The Marist women got off to a nice start to their non-league season, knocking off North Carolina A&T, 80-64, in the first round of the preseason WNIT played in Poughkeepsie.
Shocked? Hardly. The Red Foxes are gunning for their sixth straight regular-season MAAC crown. And, senior forward Rachel Fitz is chasing her third straight conference Player of the Year award.
Nothing indicated those two happenings won't occur. Marist got its typical strong play, and Fitz scored 30 points with 9 rebounds. Guard Erica Allenspach chipped in with 20 and 7.
The day's biggest surprise, though, had to be Fairfield's 74-48 demolition of Rhode Island behind freshman forward Katelyn Linney's 18 points. Guard Desiree Pina added 14 and forward Stephanie Geehan had 10. The Stags shot 10-of-18 from three-point territory.
Over the first weekend of MAAC play, conference women's teams finished 5-4.