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SCHEDULE        2001-02 PREVIEW           2000-01 RECAPS          STATISTICS           ROSTER         COACHES


Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Fairleigh Dickinson Looking to Ground Blackbirds in NEC Tournament First-Round Matchup
Knights advance to post-season for third straight season
under head coach Sandy Gordon Gaglioti

HACKENSACK, NJ – The Fairleigh Dickinson University (14-13, 9-9 NEC) women’s basketball team qualified for post-season, advancing to the 2002 Northeast Conference Tournament. Third-year head coach Sandy Gordon Gaglioti and her coaching staff will lead the team in its third straight NEC Tournament appearance.

As the #7 seed they will face the #2 seed Long Island Blackbirds in the first round on Saturday, March 2nd at 5:30 p.m. Quarterfinals and semifinals are held on the campus of Mt. St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3. The NEC Championship game will be played at the highest remaining seed on March 9 in a matchup that will be aired live on MSG-TV beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The Knights make their third consecutive appearance in the post-season after missing the NEC Tournament in 1998-99.  Including this year, the Knights have appeared in 14 of 16 NEC Tournaments, including 10 of the past 11.  Fairleigh Dickinson has won two NEC Championships (1990 and 1992), defeating Mt. St. Mary’s—this season’s host—in both final matchups.

Sophomore guard Natallia Marchanka (Rechitsa, Belarus/Rep. School of Olympic Reserve) leads the team in scoring (17.3 ppg), assists (4.92 apg) and steals (2.0 spg), while ranking second in the NEC in scoring, fourth in steals and tied for sixth in assists. In last season’s first round tournament loss to Quinnipiac Marchanka scored 33 points, recording the most points ever scored by a freshman in a tournament game and third most points overall.

NEC Rookie of the Year candidate freshman forward Kay Odenwaelder (Goshen, Conn./Holy Cross) won her league-leading fourth NEC Rookie of the Week award this week, after tallying double-doubles against both St. Francis (PA) (16 points & 10 rebounds) and Robert Morris (career-high 31 points & 11 rebounds).  On the year Odenwaelder leads the Knights in rebounding (6.8 rpg) and ranks second on the team in scoring (9.3 ppg).

The 2001-2002 post-season awards will be announced on Friday, March 1st at the pre-tournament banquet.

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NEC Rookie of the Year candidate Kay Odenwaelder recorded her fifth double-double with a career-best 31 points and 11 rebounds at Robert Morris in the last game of the regular season.