EDISON, NJ – Fairfield University sophomore guard Curtis Cobb tied the MAAC single-game record with 46 points in the Stags 97-79 victory over Manhattan.
Cobb shot 16-of-23 from the field and 9-of-12 from three-point range. Cobb ties the MAAC single-game record held by A.J. English. English recorded 46 points on December 1, 2015 against Fairfield.
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Fairfield's Curtis Cobb & Quinnipiac's Mikey Dixon Earn LifeStorage Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Curtis Cobb, Fairfield
So., 6-5, G, Fall River, MA/Wilbraham & Monson
Curtis Cobb averaged 34 points per game including a MAAC single-game tying record 46 points as Fairfield finished the week with a 2-0 record. In the team’s win over Manhattan, Cobb set the school single-game scoring record with his 46 points and tied the Stags’ single-game three-point field goals standard with nine. His 46 points is the second-highest single-game scoring high in Division I to this point this season. He made 16 of 23 field goal attempts and 9 of 12 three point tries versus the Jaspers. Earlier in the week, Cobb netted a team-high 22 points in Fairfield’s 93-87 decision over Iona, making 7 of 11 field goal tries and 4 of 6 three point attempts. For the week, Cobb averaged 34 points, two assists, and 1.5 blocks per game. He shot 67 percent from the floor (23 of 34) and 72 percent from three-point range (13 of 18). He netted 9 of 12 free throws as well.
Rookie of the Week
Mikey Dixon, Quinnipiac
Fr., 6-2, G, New Castle, De/Sanford School
Dixon had a huge week to help the Bobcats to a 2-1 record, averaging 20.7 points on 55.3 percent shooting to go along with 5.0 assists. He had 23 points in a road win over Niagara to start the week, which included a go-ahead three-pointer with 55 seconds left to put the Bobcats ahead by one, and the winning basket with 23 seconds left after Niagara took the lead back. After scoring 16 points in a loss at Canisius, he capped off the week with 23 points on 7-11 shooting and seven assists in a win over Manhattan. Dixon was also 16-16 at the foul line this week, extending his streak to 30 made foul shots in a row.
Fairfield's Curtis Cobb Named MET DI Player of the Week
NEW YORK (Jan. 10, 2017) --- Curtis Cobb of Fairfield in Division I and Frank Schettino of the College of Staten Island in Divisions II-III have been named Men’s Players of the Week, respectively, by the Met Basketball Writers Assn.
The designations, for games played Jan. 2-8, are unique in that they encompass players from 74 Met area schools across Divisions I, II and III.
A 6-5 sophomore guard from Fall River, MA, Cobb --- who also was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference player of the week --- averaged 34 points in a 2-0 week for the Stags (8-5). He tied the MAAC single-game mark with a school-record 46 points (the second-highest single-game standard in Division I so far this season) in a 97-79 victory over Manhattan. In that game he canned 16-of-23 field goal attempts, including 9-of-12 from beyond the arc.
Earlier in the week, Cobb netted a team-high 22 points in Fairfield’s 93-87 victory over Iona, making 7-of-11 field goal tries, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. For the week Cobb shot a lofty 67.6% (23-of-34) from the floor, including 72.2% (13-of-18) from 3-point territory.
A 5-11 senior guard from Staten Island, NY, Schettino --- who also was named the CUNY Athletic Conference player of the week --- averaged a triple-double in a 2-0 week for the Dolphins (8-6).
Schettino scored 21 points while adding 13 assists and eight rebounds in a 77-68 triumph over Baruch, then followed with 18 points, 12 rebounds and a single-game school-record 17 assists in a 99-72 win over Medgar Evers. For the week he averaged 19.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 15.0 assists.
Players receiving MBWA Men’s Division I Honorable Mention for the week: Michael Carey, Wagner; Angel Delgado, Seton Hall; Stephan Jiggetts, Fairleigh Dickinson; Marcus LoVett, St. John’s; Jordan Washington, Iona.
Players receiving MBWA Men’s Divisions II-III Honorable Mention for the week: Riley Collins, Drew; Jon Feiler, NYIT; Derek Leohner, FDU Florham; Charlie Marquardt, Molloy; Austin Mofunanya, Pace; Christopher Moseley, Ramapo; Justin Reyes, St. Thomas Aquinas; Fernando Vazquez, St. Joseph’s-LI.
Previous MBWA 2016-17 Men’s Players of the Week: Dec. 6, Tim Coleman, NJIT, and Joseph Lopez, Sacred Heart, Div. I; Thomas Bonacum, Ramapo, Divs. II-III; Dec. 13, Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s, Div. I; Justin Reyes, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Jamail Stanley, SUNY Old Westbury, Divs. II-III; Dec. 20, Angel Delgado, Seton Hall, Div. I; Matt Miller, U.S. Merchant Marine Acad., Divs. II-III.
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Fairfield's Samantha Cooper & Monmouth's Kayla Shaw Take Home LifeStorage MAAC Women's Basketball Weekly Honors
Player of the Week
Samantha Cooper, Fairfield
R-Jr., F, Sudbury, Ontario/Lockerby Composite School
Samantha Cooper averaged a double-double with 15.0 points and 10.7 rebounds as the Stags won three games in a five-day span. The MAAC leading rebounder had a game-high 12 boards in the comeback win against Monmouth and also led all players with 13 caroms against Siena. Against Monmouth, Cooper helped the Stags pull off one of the biggest comebacks in program history. The Stags rallied from 18 points down as Cooper’s three-pointer in the fourth quarter gave Fairfield its first lead of the night. Cooper also added 3.3 assists and shot 6-of-13 (46.0%) from behind the arc.
Rookie of the Week
Kayla Shaw, Monmouth
Fr., G, Scottsdale, AZ/Chaparral
In three games this week, Monmouth’s freshman guard Kayla Shaw scored a total of 47 points and knocked down 13 three-pointers. Shaw scored nine points in Monmouth’s 79-69 win over Marist on Monday. On Wednesday, she scored 17 points on five triples against Fairfield. In Monmouth’s 17-point victory over Saint Peter’s on Saturday, the freshman poured in a career-high 21 points on another five three-pointers, hitting three triples in the first 5:49 after earning her fourth start of the year. Shaw added eight rebounds in the three games. The Arizona native has scored in double-digits nine times this season.
Iona's Marina Lizarazu Named 2016-17 Senior CLASS Award Candidate
OVERLAND PARK, KS – It has been announced that senior Marina Lizarazu of the Iona College women’s basketball program is a candidate for the 2016-17 Senior CLASS Award®. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character, and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Lizarazu is among 30 eligible candidates from across the country. The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists in February, and those 10 will be placed on the official ballot. If selected as a finalist, a voting system of media, coaches, and fans will select the student-athlete who best personifies the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four this March. For more information on the award and the candidates, visiting seniorCLASSaward.com.
Iona's Women's Basketball Alumna Damika Martinez Continues Professional Career In Spain
SPAIN – Damika Martinez ’15, the leading scorer in Iona College and MAAC history, has taken the next step in her professional basketball career, joining the Universidad de Oviedo program in Spain.
Martinez arrived in Spain two days ago, and will soon be playing with the program until the conclusion of its season in April. The three-time MAAC Player of the Year will be joining fellow Maroon & Gold alum Joy Adams ’16 on the court for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
“I am incredibly excited for this opportunity. Being able to continue to my career and now play with Joy again will be a very fun experience.”
When asked about having a fellow Gael with her in Spain, Adams stated: “I think it’s really cool that we get to play together one more year.” Continuing, Adams mentioned, “In college we would always joke about playing professional basketball together. I still can’t believe it’s actually happening. She will be a great addition to our team.”
Thus far this season, Adams is averaging 22.0 PPG, 10.4 RPG, and 2.8 APG.
Martinez, the three-time All-Met First Team selection, led the MAAC in scoring all four years she played. Her 2,581 career points rank top 50 all-time in division I history, and third all-time in the New York Metropolitan area behind Monclair State’s Carol Blazejowski ’78, and Rutgers’ Sue Wicks ’88.
The Universidad de Oviedo’s next game in on Saturday, Jan. 14 against the Barcelona team.
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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Partnership with Sport Changes Life
SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today its formal partnership with Sport Changes Life, a registered UK charity and US nonprofit organization that works in disadvantaged communities to help young people find a path to a brighter future with the help of international student-athletes. The Basketball Hall of Fame, in combination with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, aims to support this cause by helping to extend their reach across the Atlantic.
“Basketball, and sports in general, undoubtedly provide opportunities some may never find otherwise,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The Sport Changes Life Foundation has done tremendous work in Northern Ireland with the help of American athletes and we look forward to teaming up to support their efforts.”
The Sport Changes Life Foundation began in 2007, with its founding partner Ulster University and Chaka Travel, awarding elite scholar-athletes from America the chance to earn a Master’s degree while simultaneously working in disadvantaged international communities and raising the aspirations of young people through sport. Since the program’s launch, 78 Victory Scholars have traveled abroad to work throughout the Island of Ireland to engage and inspire young people all while continuing their education and playing the sport that they love.
“Sport Changes Life is honored to partner with the Basketball Hall of Fame to spread the message of our mission and provide unique meaningful opportunities to youth and collegiate student-athletes alike, “said Gareth Maguire, CEO of Sport Changes Life. “We are also delighted the Rory Foundation has become a formal partner. The Foundation, set up by golfer Rory McIlroy, has given us a platform to reach into various communities and create awareness and understanding of the work we do. As a global ambassador, we are delighted to have Rory on board.”
“The Rory Foundation is delighted to hear Sport Changes Life are teaming up with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In the year, we’ve been working with Sport Changes Life, we’ve seen what great experience the Victory Scholars have been getting throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland and we’re looking forward to what the future brings,” said Barry Funston, Chief Executive of the Rory Foundation.
As part of this announcement, the Basketball Hall of Fame welcomed several distinguished guests including Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Commissioner of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rich Ensor, Chief Executive of the Rory Foundation Barry Funston, Director of Global Sales and Guest Services for Aer Lingus Jack Foley, and Lord Mayor of Belfast, Northern Ireland Brian Kingston.
The newly formed partnership intends to create a series of ongoing community relations events and initiatives, as well as basketball tournaments, to be held in Belfast vicinity beginning in 2017. Formal announcements surrounding specific events will be released at a later date.
About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference:
With 11 institutions strongly bound by the sound principles of quality and integrity in academics and excellence in athletics, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) is in its 36th year of competition during the 2016-2017 academic year. Current conference members include: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter's University, and Siena College.
About Sport Changes Life:
The primary goal of the Sport Changes Life Foundation is to provide an opportunity for raising the aspiration of young people on both sides of the Atlantic so that they can live out their dreams and guide them as sport changes their lives. We are a sports foundation built on inspiration, hope and victory. SCL works in disadvantaged communities to help young people find a path to a brighter future with the help of our international student-athletes, the Victory Scholars. In February 2016, SCL formally partnered with Rory McIlroy charity the Rory Foundation, as both foundations strive together to help change the lives of young people on the island of Ireland and beyond.
For more information on the Sport Changes Life Foundation:
Visit us online: www.sportchangeslife.com
… on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SportChangesLifeFoundation
… on Twitter/Instagram: @Sportchanges @Victoryscholars
… or call 001 44 2890 454 964
About the Rory Foundation:
The Rory Foundation was established in 2013 to help children live better lives, to raise funds and offer support to children’s charities with a special meaning and purpose for Rory. Beneficiaries of the Rory Foundation so far include the Cancer Fund for Children, Mencap NI and Sport Changes Life (all based in Northern Ireland), Barretstown, the Jack & Jill Foundation and LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. The Rory Foundation will host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for the third year in 2017.
About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.
For more information on the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Visit us online: www.hoophall.com
… on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BBHOF
… on Twitter/Instagram: @hoophall #HoophallInternational
… or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA
Sport Changes Life Foundation Media Contact:
001 44 2890 454 964
Rory Foundation Media Contact:
Aileen Gaskin, The Communications Clinic
00353 87 7724 717
Basketball Hall of Fame Media Contact:
Nicole Taylor, Position Sports
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