Row 1: Team Manager Melanie Vigario, Casey Dulin, Leanne Ockenden, Maria Laterza, Caroline Feeley, Emma O’Connor
Row 2: Director of Basketball Operations Cori Chambers, Team Manager Megan O’Neil, Suzzette Garnett, Corielle Yarde, Elise Caron, Erica Allenspach, Kristine Best, Assistant Coach Erin Leger, Assisant Coach Alisa Kresge, Athletic Trainer Kevin Henry
Row 3: Student Trainer Sarah Philpot, Team Manager Megan Murphy, Associate Head Coach Megan Gebbia, Kristina Danella, Brandy Gang, Kate Oliver, Head Coach Brian Giorgis, Emily Stallings, Kelsey Beynnon
MAAC Championship Recap
The Marist women's basketball team won its sixth straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship in 2011 with 63-45 win over the second-seeded Loyola Greyhounds at the Webster Bank Arena. Senior guard Erica Allenspach led the Red Foxes with 21 points and was named the 2011 MAAC Basketball Championship MVP. She was joined on the MAAC All-Tournament team by senior guard Élise Caron who added nine points and nine rebounds.
The Red Foxes won seven of the previous eight MAAC Championships dating back to 2004 under Head Coach Brian Giorgis. In the game, Marist out rebounded the Greyhounds 50-37, including a 16-6 edge on the offensive glass. Marist scored 30 of its 63 points in the paint and the reserves edged their counterparts from Loyola 14-3. Additionally, the Red Foxes scored 11 points off 13 Loyola turnovers.
NCAA Tournament Recap
Marist went on to face Iowa State in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. They won their 27th straight game with a 74-64 upset at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Sophomore Kate Oliver led the Marist starting five in double figures with 16 points, as the Red Foxes won their fourth NCAA Tournament game in program history. Oliver shot 7-for-14 from the floor and netted 11 points in the first half. She also had three blocks in the game, and added two steals in the final 47 seconds. Oliver was joined in double figures by the remainder of the Marist (31-2) starting lineup. Junior Élise Caron and junior Erica Allenspach netted 11 points and shot 7-for-8 from the free throw line. Corielle Yarde had a career-high eight assists.
In the second round, Marist faced the six seeded Duke Blue Devils. After Marist built an eleven point lead in the second half, the Blue Devils stormed back to win the game 71-66. Freshman Chelsea Gray scored all 13 of her points in the second half to help Duke rally from 11 down. Gray hit the go-ahead free throws with 2:27 left, part of an 11-0 run that helped the second-seeded Blue Devils escape what would have been a stunning loss on their own home court. She knocked down a 3-pointer, then followed up a couple free throws by poking the ball loose from Kate Oliver and getting out in transition for a layup that capped the run and gave Duke a 65-60 lead with 1:33 left. Corielle Yarde scored 25 to lead the 10th-seeded Red Foxes, who led most of the night and had a chance to force overtime. Trailing 69-66, Marist's Leanne Ockenden missed a good look on a 3-pointer in the final seconds. The Red Foxes finished the season with an overall record of 31-3.