Marist Women’s basketball season opener is right around the corner, and they will be looking to get the production they have come to expect out of junior Madeline Blais this season. Blais is a 6’1 small forward from Exeter, New Hampshire. She attended New Hampton high school and now is going into her third year playing under head coach Brian Giorgis, and her second year as a starter.
Coming out of high school Blais was the top-ranked player in the state of New Hampshire. In her junior year Blais averaged 18.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and four assists per game. As a senior she was the captain of her team and was named the team’s MVP after a 23-2 season for New Hampton. In both her junior and senior seasons she was selected to the First Team All- NEPSAC. Not only was she a star on the court, but also off the court as she was awarded a place in the cum laude society upon graduation.
Blais did not get very many minutes in her freshman year at Marist, only averaging 7.8 minutes per game. She did make the most of her minutes, however, averaging 2.8 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in 32 appearances. She was very efficient from the field shooting it at .419 on 31-74 shots. she also shot .375 from three-point land making 15 of 40 three-pointers. Her high game in the points column of her freshman year came on the big stage, in the MAAC Quarter Finals against Manhattan College.
In her sophomore year, Blais started 32 of 34 games and proved her worth. Her minute per game average jumped up to 28.5 per game and she led her team with 63 three-pointers made. She averaged 12.9 points per game and shot 53.8 percent from the field. She also shot a tremendous 48.1 percent from the three-point line and 85 percent from the charity stripe. Her career high in points came on December 14 at Boston University, and then she tied it onJanuary 17 at Niagra with 27 points. Last year was a great year for Blais, but coach Giorgis thinks this season will be a breakout year for her in her junior year.
“Maddy is a great player,” said Giorgis. “She can shoot the lights out and we need her to do what I know she can do if we want to be successful. She’s a leader on this team and I think it is going to be an even better year for her than last year.”
This team only has four returning seniors and one of them, center Tori Jarosz, is currently injured. With Jarosz to miss at least a few weeks and only three other seniors on the roster, some of the younger girls will need to step up, which puts Blais in a leadership role for this squad. She will most likely start at power forward and will be relied on to score points from behind the three-point line. Blaisunderstands her role and has the utmost confidence in her team to be successful this season.
“I think we have a great team this year,” Blais remarked. “Even though we only have four seniors, we have some freshman and sophomores with a lot of talent and it all seems to be clicking well at practice so far.”
Blais is the only returning starter on this year’s team and she will surely need to carry most of the load offensively for the team, and she has proven to be capable of that. Look for Madeline Blais to have a great season and make sure you get out to some games to support Marist Women’s Basketball this year. They open up on Sunday November 16, at Delaware. Their Home opener is on November 24 against St. John’s at 7:00 pm.