Hudson Valley Sports Report

A SEASON TO REMEMBER FOR MARIST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Red Foxes Went Further Than Many Thought – Except Themselves

 

By Katelyn McCarthy
Special to HVSR

POUGHKEEPSIE – On the eve of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Game, the Marist College women all feel like winners.

Oh, technically, the Red Foxes were eliminated in the first round of the tournament when they fell to Louisville, a program that went on to the Elite 8.

But this was a season to remember.

Between the low expectations of whether there would even be a season because of the coronavirus pandemic and the even lower expectations of success after graduating 70 percent of its offense from last year, Marist defied the odds.

The Foxes didn’t have a single COVID-19 case on their team.

And they rolled through the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament to win the title and the automatic bid to the NCAAs for the first time in seven years.

“The energy was amazing, we were unbelievably excited and also just happy to win the MAAC,” said senior co-captain Allie Best. “That was a moment of pure joy. Then it was just excitement to hopefully prove people wrong and get the best out of ourselves in the NCAA tournament.”

 

Best led the NCAA in turnover/assist ratio this season with 4.48. This was her first time appearing in an NCAA tournament, and her last chance to make a statement as a college athlete.

“I was just super excited for the opportunity,” she said. “Playing in an NCAA tournament is not something that a lot of people get to do, so that was really exciting and that’s something I have dreamed about for pretty much my entire life.”

Best and sophomore guard Trinasia Kennedy both experienced the heartbreak of an abrupt cancellation to the end of their season last year. Fortunately, the Red Foxes were able to finish off this season on their terms.

“After winning the MAAC you just feel that you are on top of the world and your ultimate goal is achieved,” said Trinasia Kennedy. “Going into the NCAA tournament we were excited to be able to play on that big of a stage, that platform. I think everything that was unfinished business last year was finished.”

For Kennedy, she will be finishing up her sophomore year and continue to work on her shooting performance for next season.

Unfortunately for Best, this was her last time playing college basketball. She hopes in her next chapter to go to grad school for marine biology or animal science.

“I’m just very proud of this season,” said Best. “I’m proud of all of my teammates. I’m very happy for everything that they were able to accomplish. I’m just extremely thankful that we got to play this season because a lot of people didn’t get a season. In a time where there are a lot of horrible things going on with the pandemic. It was amazing that we were able to play.”

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