Monday, January 18, 2010

Guest Contributor Ray Floriani: At Marist vs St. Peter's Women's Basketball

by Ray Floriani

JERSEY CITY, NJ- Marist women, the team to beat in the MAAC, defeated St.Peter’s 70-55 at Yanitelli Center Saturday afternoon.

The efficiency and factors in a 67 possession game.


Marist entered the game with a +14 efficiency margin (103 offense 89 defense). The final numbers were a slightly better efficiency-wise, than their pre-game margin.

The turnover rate was a bit high for coach Brian Giorgis’ liking. The Red Foxes entered the St.Peter’s game with a 19% TO rate. Both teams had 15 turnovers.

Marist’s free throw rate (FTM/FGA) seems high. The result was due to the visitors shooting 100% (21 of 21) from the charity stripe.

Defense is a major factor in Marist’s success. The defense is present both inside and on the perimeter. Two point opposing FG percentage entering the game was 38%. Opposition fared less favorable beyond the arc with a .299 percentage. St.Peter’s shot 33% from two and was 43% , but attempted only 7 (making 3) from downtown.

The Red Foxes led by sophomore guard Corielle Yarde with 18, had three players in double figures scoring. Rachele Fitz, a two time MAAC Player of the Year, seemed to have a quiet game. The stat sheet revealed the senior forward as posing a 17 point 10 rebound game. A seemingly very quiet game but the type that is the norm for Fitz.

Inside/outside balance. Marist had 21field goals, seven beyond the arc. Shot charts show the first seven Marist FG included three (two by sophomore guard Kristine Best) from three point range, three in the paint and a foul line jump shot. A well rounded distribution to start. In the end, Marist had 21 field goals, seven from beyond the arc.

Hustle to the buzzer. The score was 2-2 when Marist went on a 17-1 run. At the half the Red Foxes led 34-19. St.Peter’s constantly looked at double digit deficits but kep working. Evidence is in the OR% percentage as noted in their favor. Overall St.Peter’s out rebounded Marist 35-33 with a 14-9 edge on the offensive boards. An appreciable part of rebounding, especially against a bigger opponent, is drive, continuous work and hustle.

Very deceptive bench scoring total, 31-10 in favor of St.Peter’s. Marist has depth but the starters did most of the damage in this game. Also St.Peter’s had senior guard Natasha Morris and junior center Charlene Riddick (9) account for most of the bench scoring.

The records. Marist is now 13-4 with a perfect 5-0 in the MAAC. St.Peter’s is 6-10, 2-3 in conference play. St.Peter’s was led by Morris with 16 points (3 of 4 from three).

“They can all shoot. They can get in the lane and hit the three pointer. Each time they have four or five shooters on the floor and if they miss they have a great chance of rebounding. They play great together. They are very, in a word, efficient” - St.Peter’s coach Stephanie DeWolfe on what makes Marist so formidable.

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