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November 27th, 2013

Marist Edges Old Dominion 87-82 In Overtime

Marist Senior Emma O’Connor had a career game, recording a double-double, 28 points, 11 rebounds.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Marist women’s basketball team edged Old Dominion, 87-82, in overtime to close its weekend in Ohio at the Value City Arena. Senior Emma O’Connor had a career game, recording a double-double (28 points, 11 rebounds), shooting 8-9 from the field, 3-4 from three-point range, and 9-10 from the free throw line. Senior Leanne Ockenden posted 24 points and three assists. Freshman Brittni Lai contributed 11 points and a team high five assists.

Sophomores Sydney Coffey and Madeline Blais posted nine and eight points, respectively.

Old Domion opened up the game with a 19-7 run, earning its largest lead of the game with 9:42 remaining in the first half. Marist began chipping away at the deficit with 5:10 left in the half, down by 13. Ockenden hit a three followed by a Fogarty layup to bring the Red Foxes within eight. Marist closed the half with a 10-3 run, fueled by a three from O’Connor and another from Coffey at the buzzer to earn a 32-31 lead at the half.

Marist led by nine, its largest lead of the second half, with 13:15 remaining. Old Dominon closed in, eventually tying the game at 53 with 9:28 left in the half. Two free-throws and a layup from Becca Allison and two threes from Galaisha Goodhope earned the draw. The Red Foxes responded with a 7-0 run, defined by a three from Ockenden, a jumper by Blais, and two free-throws from O’Connor to go up by seven with 8:16 remaining.

A back-and-forth battle between the two teams for the next five minutes resulted in a score of 68 all with 3:20 left in the half. Lady Monarch’s Shae Kelley made a free-throw, followed by two made free-throws by O’Connor, giving Marist a 70-69 advantage with 1:31 remaining. Kelley returned to the line for Old Dominion, twice, making three of four to give the Lady Monarchs a 72-70 lead with eight seconds left in regulation. Lai received the inbound, took the ball down the court herself, and sank a jumper with one second left in the game to tie it at 72 and force overtime.

Marist opened up the overtime period with a jumper by Ockenden to go up 74-72 with 4:29 left. A free-throw from Kelley followed by a pair from O’Connor gave the Red Foxes a 76-73 edge with 3:02 remaining. Old Dominion’s Stephanie Gardner sank a long three with 2:46 left to tie the game at 76. O’Connor responded with a layup and a free-throw to increase Marist’s lead to three with 1:57 remaining. With 1:22 left, Ockenden sank a three from the outside to put the Red Foxes up by six. O’Connor sank another two free-throws for an eight point advantage with just under a minute to go.

Lady Monarch’s LaQuanda Younger hit a three from the top of the key to put Old Dominion within five with 42 seconds remaining. Coffey then got fouled and went one for two from the line; Marist went up by six with 29 seconds left. Allison drained a long three from the left side for the Lady Monarchs to pull within three, 85-82, with 10 seconds remaining in the period. Lai got fouled and hit both from the line with five seconds left in the game to seal the victory for the Red Foxes.

Marist moved to 2-4 overall with its win today over the Lady Monarchs. The Red Foxes return to action on Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Mass. for the final game of the Hall of Fame Challenge.

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