STAFF REPORTS


The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced Thursday that all senior women’s basketball players have been named to the 2020 Hercules Tires MAAC Women’s Basketball All-Tournament Team.

Seniors Shannon Conely, D’Jhai Patterson-Ricks, Anna Sweny and AJ Timbers received the designation for Canisius.

The Golden Griffins season came to an end on March 10, following an opening round loss to Siena. In that contest, Timbers recorded her first career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Patterson-Ricks finished the game with 16 points, six steals and six assists. Conely added six points and eight boards and Sweny collected seven caroms, two assists and a steal.

Conely was a four-year member of the Blue and Gold, finishing her career averaging 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. She tallied a career-high 23 points as a junior in a triple-overtime thriller at St. Bonaventure Nov. 13, 2018. A two-time MAAC All-Academic honoree, the Bethel Park, Pa., native earned her bachelor’s degree in health and wellness and will complete her master’s in business administration this May.

Patterson-Ricks arrived on Main Street prior to the 2018-19 season and quickly established herself as one of the team’s best scorers. In two seasons, the Fayetteville, N.Y., native averaged 13.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. She was named to the All-MAAC Third team following her junior season where she posted 11.8 points per game while shooting 36.4 percent from the perimeter. Patterson-Ricks registered 43 games of double-digit scoring numbers, including a career-high 27 points in a come-from-behind win over St. Bonaventure on Nov. 17, 2019. The guard will earn her degree in communications this spring.

Sweny was also a four-year member of the women’s basketball program, appearing in 119 games, tying her with former Griff Kara Haun for eighth all-time. She finished her career with 136 steals, which ranks 20th all-time in program history. This season she registered single-game career-high in points (12), rebounds (10), steals (seven) and 3-pointers made (four). A three-time MAAC All-Academic selection, the Erie, Pa., product has already earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and will earn her master’s degree in business administration at the end of this semester.

Timbers was only a Griff for the 2019-20 season, where she recorded the second-best single-season 3-point field goal percentage in program history, connecting on 43.0 percent of her attempts from behind the arc. The graduate transfer averaged 9.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 28 games, both of which were career highs. The forward scored a season-high 19 points at home against Iona on Feb. 6. Timbers will graduate from Canisius with a master’s degree in sport administration.




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