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GIORGIS HITS 400 AS MARIST WOMEN OPEN WITH WIN

Red Foxes Earn Strong Road W At Boston University

BOSTON – And to think, when Brian Giorgis was offered the Marist College women’s basketball coaching job, he went to his superiors at Our Lady of Lourdes High School to assure he could come back if things didn’t work out.

Eighteen years later, things have worked out.

Giorgis won his 400th career game on Friday night – believed to be the first coach in NCAA Division I history to win 400 in both college and high school – as the Red Foxes turned in an impressive season-opening 89-75 win over Boston University.

Senior captain Rebekah Hand poured in 27 points for Marist and redshirt senior captain Alana Gilmer added 20.

Redshirt senior captain Grace Vander Weide had a big game with 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

As a team, Marist shot 50 percent (29-for-58) from the field.

“I thought we did a lot of good things offensively,” Giorgis said. “We shot the ball well on the perimeter and inside, and especially from the free throw line. Boston is a very good team, and they’re going to be a force in the Patriot League. It was great to put up 89 points on the road in the first game of the season. We just have to clean up some things defensively.”

The tone was set early when Gilmer blocked a three-point attempt from Riley Childs, picked up the loose ball, and drove for the layup for the second Marist bucket of the game. Less than a minute later, Vander Weide dribbled behind her back and sunk the ensuing layup, and Marist was off and running.

The Foxes never trailed after the first few minutes of the game.

Marist welcomes Albany to McCann Arena for the 2019-20 home opener on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

 

 

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