Game analysis: The foundation of the Marist program is defense and it was on display on Saturday in the MAAC Tournament semifinals against Niagara. Liz Flooks, one of the stars in the Purple Eagles win over Manhattan in Friday's quarterfinals was held to one basket as the Red Foxes blasted Niagara, 69-47.
How Niagara Lost: All the offensive efficiency the Purple Eagles displayed against Manhattan was stymied by Marist. Not only did they contain Flooks but point guard Kayla Stroman found her path to the lane much more difficult than against the Jaspers. She committed five turnovers and didn't have an assist.
Turning Point: Each time Niagara tried to make it a one or two possession game, Marist had an answer. The last time was with 5:37 left in the game after a Jaclyn Konieczka layup made it 54-45. Three minutes later, Marist was up by 16.
Player of the game: Three-time MAAC player of the year Rachele Fitz was dominant in the post with 25 points and 12 boards.
Unsung player of the game: It won't show up in the stats, but Corielle Yarde's defense on Flooks went a long way in determining the game's outcome.
Stat of the Game: Niagara shot only seven free throws. Maybe Marist doesn't foul much.
She Said It: “”What this group of seniors have done for our program is remarkable,’’ - Niagara coach Kendra Faustin on seniors Jaclyn Konieczka, Rachele Folino and guard Jennifer McNamee who completed their careers on Saturday.
Next Up: End of season.