best game of the season against Quinnipiac on January 13 with nine points and two steals.

Freshman guard Haley Dalonzo is averaging 3.3 points per game in 11.3 minutes of action. Dalonzo notched her career high of 21 points against Fairleigh Dickinson on December 21. The shooting guard is making 36.3 percent of her 3-point shots and 34.5 percent of her free throws.

Freshman Anna Maguire scored her first collegiate points against St. Francis Brooklyn on November 30 and knocked down a three pointer in a game against Yale on December 12.

Meet The Coaching Staff

Pat Coyle

Pat Coyle is in her fifth season as head coach. In 2016-17, Coyle led the Peacocks to their best conference start under her lead, winning two of the first three MAAC games. She also earned her second career win over MAAC powerhouse Marist, giving Saint Peter's their first road win over Marist in 15 years. In 2016-17 Coyle coached her second MAAC All-Rookie selection in Zoe Pero. During her second season in 2014-15, the Peacocks defeated the defending league champion, Marist in the regular season and advanced to the MAAC Quarterfinals. Sajanna Bethea became the first player under Coyle to earn all-league recognition with MAAC All-Rookie honors in 2014-15 and as an All-MAAC Preseason second-team selection in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Prior to Saint Peter's, Coyle served as assistant coach at Pittsburg from 2010-12, where she helped advance the Panthers to the Big East Tournament second round in her first season. For more than 10 years Coyle coached the WNBA's New York Liberty, including five seasons as head coach. As assistant coach the Liberty recorded a record of 181-187 and a 81-89 mark as head coach.

Coyle returned to the MAAC after coaching Loyola from 1993-98 where she guided them to their only two MAAC championships and NCAA appearances.

A 1982 Rutgers Hall of Fame player,  Coyle returned to her alma mater to serve as an assistant coach in 1985-89. Coyle helped the Scarlet Knights to a 110-19 including two trips to "Elite 8" and two appearances in the "Sweet 16."

Coyle finished her career with 1,209 points and currently ranks 23rd in team history. As a three-year-starter, she also registered 382 rebounds, 394 assists and 192 steals in 129 career games. She is a member of the united States Olympic Festival gold medal women's basketball team in 1979 and 1980 and also won a gold medal at the 1980 Pan American Games.

Phyllis Mangina

Phyllis Mangina begins her fifth season as an women's basketball assistant coach under Pat Coyle in 2016-17.

Mangina returned to the coaching ranks after retiring as the women's basketball head coach at Seton Hall in 2010. Mangina was the women's basketball head coach at Seton Hall for 25 seasons where she won more than 340 games and coached three honorable mention All-Americans and 18 All-Big East selections. She guided Seton Hall to two NCAA Tournament appearances and three trips to the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).

A standout point guard with the Pirates from 1977-81, Mangina led Seton Hall to a 93-28 mark during her four-year playing career. Mangina held the Pirate records in career assists (441), assists in a season (151) and career steals (269). She is currently 11th on the all-time scoring list with 1,195 points. Mangina was one of 13 former Pirate student-athletes inducted into the Seton Hall Athletic Hall of Fame.

Antonia Smith

Former player, Antonia Smith, will enter into her second season as assistant coach at Saint Peter's. Smith returns to her alma mater after serving as the U12 girls head coach of New Heights AAU travel team. Prior to becoming the head coach with the New Heights, she served as the assistant coach at Dwight School, during the 2015-16 season.

Smith played guard at Saint Peter's from 2011-15, appearing in 108 games over her four-year career, making 55 starts. She scored 728 career points, had 161 assists, grabbed 269 rebounds, and had 56 steals during her playing career. Smith recorded a career-high 26 points against Marist on Jan. 23, 2014.   

Smith earned her degree in health and physical education in 2015.