Row 1: Assistant Sports Information Director Dara Ely, Assistant Coach Erin Leger, Fifi Camara, Julianne Viani, Kristein Hein, Alisa Kresge, Shannon Minter, Kristen Vilardi, Courtney Kolesar, Nikki Flores, Manager Chera Watson, Manager James McGrath, Assistant Megan Gebbia, Head Coach Brian Giorgis
Row 2: Danielle McCray, Sarah Smrdel, Mary Alice Duff, Alexis Waters, Meg Dahlman, Student Athletic Trainer Michele Zielinski, Athletic Trainer Trisha Donnelly
MAAC Championship Recap
The top-seeded Marist women's basketball squad defeated third-seeded Loyola 68-57 in the 2006 MAAC Championship game at the Pepsi Arena. Redshirt sophomore Meg Dahlman won Most Valuable Player honors as she scored 15 points and snared 11 boards in the title match. The championship was Marist's second after winning the 2004 crown.
Marist had three players in double figures which included Dahlman's 15, Nikki Flores with 14 and Fifi Camara with 10. Three Red Foxes also had double-digit rebounds that included Sarah Smrdel's game-leading 13, Dahlman's 10 and Alisa Kresge's 10 to go along with six assists and seven points.
The Red Foxes took a 41-25 lead into halftime and picked up right where they left off to start the second with an eight point run to grow the lead to 24. Loyola did not give up though as they battled to within ten with 8:32 left to play. Over the next few minutes the two teams traded baskets until Loyola went on a run of their own to pull within 4, 61-57, with two minutes to play. Marist’s defense was solid over the final minutes as Loyola did not score again in the game. Marist finished their season with a 23-5 record on the year.
NCAA Tournament Recap
The Red Foxes went on to face the 12th ranked Georgia Bulldogs in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The team fought hard led by Fifi Camara’s 20 points and 10 rebounds but fell 75-60. Marist could not overcome 23 points apiece by the Bulldogs’ Tasha Humphrey and Sherill Baker.
Georgia trailed 17-16 before Kendrick's 3-pointer with 11:23 remaining in the first half started an 11-1 run that gave the Bulldogs the lead for good. They scored the first 10 points after the break and held Marist scoreless for nearly 5 minutes, stretching the lead to 50-33. The Red Foxes followed with 12-4 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Julianne Viani that pulled them within nine with 12 1/2 minutes remaining. However, Georgia was just too strong. Baker had six points during a 17-3 spurt that gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead at 71-48 with just over 6 1/2 minutes left.
Georgia shot 48 percent from the field (28-for-59) and held Marist to just 35 percent (21-for-60). Humphrey was 8-for-16, and Baker 8-for-14. The Bulldogs also had a 40-33 edge in rebounding, and 15-7 in steals. Marist finished 23-6 on the year and earned their second MAAC Championship Title.