Row 1: Assistant Athletic Trainer Kevin Henry, Kristine Best, Captain Julianne Viani, Elise Caron, Captain Rachele Fitz, Captain Courtney Kolesar, Lynzee Johnson, Emily Stallings, Associate Head Coach Megan Gebbia, Head Coach Brian Giorgis
Row 2: Manager Sam English, Coach Erin Leger, Corielle Yarde, Maria Laterza, Brittany Engle, Brandy Gang, Assistant Coach Keila Whittington, Erica Allenspach
MAAC Championship Recap
The Marist Women's Basketball team got 22 points from both Julianne Viani and Erica Allenspach which helped them clinch their fourth-straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Championship. The win gave the Red Foxes the MAAC's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Allenspach's 22 points was a new career-high. She went 6-for-11 from the field, including four three-pointers, made all six of her free throws, and added six rebounds. Viani was 7-of-15 from the field and had a game-high six assists. Rachele Fitz recorded a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. Viani was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player as Fitz and Allenspach were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Marist shot 43.3% from the field and held Canisius to 32.3%. The Red Foxes also shot 34.5% from the beyond the arc, had 18 assists, and only nine turnovers. Canisius out rebounded Marist 42-37, but scored only nine points off of 14 offensive rebounds. The team finished with an overall record of 29-4 on the season.
NCAA Tournament Recap
The Red Foxes went on to face the University of Virginia as the 12th seed in the Trenton Region where they fell 68-61 to the Cavaliers. Erica Allenspach scored 18 points to lead Marist while Rachele Fitz had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Virginia's senior guard Monica Wright scored all of her 13 points in the second half, including two key 3-pointers down the stretch, to push the fifth-seeded Cavaliers past Marist in the first round of the tournament. Ariana Moorer led the Cavaliers with 16 points. Aisha Mohammed had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Lyndra Littles scored 13.
The Cavaliers started the second half on a 9-0 run to erase the five-point halftime deficit. Virginia had a decisive 16-3 run midway through the second half. Wright started it with 8:50 left with a three and Littles had a layup to give the Cavaliers a 57-40 advantage with six minutes to go. The Red Foxes hit five consecutive three pointers in the final three minutes, including three from Allenspach, but Mohammed hit two free throws and Moorer had three to stifle a comeback. Marist finished with an overall record of 29-4 on the season.