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Red Fox Men Also Lose, Fall To 2-13 Overall

By Tom Seipp
Special to HVSR

POUGHKEEPSIE – It was the first time two of the top three women’s basketball teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference met this season.

Marist College was projected to finish first in its conference this year; Rider University was picked to finish in a close third.

They met at Marist Thursday night and, as expected, the anticipated regular season showdown lived up to the hype as Rider took a 76-72 overtime decision over the Red Foxes.

“It’s about as good of a mid-major game you can find, two teams vying for first,” Marist head coach Brian Giorgis said. “It was a battle between two excellent teams – I feel like the two best teams in the league, and they win round one.”

Rider got started early, as they led by as much as nine in the opening minutes. Marist struggled in the first frame, mostly because they had nine turnovers in the first nine minutes.

In the second quarter, Marist was able to use a quick 10-3 run to get within two points. During the run, senior Rebekah Hand passed Leanne Ockenden to secure sole possession of fourth place on the school’s all-time three-pointers made  list. Rider used a 5-0 run of its own to end the half with a seven point advantage.

Marist came out strong in the second half, starting out on a 16-6 run to capture its first lead of the game. It was back-and-forth the entire third quarter, and Marist held a one-point advantage at the end of three quarters.

It was a wild fourth quarter, one that consisted of six lead changes and five times where the game was tied.

With just 13.4 seconds remaining, Aubre Johnson made a mid-range jump shot to give Rider a two-point advantage. After a Marist timeout, Alana Gilmer was able to get a layup to go with a foul. Her free throw gave the Red Foxes a one-point lead.

Following a Rider timeout, Stella Johnson was able to get to the basket and go to the line. After Johnson missed the first free throw, her second one was good to send the game to overtime.

Just 69 seconds into the overtime period, Hand fouled out for Marist. Just 20 seconds later, Stella Johnson fouled out for Rider. The two teams were without their key guards for the final minutes.

After Amanda Mobley was able to make a shot-clock buzzer-beating 40-foot three pointer to tie the game, Tracey Goodman was able to sink two free throws which would give Rider the lead, and the game.

“It sucks about the loss, but we can’t hang our heads, we have to bounce back fast,” Gilmer said. “We have to take the things we messed up tonight, and be better.

Gilmer led the Red Foxes with 21 points. Grace Vander Weide had 16 points and Hand finished with 14.

Marist finished the game with 16 turnovers, allowing 18 points from them.

The Marist men traveled to Monmouth on Thursday and lost for the 13th time in 15 games, 74-66.

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