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Jeff Jacobs: It Ended Early For Quinnipiac's Maria Napolitano, But She'll Be Cheering In NIT

Jeff Jacobs: It Ended Early For Quinnipiac's Maria Napolitano, But She'll Be Cheering In NIT

She felt her left knee go. She wasn't ready to let her basketball career go.

In the first half of what would become an emotional 66-59 Quinnipiac victory over Monmouth Sunday in the MAAC Tournament semifinals, Maria Napolitano planted her foot awkwardly while playing defense.

"The offensive player came into me and, as soon as it happened, I knew something was wrong," Napolitano said. "But I didn't think it was to the extent that it was. I just wanted to get up and walk it off."

Napolitano, the youngest daughter from a Cincinnati family filled with athletic daughters, had committed to Quinnipiac four years ago without meeting any of the players. That's...

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