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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Erica Allenspach is in the process of blowing her cover. After all these years of carving out her place as the quintessential hidden gem, she's headed to the NCAA tournament for the fourth year in a row, this time as the pulse of a team that was supposed to take a step back without a superstar.

What MAAC coaches know all too well is on the verge of going national. Allenspach is something special

The conference player of the year, Allenspach scored 21 points, and added five rebounds and three steals while turning over the ball just once in 39 minutes, to lead Marist to a 63-45 victory against Loyola (Md.) Monday in the MAAC championship game at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. The effort capped a 21-0 record against conference foes for the Red Foxes.

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