ALBANY -- The Niagara women played a near-flawless second half and coasted to a surprisingly easy 66-54 win over Manhattan this afternoon in the MAAC quarterfinals. The Purple Eagles, who were 3-28 one year ago, earned a date with four-time defending champion Marist in Saturday's semifinals at 11:30 a.m.
Niagara shot 16-for-29 in the second half and had 19 assists overall. Manhattan, which had beaten the Eagles twice in the regular season, shot 17-for-48 against Niagara's swarming half-court defense.
Freshman Kayla Stroman, the MAAC rookie of the year, and Liz Flooks scored 17 points apiece for Niagara. Rachele Folino had 13 points and Jaclyn Konieczka 10 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.