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Date Posted: 13:53:00 03/22/09 Sun
or did the Marist Women just complete a 29-4 season in what was supposed to be a down year? Gorevidal is a silly, silly person.
How many fans of mid-major WBB basketball programs can say they are as blessed as Marist fans. Off the top of my head, what is it, 6 straight years of 20+ wins, 6 of 7 winning seasons, 6 of 7 regular season titles. 5 of 7 trips to the NCAA tournament, 3-5 record in the NCAA tournament and .500 over the past 3 years.
How is the cupboard bare? Allenspach served notice that she intends to pick up just where Viani left off and the kids, well, won't be kids next year and now have one NCAA tournament game to draw on. (A major benefit since they relied so much on underclassmen this year) I expect them all to be more assertive next year. Heck they've already won a MAAC title game with Best running the team with Caron limited by illness. And while it would have been nice not to lose two players unexpectedly during the season, the staff did manage to sign a 6'3" recruit who is rated one of the best players in the northeast, whose signing got a mention on the UConn board and, can probably play both guard positions and the wing in college. And there is still the late signing period to go. Giorgis doesn't seem to be the kind of coach that gushes over his recruits, so when he says in the PoJo that they "love" the kids they are bringing in 2010, it has to really be something special.
Would have been amazing to win last night, but it was a long shot that the Foxes could keep the Cavs off balance with the zone for the entire game and that one stretch when they began raining 3's proved to much to overcome. Monica Wright will get all the credit but to me the difference maker for Virginia was Mohammad. She had a monstrous performance on the defensive boards that limited Marist second chances and clogged up the lane against the dribble-drive. Marist was brilliant in the first half, not so in the second, and I'm sure the only thing the ladies may be disappointed with is their free throw shooting. Probably one of their most untimely performances of the year and that otherwise could have kept the pressure on the Cavs.
For the rest of us, it's all good.
Call me a sore sport, but, why does Monica Wright remain on the Wooden Watch List as a finalist, and Fitz, does not? If you can convince me after seeing that game last night, than you can spin one heck of a yarn.
Go Red Foxes!!
And as much as it pains me to say, Go Saints! ;-)
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