Tag:Marist Red Foxes
Posted on: March 8, 2010 10:40 am
Yesterday the MAAC Women's Tournament concluded with a sight about as familiar as the UConn Women winning in recent years.
Marist 66, Fairfield 49
With the win, Brian Giorgis' squad clinched their 5th straight MAAC tournament title thanks to star-player Rachel Fitz (named Tournament MVP) and her 15 points and Corielle Yarde's 17 points. It was the teams' 7th straight regular season and title appearance, the teams only loss in the title game was against Canisus in 2005.
Marist will make their 5th straight NCAA appearance and 6th in the last 7 years. Prior to the Red Foxes run, the MAAC had only one Women's NCAA victory (9th seeded La Salle over 8th seeded UConn in 1989, UConn's first NCAA appearance), and Marist has three of them in a two year span. In 2007 as a 13 seed, Marist knocked off 4th seed Ohio State and then 5th seeded Middle Tennessee St., another good women's mid-major program. Marist also scored a victory as a 7 seed in 2008 over 10th seeded DePaul.
And yes, Marist did get attention during that 2007 tournament because anytime a 13 seed makes it to the Sweet Sixteen in the Women's NCAA, it's kind of a big deal. Marist even spent a good portion of the 07-08 season in the Top 25, something unheard of in the unheralded Metro Atlantic.
So how does a team like Marist dominate a league for this long and have it go unnoticed by the mainstream public? Because if it's not the UConn Huskies, Tennessee Vols or another women's power house, the public doesn't care. Mainly because the media doesn't care about it since the only women's stroies this year is UConn winning and Baylor's Griner throwing a punch in a game. So the fact that Marist is 110-12 in the MAAC since the 03-04 season is something that very few outside of Poughkeepsie NY probably know. And that's a real shame.
Because it's very hard for a men's mid-major to sustain success at a high level (like Butler) and get national attention. It's next to impossible for a women's program to do it for as long as Marist has, yet aside from their '07 NCAA run, Marist has gotten basically no media attention.
So Marist isn't on a 70-game winning streak. They aren't ranked in the Top 25 and probably get a double-digit seed in the NCAA tournament. But ask the 11-ranked Oklahoma Sooners how they felt after winning in overtime at Marist in the beginning of the season. They know how good this team is and how dangerous they could be in March.
It's just a shame that no one else does.
Posted on: March 6, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: March 6, 2010 11:02 am
Manhattan 94, Loyola (MD) 79
Jaspers' G Rico Pickett, the leading scorer in the MAAC this season, put on a show in the opening game of the MAAC tournament, scoring a career high 33 points on 10-18 shooting and 10-11 from the FT line, as he helped the Jaspers defeated the Greyhounds in the first round. Manhattan lead by 15 points at the break and were up by as many as 19 before Loyola cut the lead to 5 points late in the second half before Manhattan put them away.
Up next for the Jaspers, a date with No. 1 Siena today at 4:30 PM
Terrible job by me picking Loyola. Why I ever thought it was a good idea to pick with Jimmy Patsos, is beyond me. The lesson, as always, I am an idiot.
Canisus 72, Marist 54
There are a lot of folks in Poughkeepsee, NY saying, "Thank God that's over." The Red Foxes worst season in program history ended yesterday at the hands of the Canisus Golden Griffins. The Griffs went on a 12-0 run in the first half, breaking a 16-all tie and went into the break up by 8. Marist was able to keep the deficit at single-digits early in the 2nd half, but could not stop Canisus' hot shooting. The Griffs hit 10 3-pointers and went 16-21 from the line in the victory.
Up next for Canisus, a game with No. 2 Fairfield at 7:30 PM
Terrible job by MSG yesterday. Instead of putting on two mediocre MAAC tournament games, they put on the Knicks. Clearly the MAAC games would have been better.
I'll be back later with my Quarterfinals preview. Here are some links below to keep tabs on all the MAAC action.
MAAC Tournament Homepage/Bracket
OBM's MAAC/OVC Late Night Special
Posted on: March 5, 2010 11:46 am
Edited on: March 5, 2010 11:55 am
2010 MAAC Tournament