Giorgis Wins Kay Yow Award

Marist College women’s basketball coach Brian Giorgis was presented the Kay Yow Award as the nation’s top Division I coach.

Giorgis received the award from after guiding the Red Foxes to a 26-4 record and a share of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season title. The 26 wins marked the ninth time Marist won 25 or more games in Giorgis’ 18 seasons as head coach. Giorgis has a career record of 425-160 at Marist.

Prior to his arrival at Marist, Giorgis coached the Our Lady of Lourdes High School girls basketball program to nine state championships and a 451-44 record in 19 seasons. He’s the only high school coach in state history to coach four different programs — basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball — to the state final four.

Yow won 737 games in 34 seasons as North Carolina State head coach and coached Team USA to a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics. She first was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and died of the disease in 2009.

Siegrist Gains Top Honor

It’s a great start for Maddy Siegrist’s collegiate career.

The Our Lady of Lourdes High School graduate was named first team All-Big East, earned a spot on the Big East All-Freshman Team and was the unanimous pick for Big East Rookie of the Year, the conference announced.

Siegrist, who was red-shirted in 2018-2019 due to an ankle injury, is the first Villanova University freshman to receive first team All-Big East honors.

Siegrist led the Wildcats during the regular season in scoring (19.1 points per game), rebounds (8.8) and three-point field goals (59).

Siegrist led the Big East during the regular season with 20 or more points in 14 games and double-doubles with 11. Her 19.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game both ranked second in the conference. She tied a conference record by being named the conference rookie of the week 10 times.

Her 19.1 points per game ranked her second among freshman scorers in the country.

Following the regular season, Siegrist averaged 15 points and 10.5 rebounds in two Big East Conference tournament games.



Siegrist Wins 10th Freshman Honor

Our Lady of Lourdes High School graduate Maddy Siegrist tied a conference record when she received Big East Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Week honors for the 10th time this season.

Winning the rookie honor for a 10th time ties Siegrist for the conference record with Connecticut’s Maya Moore (2007-2008) and Georgetown’s Natalie Butler (2013-2014).

The Villanova University freshman averaged 21 points and 7.5 rebounds in games against Xavier and Butler.

Siegrist leads the Big East with her 20.2 points per game.  In conference games, she’s third with 18.3 points per game and second with 9.2 rebounds per contest.

Villanova is seventh in the Big East standings with a 13-11 overall record and 7-6 conference mark.  The Wildcats play Sunday at Georgetown.


Lourdes Grad Siegrist Wins Big East Honor for 5th Consecutive Week

Our Lady of Lourdes High School graduate Maddy Siegrist was named the Big East Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Week for a fifth consecutive week and eighth time this season on Monday.

The Villanova University freshman averaged 21 points and nine rebounds in leading her team to victories over Penn and Georgetown.

Siegrist’s eight double-doubles lead the Big East. She’s averaging a conference-high 20.2 points per game and she’s second in the conference with 9.3 rebounds per game.

On Dec. 23, Siegrist earned conference player and freshman of the week honors after scoring 41 points in a win over La Salle.


Siegrist Wins Honor for 7th Time

Our Lady of Lourdes High School graduate Maddy Siegrist was named Big East Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Week for the seventh time this season Jan. 13.

The Villanova University freshman had 23 points and 18 rebounds in a win over Xavier and 11 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to Butler.

Siegrist is leading the conference with her 20.1 points per game and is second with 9.3 rebounds per game.


Toussaint Nabs Big Ten Honor

Cardinal Hayes High School graduate Joe Toussaint was named the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week for the first time this season Jan. 6.

The freshman at the University of Iowa scored a career-high 18 points and added four assists and two steals in his team’s 89-86 loss to No. 21 Penn State. He scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half in what was his third start of the season.

Toussaint is averaging 7.0 points and 1.7 rebounds through 14 games. He has  a team-high 20 steals and is third on the team with 36 assists.

Iowa (10-4) plays at Nebraska Jan. 7 and hosts Maryland Jan. 10.