Row 1: Head Coach Brian Giorgis, Bri Holmes, Caroline Feeley, Kristine Best, Brandy Gang, Leanne Ockenden, Casey Dulin, Tori Jarosz, Assistant Coach Erin Leger, Director of Basketball Operations Fifi Camara
Row 2: Manager Jill Hub, Associate Head Coach Megan Gebbia, Kristina Danella, Emily Stalings, Corielle Yarde, Suzzette Garnett
Row 3: Manager Megan Breslin, Assistant Coach Alisa Kresge, Shooter, Natalie Gomez, Emma O’Connor, Kelsey Beynnon, Maggie Gallagher
MAAC Championship Recap
The Marist Women's Basketball team continued their dominance of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 2012 as they cruised to a 61-35 win over second-seeded Fairfield to win their seventh consecutive Tournament Championship, and eighth in nine years. Corielle Yarde was named the Tournament MVP following the game. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Brandy Gang and Casey Dulin.
Yarde scored a game-high 16 points, 12 of which came in the second half, and added seven rebounds. Gang finished with 15 points, on 3-for-6 shooting from three-point range. Dulin was also in double-figures, as she scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Kelsey Beynnon added eight points and Kristina Danella came off the bench with seven points. The Red Foxes defense made seven steals, blocked five shots, which gave them 18 total blocks for the tournament, and forced Fairfield into just 21% shooting while Marist shot 50% (24-48) for the game.
The Red Foxes went on a 19-11 run over the final 14 minutes of the first half to take a 30-18 lead going into the locker room. The defense came out in the second half even stronger. After the Stags scored the first bucket of the half, Marist held them without another field goal until there was 6:43 remaining. The Red Foxes used a 24-3 run over that span to build a 31-point lead at 54-23. Fairfield’s total of 35 points was the fewest allowed in MAAC Championship Game history and Coach Brian Giorgis earned the 250th victory of his career.
NCAA Tournament Recap
The 13th-seeded Marist women's basketball team went on to win their fifth ever NCAA Tournament game as they defeated the fourth-seeded University of Georgia 76-60 in a first round game. With Georgia leading 32-31, Marist hit two three-pointers in the final minute of the half, one by Danella and the other by Yarde on a long step back shot with just seven seconds remaining on the clock to give the Red Foxes a 37-32 lead at the half.
The Red Foxes opened the second half scoring eight of the first ten points to open a double-digit lead at 45-34 with 17:51 left on the clock. With the lead at 51-42, Georgia scored 16 of the next 22 points to take a 58-57 advantage. Later the Bulldogs lead 62-61, Marist went on another run, this time scoring eight unanswered points. A pair of free throws and a layup from Gang, a jumper from Yarde, and a two free throws from Dulin gave the Red Foxes a 69-62 advantage late in the game. Dulin was 4-6 on free throws in the final 2:19 and Yarde converted a three-point play as Marist won a NCAA Tournament game for the second consecutive year.
Marist shot 52% from the field, including 47% (7-15) from three-point range. Corielle Yarde scored a team-high 21 points with seven rebounds. Brandy Gang had 18 points, including 3-5 from the three-point arc. Casey Dulin was also in double figures with 11 points, going 7-10 from the free throw line, all which came in the second half. Kelsey Beynnon grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds while also scoring eight points. Marist shot 52% from the field, including 47% (7-15) from three-point range.
In the second round, Marist women's basketball team’s run came to a heartbreaking end, as they fell to fifth-seeded St. Bonaventure 66-63. Marist had the final possession after St. Bonaventure missed the front end of a one-and-one from the free throw line with 10 seconds left, but a deep three-pointer by Leanne Ockenden missed to the right as time expired. Brandy Gang scored a team-high 19 points. Corielle Yarde had 13 points and four assists. Kelsey Beynnon was also in double figures, scoring all of her 12 points in the second half, and also grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Casey Dulin finished with seven points and Ockenden added six. The Red Foxes closed their season at 26-8, their sixth consecutive season with at least 25 wins.