Monday, February 7, 2011

Marist Women Crack Top 25 Poll

You win as many games in a row as the Marist women's team has won and someone is bound to notice.

National notice came this week when the Red Foxes cracked the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time this season. The poll, released today (Monday), has Marist ranked No,. 25 nationally.

It marks the eighth time the team has been ranked in the poll in program history.

Marist is riding an active 17-game winning streak, the second longest nationally (trailing only No. 1-ranked Baylor's 18-game streak), but barely got no. 17. The Red Foxes needed to rally from a second-half deficit to get past Fairfield, 54-52, on Sunday. That victory leaves Marist with a 12-0 MAAC record and a 21-2 overall mark.

On Sunday junior guard Corielle Yarde (Reading, Pa.) hit the game-winning layup with 27.7 seconds remaining as Marist erased an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat the Fairfield Stags 54-52 on Sunday at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Yarde led the way for Marist with 18 points and senior guard Erica Allenspach (Miamisburg, Ohio) added 13 on 6-for-12 shooting.

The Red Foxes have climbed as high as No. 20 in the AP Poll in past year. Marist was ranked 20th on Jan. 19, 2009 after it broke into the poll two weeks prior on Jan. 5.

The #25 Marist women’s basketball team will next be in action on Friday, Feb. 11 for a MAAC contest at Iona. Tip-off at the Hynes Athletic Center is slated for 4:30 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

Here's a list, provided by Marist's assistant sports information director Andy Alongi, of previous times Marist has broken into the AP Top 25 poll:

- Jan. 19, 2009 - #20
- Jan. 12, 2009 - #21
- Jan. 5, 2009 - #25
- Final 2007-08 - #22
- March 11, 2008 - #22
- March 4, 2008 - #24
- Feb. 26, 2008 - #25

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