Row 1: Head Coach Brian Giorgis, Assistant SID Kelly McCarthy, Assistant Coach Megan Gebbia, Kristin Keller, Captain Maureen Magarity, Kristen Vilardi, Shannon Minter, Shooter, Becky Rosado, Assistant Coach Casey Rumsey, Assistant Coach Jazmine Wright
Row 2: Assistant Athletic Trainer Sara MacDonough, Mary Alice Duff, Kristin Hein, Stephanie Del Preore, Laura Whitney, Erin Leger, Alisa Kresge, Nina Vecchio, Kerry Sullivan, Vicki Wancel, Megan Vetter
MAAC Championship Recap
The Marist College women's basketball team won its first-ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament with a 76-74 win over Canisius. The Red Foxes, 20-10 prior to the NCAA Tournament, earned their second 20-win season in program history and made their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
Stephanie Del Preore hit a pair of free throws with :18 seconds to play to put up the Red Foxes 75-72. Following a Canisius lay-up, Nina Vecchio hit her first free throw, with :06 to play, and a last second jumper by Becky Zak fell short to seal the victory for the Red Foxes.
Del Preore was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player, as she scored 30 points and had a double-double with 16 rebounds in the game. Over the course of the three games in tournament play Del Preore averaged 23 points and 9.7 rebounds.
Maureen Magarity was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts in Marist’s conference title victory. In the Championship Game, Magarity scored 18 points and pulled in five rebounds for the Red Foxes. Over the tournament, Magarity averaged 14.3 points and 6.0 boards. Marist shot 41.1 percent (30-73) from the field throughout the game and the team lit it up in the first half going 19-37. The teams both pulled in 47 rebounds for the game. Marist held a 20-19 advantage on the offensive glass. The Red Foxes finished the 2003-04 season with an overall record of 20-11.
NCAA Tournament Recap
Marist went on to play their first-ever NCAA Tournament game at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, AZ. They fell to the number three seed Oklahoma Sooners in the Midwest Region, 58-45. The Sooners (24-8) opened a game-high 20-point lead (47-27) with 9:22 remaining in the game, appearing to have put the Red Foxes away, but that was not the case. Marist scored the next 15 points in the game bringing the score to 47-42 with 4:06 to play in the game. After a made free throw and a jumper by the Sooners, Megan Vetter hit a pair of free throws to make it a two-possession game, with 2:45 to play, 50-44. Oklahoma pulled away by making 4-4 from the free throw line and outscored Marist 8-1 in the final 2:45 of play.
Marist was solid defensively, forcing 21 Sooner turnovers. The Red Foxes had an assist on 11 of their 15 field goals in the game. The team dominated the offensive boards, pulling in 12, while allowing Oklahoma just four. Stephanie Del Preore paced the Marist effort with 12 points and six boards. Kerry Sullivan played 20 minutes off of the bench for the Red Foxes, scoring 10 points, including 7-10 from the free throw line. Alisa Kresge tied a career-high with four steals in the game, while dishing out three assists, and pulling down five boards. Vetter finished with seven points and four boards, while Magairty added six points.
The 2003-2004 season was one of numerous firsts for the Red Foxes, as they earned their NCAA berth on the strength of winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament and Regular Season titles. It was Marist's first winning season in 11 years and was just the second 20-win season in program history. The Red Foxes finished the season with an overall record of 20-11.