Women's Basketball Hosts Princeton Saturday Night At McCann Arena
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist women's basketball team returns home to McCann Arena to host Princeton Saturday night in a 7 p.m. game. This will be Princeton's first ever trip to Marist as the two teams have only met one other time - last season in New Jersey.
Last Time Out
The Red Foxes dropped a tough 64-53 decision Tuesday night at the hands of the University of Hartford in a non-conference game. It was Marist's first road game of the season.
Elizabeth Beynnon (Burlington, Vt.) led the team with 13 points and six rebounds. Casey Dulin (Milford, Conn.) and Kristina Danella (Manalapan, N.J.) were also in double digits with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Dulin also had four steals and Danella had four rebounds.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Princeton finished with the 2011-12 season with an overall record of 24-5. The Tigers won the Ivy League by going 14-0 in conference play, and were a #9 seed in the tournament last year, falling 67-64 against eighth-seeded Kansas State in the First Round.
They currently rank fourth in the CollegeInsider.com mid-major poll that ranks the top 25 teams that do not come from a major BCS conference. Marist currently ranks ninth in the same poll.
Princeton enter Saturday's matchup on an 18-game winning streak in regular season play after defeating St. Joseph's 69-59 on the road in their season-opener on Sunday. Niveen Rasheed, the 2012 Ivy League Player of the Year, led the Tigers in the season opener, tallying 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals over 35 minutes of work. Nicole Hung made her first start since Dec. 9, 2011 and followed going 4-for-7 from the field for 12 points. Rounding out Princeton's top scorers was freshman Michelle Miller, who saw 18 minutes off the bench in her collegiate debut and had 10 points.
HISTORY LESSON - MARIST VS. PRINCETON
This will be just the 2nd meeting all-time between the Red Foxes and Tigers and the first time that Princeton has travelled to Poughkeepsie.
Marist fell at Princeton in the third game of the season last year, 68-51. Corielle Yarde (Reading, Pa.) had 15 points and set a career-high with nine assists. Leanne Ockenden (Syracuse, N.Y.) had a season-high 11 points and Emma O'Connor (Lynbrook, N.Y.) added seven points and a career-high seven rebounds.
MARIST VS. IVY LEAGUE
Saturday is the first of two meetings this season for Marist against opponents from the Ivy League. The Red Foxes will also play at Yale on Dec. 20.
Last season, the Red Foxes played both Princeton and Yale in the non-conference portion of their schedule and split the two games. In the second game of the year, Marist got its first win of the season over the Bulldogs, 78-64, at McCann Arena. Three days later the team lost at Princeton.
Overall, the Red Foxes are 25-23 against member of the Ivy League. They have improved that record with a 6-1 mark over the past five seasons. They had won six games in a row before last years' loss to the Tigers.
ALL TO FAMILIAR AT 1-1
This season marks the third straight year, and eighth time in Head Coach Brian Giorgis' 11-year career, that the Red Foxes have started off with a 1-1 record.
499 AND COUNTING
Including their victory over Vermont last Friday, the Marist women's basketball program currently sits at 499 wins since joining Division I in the 1981-82 season.
Of those 499 wins, 252 have come in the past 10 years since Brian Giorgis took over as the program's head coach.
RANKED AMONGST THE MID-MAJORS
After receiving one vote in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Preseason Poll, the Red Foxes moved up to seven votes after the first weekend of games.
Marist is also ranked in the CollegeInsider.com Mid Major poll. The Red Foxes are ranked at #9 and are the only team from the MAAC in the Top-25.
Also making the list is Princeton at #4 who Marist will see this Saturday, Nov. 17 in Poughkeepsie as well as Boston University at #23, who comes to McCann Arena on Saturday, Dec. 8. Hofstra is just outside the Top-25, receiving 39 votes. The Pride also visit Poughkeepsie this year, coming to town on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Giorgis on his three captains: "I am very happy that we have three members of our team that are capable of being quality leaders," Giorgis said. "Elizabeth, Casey and Leanne all started for us last year and were a big reason for our success. We will count on their veteran leadership this season both on and off the court to lead us in our challenging upcoming season."
MARIST SELECTED TO FINISH FIRST
For the sixth consecutive season, the Red Foxes were picked to finish first in the MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced Friday at the MAAC Preseason Awards Show which was held at McCann Arena and aired on ESPN3.
Marist was the unanimous choice, with all 10 of the first-place votes.
FIVE NAMED PRESEASON ALL-MAAC
On Thursday, Nov. 1, the Red Foxes had a league-high five players named to the 2012 All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
This is the sixth consecutive year the Red Foxes had three or more players selected to be on the Pre-Season All-MAAC teams.
Junior guard Leanne Ockenden (Syracuse, N.Y.) was named to the First Team and is now up for MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, which will be announced during Friday's Award Show.
Senior forward Elizabeth Beynnon (Burlington, Vt.) was selected to the Second Team.
YET ANOTHER TOUGH SCHEDULE
The Red Foxes continue their recent trend of playing some of the nation's best competition in the non-conference portion of their schedule.
This season's slate featuring teams from five of the six power conferences and five of the 11 teams played in last year's NCAA Tournament while four others participated in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
Included in the non-conference schedule are four teams that are ranked in the top 20 of the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. Leading that group is the University of Connecticut (#2), followed by Kentucky (#7), Oklahoma ((#14) and Purdue (#18).