Some additional notes and quotes from Tuesday's semifinals at Canisius College, where Sacred Heart beat Nardin, 38-29, and Nichols beat Mount St. Mary, 61-48:
* Sacred Heart will have the definite size advantage Sunday, but if Nichols shoots the way it did Tuesday, the Vikings will be tough to beat in the championship game.
* Congratulations to Mount St. Mary, which reached the semifinals for the first time in school history. Second-year coach Steve Gathers is building a nice program.
* Former Bills GM Tom Donahoe was among those in attendance.
And now, some additional quotes from Tuesday's games:
Sacred Heart sophomore Katie Healy
On the win: "We stayed under control and looked for good passes. We got some good open looks."
On playing varsity with her older sister: "It’s a lot easier. We know how each other’s game goes."
Sacred Heart coach Sister Maria Pares
On how Nichols beat them last game: "They pressed us. That’s exactly what happened to us. We know whoever we’re going to play is going to press us, so we’ll be working on it."
Nardin coach Jackie D'Orazio
On her team's energy level and the use of the full-court press: "In the first half we started slow. We did [use the press] in the beginning of the game, we just weren't getting what we wanted out of it."
Nichols coach Bob Torgalski
On the prospect of facing Sacred Heart a fourth time this season: "I just hope I’m healthy for Sacred Heart so we can give them a good run. They’re big. Sister [Maria Pares] is going to make her adjustments. She’s a smart coach, she’s been doing it for ages."
On how far the team has come: "The kids just hung in there. We talked about where we came from and where we are. Our tallest starter is 5-10."
Nichols senior Siobhan Hanley
On playing Sacred Heart: "They’re always a tough team. They’re really aggressive. I feel like if we play like we did today, we play as a team, we’ll definitely have a shot."
Mount St. Mary coach Steve Gathers
On is team's offensive struggles: "I think the whole night we played timid. The plan was to attack the inside. We were making passes from NBA range instead of attacking and dumping off. They weren’t that deep. They didn’t have as many players after their five starters. The idea was to get them into foul trouble and we didn’t even get near it.
On Hanley's shooting: "We really weren’t expecting her to be the shooter, but they’re all good shooters. I figured in this gym it’s going to be even tougher to hit the big threes. But once you hit one or two and you’re a shooter that’s just the way it happens."
Nichols and Sacred Heart will play at 1 p.m. Sunday for the MMA title at Daemen College.
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