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- Brittany Lai, a 5-foot-6 freshman guard: A four-year varsity starter who scored 1,456 career points, she averaged 16.1 points per game over the past two seasons at Irvington (N.Y.) H.S. A standout point guard, she also led her team in assists and steals and was the MVP of New York State's Class B state tournament this past season.
- Sydnie Rosales, a 5-9 freshman guard: A varsity team member for six years at Colonie (N.Y.) H.S., she originally committed to Siena and, then, changed her mind after that school made a coaching change prior to last season. She averaged about 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game as a high school senior. She is an outstanding long-range shooter who is also capable of playing both guard spots.
- Katherine Fogarty, a 6-2 freshman forward: She scored 1,684 points and had move than 1,100 points over three seasons at The Governor's Academy in Petersborough, N.H. As a senior she averaged 20.8 points,13.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots per game.
ANALYSIS: By necessity Fogarty might be a Marist rarity, a freshman starter. With lingering injury issues to the Red Foxes' returning post players, Tori Jarocz and Delaney Hollenbeck, Fogarty is the only player healthy for the start of the season over 6-1. She is a hard-nosed inside player who can both score and rebound and is likely to get big minutes immediately. There is a definite need for her to play, and the indication from Marist sources is that she'll get every opportunity. Lai is an accomplished point guard, whose high school teams had great success and she could battle for minutes and, probably, get some time off the bench. And Rosales, who your Hoopscribe has seen play numerous times, is a versatile guard who can both handle the ball and shoot from long range. Mariist already appeared pretty well set in the backcourt, but Rosales' shooting ability alone is likely to get her into the playing group.