action:article | category:SPORTS22 | adString:SPORTS22 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » College Sports

March 22. 2014 12:51AM

Granite State pair key for Women's Division I NCAA contender


Peterborough's Katharine Fogarty has been a key contributor off the bench as a freshman forward for Marist College. (MARIST ATHLETICS)

If the Marist College women's basketball team finds itself in need of a 3-pointer during its NCAA Tournament game against Iowa tonight, the Red Foxes know who they want to have the basketball.

Exeter's Madeline Blais, a sophomore forward, enters the tournament shooting a team-best 48 percent (61 of 127) from behind the 3-point arc. Blais made five 3-pointers in a game twice this season, and was ranked among the top three 3-point shooters in NCAA Division I women's basketball for five consecutive weeks.

"I'm listed as a guard/forward, but I'm really a shooter," Blais said. "I'm a 3-point shooter."

Marist, a No. 11 seed, earned the program's ninth-consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament by winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament. Marist (27-6) will face sixth-seeded Iowa (26-8) at Iowa's Carver-Hawkeye Arena in a game that's scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. this evening

Blais, who spent three seasons at Exeter High School before transferring to the New Hampton School, appeared in each of Marist's 33 games (32 starts) and made the All-MAAC Second Team. She'll enter today's game ranked second in team scoring (13.0 points per game) and fourth in rebounding (4.1 rpg).

"I love being the underdog," Blais said. "I love being rooted against. We've been our best away from home this season. It won't be easy, but if we play well we can come out of there with a win."

Blais is one of two New Hampshire residents on the Marist roster, joining 6-foot-2 forward Kat Fogarty of Peterborough. Fogarty played for ConVal Regional in Peterborough as a freshman, and then spent the next three seasons at The Governor's Academy in Byfield, Mass. She averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds per game during those three years in prep school.

Fogarty is a bit of a rarity at Marist: She's a freshman who plays significant minutes. Fogarty has appeared in 29 games and is averaging 14.3 minutes of playing time and 4.7 points per contest.

"I've always dreamed of playing in the NCAA Tournament," Fogarty said. "I've watched it since I was young - more the men, but then the women when I started playing. I'm so excited to be a part of it."

The highlight of Fogarty's season may have come in December, when she was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week following solid performances in victories over Northeastern and Oklahoma.

Another highlight came much earlier in her freshman season, when she "upset" Blais in a game of H-O-R-S-E.

"I beat her the first time I played her," Fogarty said. "I went first and just didn't miss. That's the key against her. You can't miss more than once. I've never seen a more pure shooter than she is."

Blais: "For her to beat me she had to have the game of her life."

Marist enters the tournament having won nine in a row, and 16 of 17. It's the program's 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The 2007 Marist team became the first MAAC representative (men or women) to reach the Sweet 16. Marist advanced by beating Ohio State and Middle Tennessee State that season.

Fogarty and Blais both said the appeal of playing in the NCAA Tournament was among the reasons they chose to attend Marist.

"I didn't know anything about Marist," said Fogarty, who also considered William & Mary, Boston University and the University of New Hampshire. "Then I saw how good they were for a mid-major. The winning tradition is initially what got me hooked."

Blais whittled her college options to Providence College and Marist.

"Marist has a winning program, and I don't know too many athletes who like to lose," Blais said. "It's a small school, but basketball-wise it's better than a lot of the bigger schools out there."






rbrown@unionleader.com


  • Would you be more likely or less likely to attend a NASCAR race at NHMS were it held at night under lights?
  • More likely
  • 58%
  • Less likely
  • 42%
  • Total Votes: 504
 NH Sports Angle Ľ more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Concord man wins National Javelin Championship at 2014 USA Track & Field Masters Championship

Conway's Locke happy with first half, believes best yet to come for Pirates

Court filing details prosecution's perjury allegations against Aaron Hernandez girlfriend

Is N.H. really home to longest mini golf hole on the planet?

Professional hockey coming to Berlin

van Riemsdyk setting high expectations for pro career

Life changes in an instant: Travis Roy shares story at Frank Monahan Foundation event

Improvements help, but traffic still a problem on race weekend in and around Loudon

Itís show time in Chicago for Dartmouthís Hendricks

State sells Windham golf course site for $3.06M

Ex-minor leaguers sue MLB over low salaries

$14M to beaten Giants fan returns security focus

Matt Bonner and brother bring rock show back to Redhook

GM: Twin State Speedway progressing with revival

Foot golf arrives on Seacoast

New Hampshire's Burns gets more than he could ever ask for

Pro runner's yoga class will raise money for clean Kenyan water

Menard wrecks as New Hampshire testing concludes

Lawyers try to bar Patriots from paying Hernandez $3.2M bonus

Pease Golf Course celebrates opening of lower nine holes

NFL rule could signal end of Justin Tuck signature facemask and that's a good thing according to UNH findings

NH man almost wins first $500k winner-takes-all open basketball tournament

Blue Jays move Dalton Pompey up to New Hampshire

Field set for 110th anniversary ĎClimb to the Clouds' car race

Contractors volunteer to complete renovations for 5th Annual Jericho ATV Festival

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

   Ľ SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

   Ľ ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!