Women's Basketball Heads To Saint Peter's For Sunday Matinee Contest
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Marist heads back on the road, heading to Jersey City to play the first of three consecutive games away from McCann Arena against Saint Peter's. Tip-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. Fans can listen to the game on the Red Fox Network as well as on the radio on WKIP 1450 AM - Poughkeepsie. Geoff Brault will be providing play-by-play alongside color analyst Kristy Nix. The pregame show will begin at 11:45 AM.
SCOUTING THE PEACOCKS
Saint Peter's enters Sunday's game with an 1-19 overall record and an 1-8 mark in the MAAC. The Peacocks' lone win this season was last weekend, a 60-49 triumph at Manhattan.
The Peacocks are led offensively by Kristal Edwards who leads the team with 13.4 PPG. Aziza May is also in double figures with 11.0 PPG. May also averages a team-high 3.3. assists per game. Jesika Holmes leads the team in rebounds, grabbing 6.9 boards per game while Edwards is right behind her at 5.0 RPG.
HISTORY LESSON - MARIST VS. SAINT PETER'S
This will be the 38th meeting all-time between the Red Foxes and Peacocks and the first of two matchups this regular season. Saint Peter's will come to Poughkeepsie for Senior Day on March 1.
Overall, the Red Foxes have won the past 15 meetings going back to the 2005-06 season including three wins in the MAAC Tournament. Last year, Marist escaped Jersey City with a 56-54 win before winning handedly at home, 87-49 and in the MAAC Quarterfinals, 74-49.
Last Time Out
Marist redshirt senior Kristina Danella (Manalapan, N.J.) scored her 1,000th career point in the first half, and the women's basketball team withstood a second-half charge by Canisius for a 54-40 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) win Friday night at McCann Arena.
Danella finished with eight points and a team-high five rebounds.
The Marist defense came up with 10 steals and forced 17 Canisius turnovers while tying for a season-high with six blocks, including a career-high three blocks from Leanne Ockenden (Syracuse, N.Y.).
NAILING THEIR FREE THROWS
After Marist's 96% effort from the free throw line on Jan. 20 at Niagara, the Red Foxes rank fifth in the country in free-throw percentage (.787).
Even though she has only played at Marist for 1+ seasons, Danella already qualifies to rank first all-time in program history in free throw percentage, having gone 121-137 (.883).
STRONG TO THE BASKET
Marist has gone to the charity stripe 28 times (1.4/game) this year with the opportunity to complete a three-point play and have completed 21 of those chances.
Elizabeth Beynnon leads the way with eight "And One" opportunities, completing the task six times. Sydney Coffey is a perfect 6-6 and Casey Dulin and Kristina Danella have each converted four and three three-point plays, respectively. Emma O'Connor is also 2-2 on the season.
Last season, in 34 games, the Red Foxes went 33-45 in these situations, attempting 1.3 three-point plays per game.
After using eight different lineups all of last season, Head Coach Brian Giorgis has used six different starting lineups this year.
Casey Dulin has started all but two games as she was not in the starting lineup versus Princeton due to back spasms and against Iona due to an excused absence from practice. Emma O'Connor did not start two games due to a wrist injury. Natalie Gomez started 10 consecutive games from Nov. 17 through Jan. 4. Kristine Best has also made eight starts, Kristina Danella has made three, and Sydney Coffey has made two.
Coffey made her first career start in just her third career game, becoming the fastest player to join the starting lineup in Giorgis' tenure.
RANKED AMONGST THE MID-MAJORS
Marist had been ranked in the top 10 of the CollegeInsider.com Mid Major poll, but had into the lower teens for the past few weeks. After this past weekend, Marist jumped back up to #10. The Red Foxes have reached as high as sixth and are the only team from the MAAC in the Top-25. Also making the list is Princeton at #5, who Marist defeated 56-45 on Nov. 17 in Poughkeepsie when the Tigers were ranked 4th. Boston University, who beat the Red Foxes, are also ranked, sitting at #11. Marist also fell to Hartford, while defeating Hofstra , who both sit just outside the Top-25, and have been in and out of the rankings.
MUCH DESERVED CONTRACT EXTENSION
Murray on contract: "Brian has established our program as a consistent Top-40 team in the country. I'm thrilled with the idea of him spending his entire collegiate coaching career here at Marist. He's a special coach, and a special person. And I am excited that he will provide the Hudson River Valley excellent women's college basketball for many years."
Giorgis on contract: "I can't thank Marist College enough for offering me this extension and having the faith in me to lead this program into the next decade. We may not be a BCS program, but the support by both the administration and community is comparable or better than any BCS program in the country. I am truly humbled and appreciative of what Marist College has done for me during my tenure here and I thank God every day for bringing me here to Marist to be a part of this special community. I am truly blessed."
THE BIG 5-0-0
With the first two wins of this season, 66-45 over Vermont and 56-45 over Princeton. the Marist women's basketball program now stands at 500 wins since becoming a Division I program in the 1981-1982 season.
Of those 500 wins, 253 belong to Giorgis.
ALL TOO FAMILIAR
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.
Also for the second straight year, Marist finished non-conference play under .500 with a 5-6 record. Last year, the Red Foxes went on to win 20 of their next 21 to claim their seventh straight MAAC Championship.
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.
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.
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' Preseason Poll. Leading that group is the University of Connecticut (#2), followed by Kentucky (#7), Oklahoma ((#14) and Purdue (#18).