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MARIST WOMEN REACH MAAC SEMIFINALS

Red Foxes Handle Monmouth With Ease

ATLANTIC CITY – The Marist College women’s basketball team used a 15-0 run in the first half to propel themselves right into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament semifinals, as the No. 2 Red Foxes beat 10th-seeded Monmouth, 68-44, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Wednesday.

Marist will return to action on Friday in the semifinal round at 1:30 p.m. The Red Foxes will face the winner of the quarterfinal match-up between No. 3 Fairfield and No. 6 Siena, which takes place on Thursday at Noon.

Marist jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the game’s first three minutes, but Monmouth answered with a 7-0 run.

The Red Foxes went on a 15-0 run, as the held the Hawks scoreless for 4:56 over the first and second quarters. Senior guard Rebekah Hand scored the first seven points of the spurt.

Sophomore guard Sarah Barcello drained a corner three-pointer in the waning seconds of the first quarter, and Marist led 19-9 after the first 10 minutes.

Marist outscored Monmouth 11-3 in the final 1:51 of the second quarter. A straightaway three-pointer by red-shirt junior forward Molly Smith at the buzzer gave Marist a 40-22 halftime lead.

 

Marist scored the first six points of the third quarter, which forced a Monmouth timeout at the 7:49 mark.

The Red Foxes expanded their lead to 27, but Monmouth answered with seven straight points.

Marist scored the final five points of the third quarter on a layup by junior forward Willow Duffell, and two free throws by fifth-year senior forward Alana Gilmer. The Red Foxes led 59-33 after 30 minutes.

Marist finished with four double-digit scorers: Hand (game-high 18), Gilmer (15), fifth-year senior point guard Grace Vander Weide (14), and Duffell (10, 5-for-5 from the field.

Vander Weide led Marist in assists (eight) and rebounds (six).

This is the ninth time in program history, and first in seven years, that Marist has won 12 straight games.

This is also the ninth time in program history, and first in six years, that Marist has won at least 26 games in a season.

Marist head coach Brian Giorgis has won at least one game in the MAAC Championship Tournament in all 18 of his seasons at Marist.

     

 

 

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