Marist retires jersey of former star Rachele Fitz foxsports Feb 19, 2011 at 2:30a ET Rachele Fitz couldn’t stop smiling as she looked up into the rafters and saw her No. 12 jersey hanging high above Marist’s court. Article continues below ... The Red Foxes’ all-time leading scorer and rebounder became the first women’s basketball player to have her jersey retired by the school Friday night. With her family in attendance, Fitz’s jersey was unveiled near those of men’s basketball greats Rik Smits, Drafton Davis and Steve Smith. ”It really is incredible,” Fitz said. ”I never could have thought when I came here five years ago that I’d end up with the career I had.” Serenaded by the boisterous crowd of 2,800, Fitz was in awe. ”The whole day was surreal,” said Fitz, who is playing professionally in Luxembourg. ”I couldn’t stop smiling because I knew if I did I would cry.” Fitz – a three-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference player of the year – finished her career with 2,447 points and 1,006 rebounds and helped guide the Red Foxes to a 116-21 mark during her time at the school, nestled nearly 90 miles outside New York City in the Hudson Valley. She was instrumental in leading the Red Foxes to the NCAA tournament the past four seasons and as a freshman helped the team advance to the regional semifinals for the first time in school history. ”I was just one small part of the success we had and I was blessed with really great teammates,” Fitz said. The 6-foot-3 star sat on the bench during the game and received a bevy of awards during the game. She was honored by Dutchess County with a proclamation naming Feb. 18 in her honor. She was also given a framed jersey as well as framed photos from her playing career. The Marist cheerleaders, mascot and many members of the student section wore special Fitz shirts. Even with Fitz having graduated, the Red Foxes are back in the Top 25 and riding a 20-game winning streak – the second longest in the nation. Her replacement on the court, Brandy Gang, wouldn’t let the 24th-ranked Red Foxes lose on a night they honored their greatest player. She matched her career-high with 19 points to help Marist beat Manhattan 60-42.