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January 22nd, 2014

Marist Earns Program’s 200th Conference Win

BUFFALO – The Marist women’s basketball team defeated Canisius in its final game of the Buffalo swing, 73-47. With the win, the Red Foxes improve to 7-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). This victory was also the 200th conference win in program history since Marist joined the MAAC in 1997-98.

Senior Emma O’Connor recorded her third career double-double with a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds. O’Connor also led Marist with three blocks. Senior Casey Dulin posted 15 points and four assists. Sophomore Sydney Coffey recorded a team-high five assists, three steals, and contributed 10 points. Sophomore Madeline Blais posted four rebounds and two steals.

Despite a slow start, the Red Foxes picked it up, outscoring Canisius 20-12 run over the ensuing eight minutes. Blais and O’Connor had back-to-back drives to the basket to move ahead, 30-17. Three successful shots at the line between senior Leanne Ockenden and Coffey, split by a jumper by Griffs’ Jen Lennox, gave Marist a 33-21 edge. Marist closed the half with two straight layups by Coffey and O’Connor but Canisius ended the half in style as Jen Morabito hit a three at the buzzer. Marist posted 17 rebounds, including 12 defensive and five steals in an impressive guarding effort during the first half.

Dulin opened up the second half with a layup, putting Marist up 39-24. Canisius and the Red Foxes shot basket-for-basket over the following three and a half minutes, posting a 51-32 score. The Griffs went on an 8-0 run over the following four minutes, pulling within 11 with 10:05 to play. Marist responded with a 14-2 run to take a 23 point lead at the 5:51 mark, including five points by O’Connor and Ockenden. Canisius would score five points to Marist’s eight to end the game at the Red Foxes earned a 73-47 victory.

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