ALBANY, N.Y. - The most-dominating women's program the conference has ever had turned in the most-dominating quarterfinal-round performance here Friday.
Marist had its first 10-point lead 11 minutes into the contest, a 21-point advantage with five minutes left in the first half, a 30-point lead with 17:12 remaining in the game ...
Well, you get the point.
Final score: Top-seeded Marist 81, No. 9 seed Loyola 27. And, the game was every bit as lopsided as the final score indicates.
The early margin enabled head coach Brian Giorgis to give his players plenty of rest. In all 10 players saw action for the Red Foxes, all getting between 14 and 28 minutes of action.
Five players scored in double figures, led by junior forward and Player of the Year Rachele Fitz's 15 points. Senior guard Julianne Viani, a first-team all-league player, had 12 points.
The winners shot 54.4 percent from the field and held a 44-27 edge on the boards.
But we saved the most-impressive part of Marist's game for last: Loyola shot just 15.4 percent (8-of-52) from the field in the contest.
And, the 27 points allowed by Marist accounts for the fewest the program has ever allowed since moving to the Division I level. The Red Foxes’ previous low came on Dec. 10, 2006 when they allowed Manhattan to score 30 in a 70-30 win at the McCann Center.
The final tally also accounts for the fewest points allowed and largest margin of victory in a MAAC women's tournament game.