Women's Basketball Hosts Saint Peter's In Friday Night Senior Game
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Marist plays its final home game of the regular season Friday night when Saint Peter's visits McCann Arena for a 7 p.m. game. The Red Foxes will celebrate Senior Day by honoring its four seniors - Kristine Best, Suzzette Garnett, Kristina Danella and Elizabeth Beynnon - as well as team manager Megan Breslin in a pregame ceremony. Fans can watch the game on the Red Fox Network as well as on the radio on Rock 93.3 FM. Geoff Brault will be providing play-by-play. The pregame show will begin at 6:45 PM.
SCOUTING THE PEACOCKS
Saint Peter's enters Friday's game with an 2-25 overall record and a 2-14 mark in the MAAC. The Peacocks' lone wins this season have come on the road, at Manhattan on Jan. 27 and at Canisius on Feb. 7.
The Peacocks are led offensively by Kristal Edwards who leads the team with 13.3 PPG. Aziza May is also in double figures with 11.8 PPG. May also averages a team-high 3.8 assists per game, which is good for third in the MAAC. Jesika Holmes leads the team in rebounds, grabbing 7.3 boards per game while Kaydine Bent is right behind her at 7.2 RPG.
HISTORY LESSON - MARIST VS. SAINT PETER'S
This will be the 39th meeting all-time between the Red Foxes and Peacocks and the second meeting of this year. Back on Feb. 3 in Jersey City, Marist pulled away for a 68-49 victory on the back of nine different players scoring points. Kristina Danella and Sydney Coffey tied for the team-high honors in scoring as both came off the bench to score 13 points.
Overall, the Red Foxes have won the past 16 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
Four players reached double figures and Marist team shot 52% from the floor, rolling to a 79-55 win over Loyola Sunday afternoon.
Casey Dulin (Milford, Conn.) scored a game-high 20 points, reaching the 20-point plateau for the second consecutive game. She hit three three-pointers for the third consecutive game.
Sydney Coffey (New Hope, Minn.) tied her career-high with 16 points, also hitting three-pointers, while grabbing four rebounds and making two blocks.
Elizabeth Beynnon (Burlington, Vt.) had 15 points, shooting 7-8 from the field, and Kristina Danella (Manalapan, N.J.) scored 12 points off the bench.
The Red Foxes shot made 25 of their 48 shots from the field, including 9-19 (47.4%) from three-point range. They had 22 assists with only nine turnovers.
NAILING THEIR FREE THROWS
The Red Foxes not only lead the MAAC, but rank sixth in the country in free-throw percentage at .785.
Three players sit in the top-100 in the country for individual free throw percentage. Kristina Danella (86.6%) sits 18th, Casey Dulin (81.4) is 74th and Sydney Coffey (80.5%) is 88th.
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 144-163 (.883).
STRONG TO THE BASKET
Marist has gone to the charity stripe 39 times (1.4/game) this year with the opportunity to complete a three-point play and have completed 30 of those chances.
Elizabeth Beynnon leads the way with 10 "And One" opportunities, completing the task eight times. Sydney Coffey is a near-perfect 7-8 and Casey Dulin and Kristina Danella have converted six and four such opportunities, respectively. Emma O'Connor is also 4-5 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 seven different starting lineups this year.
The only two players that have stayed locked in the starting five are Leanne Ockenden at guard and Elizabeth Beynnon at forward.
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, but Kristine Best has started 11 of the past 13 games at the point guard position. Sydney Coffey has made four starts and Kristina Danella has made three.
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 #7 this week. 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 also ranked 4th. Boston University, who beat the Red Foxes, are also ranked, sitting at #12. 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
On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Marist Director of Athletics Tim Murray that head women's basketball coach Brian Giorgis has signed a contract extension through the 2020-21 season.
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.
Junior guard Casey Dulin (Milford. Conn.), redshirt sophomore forward Tori Jarosz (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) and redshirt senior Kristina Danella (Manalapan, N.J.) were all named to the Third Team.
The trio of senior forward Elizabeth Beynnon (Burlington, Vt.) and junior guards Casey Dulin (Milford, Conn.) and Leanne Ockenden (Syracuse, N.Y.) will lead the 2012-13 Marist squad.
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).