LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Marist plays its third straight game away from home Sunday afternoon when it travels north to take on Siena at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Sports with Mike Demos and Jackie Craft making the call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Red Fox Network and on the radio on Rock 93.3 FM. Geoff Brault will be providing play-by-play. The pregame show will begin at 1:45 PM.
- Marist is 13-0 this season and 28-1 in the past two seasons when scoring at least 60 points.
- Overall, Marist has won 21 straight conference games, including the postseason, dating back to last Feb. 4 at Manhattan.
- Marist is on an 11-game winning streak, making it the 11th time they have had a winning streak of 10 or more games under Giorgis. They have done so in every season since 2004-05 season, including two separate streaks in 2008-09 and 2011-12.
- Marist is currently 49th in the latest NCAA RPI rankings on Feb. 4. The next highest team from the MAAC is Fairfield at 159th.
- In three of the past nine games Marist has held its opponent under 15 points in the first half - Jan. 11 vs. Loyola (11), Jan. 18 at Canisius (9) and Feb. 2 vs. Canisius (13).
- On Friday, Feb. 1 versus Canisius, Kristina Danella became the 19th player to score her 1,000th career point in a Marist uniform, doing so on a three-pointer at the 9:21 mark of the first half. The first 616 points came in her first two seasons when she was at UMass.
- Emma O'Connor was named the MAAC Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 28 for her performance at Manhattan on Jan. 25. It was the first weekly award of her career and fourth of the season for the Red Foxes. She shared the award with Rider's MyNeshia McKenzie.
- Junior Leanne Ockenden has already proven to be one of the best sharpshooters in Marist history. She is already in the top-10 at Marist for three-pointers made, currently sitting eighth all-time with 125. She sits five behind Nancy Holbrook (130) for sixth place. Jean-Marie Lesko holds the top spot on the chart with 249 made three-pointers.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
Siena is 9-13 overall and 5-6 in the MAAC under first-year head coach Ali Jaques. The Saints are coming off of a 54-51 victory at Manhattan on Friday night.
The Saints are led offensively by Lily Grenci, a preseason All-MAAC First Team member, who is third in the MAAC with 15.2 PPG and third with 9.2 RPG. Clara Sole Anglada is second on the team with 9.2 PPG and 5.4 RPG. Ida Krogh runs the point for Siena, leading the team with 64 assists. Defensively, Tehresa Coles leads the MAAC with 70 steals.
HISTORY LESSON - MARIST VS. SIENA
This will be the 52nd meeting all-time between the Red Foxes and Saints and second of this season. Back on Jan. 28, Marist came away with a hard-fought 75-64 victory in Poughkeepsie. Five players registered in double figures in scoring, led by 17 off the bench by Kristina Danella. Elizabeth Beynnon had 14 points and Casey Dulin matched that while also adding five rebounds and tying a season-high with six assists. Leanne Ockenden finished with 13 points, going 3-6 from three point range, had five rebounds and tied her career-high with five steals - the fourth time she has met that total this year. Sydney Coffey was also in double figures with 10 points.
Siena is the only MAAC team that owns an all-time winning record over Marist, going 28-23 versus the Red Foxes., although Head Coach Brian Giorgis is 18-5 in his career against the Saints, including a 60-45 victory in the 2011 MAAC Semifinals. Overall, Marist has won the past 18 meetings. Last year, Marist won 56-45 at Siena and 75-51 at McCann Arena in the Red Foxes' annual Pink Game.
Last Time Out
Leanne Ockenden (Syracuse, N.Y.) was 4-6 from beyond the three-point arc, scoring a team-high 16 points in leading the Marist women's basketball team to a 63-40 victory over Iona Thursday evening in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) game.
Ockenden also grabbed four rebounds, made three steals and added a block on the defensive end.
Elizabeth Beynnon (Burlington, Vt.) finished with 15 points, going 6-10 from the field and grabbed five rebounds.
Casey Dulin (Milford, Conn.) was also in double figures with 10 points while collecting a team-high six boards.
Kristine Best (Commack, N.Y.) had her second-highest scoring output of the season, going 4-6 from the floor for eight points.
Madeline Blais (Exeter, N.H) scored five points off the bench while tying her career-high with three rebounds.
NAILING THEIR FREE THROWS
After Marist's 96% (23-24) effort from the free throw line on Jan. 20 at Niagara, the Red Foxes rank fifth in the country in free-throw percentage (.782).
Three players sit in or just outside the top-100 in the country for individual free throw percentage. Kristina Danella (85.2%) sits 32nd, Casey Dulin (81.9%) is 68th and Sydney Coffey (79.2%) is 118th.
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 129-147 (.878).
STRONG TO THE BASKET
Marist has gone to the charity stripe 29 times (1.4/game) this year with the opportunity to complete a three-point play and have completed 22 of those chances.
Elizabeth Beynnon leads the way with eight "And One" opportunities, completing the task six times. Sydney Coffey is a perfect 7-7 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 10 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 fallen into the lower teens for the past few weeks. However, Marist has 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 #4, 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 (25), while defeating Hofstra, who sits 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).