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MARIST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Red Foxes back in action after upset of Oklahoma

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

POUGHKEEPSIE – When last we left the Marist College women’s basketball team, the Red Foxes put together a game for the ages and beat then-No. 20 Oklahoma, 76-69. Knowing there was a 10-day layoff looming before Marist played again, coach Brian Giorgis was asked about a potential letdown.

“They know what it can be like in practice if I see a letdown,” Giorgis said. “They will come back from Christmas, we will get them back in shape, and they know Canisius has always played us tough …. I just don’t think they’ll let anybody slack.”

We’ll find out this afternoon when the Red Foxes ring out 2013 and usher in 2014 with a New Year’s Eve matinee at McCann Arena against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Canisius. Tip-off is 2 p.m.

Marist, on a six-game winning streak, is 7-4 overall and 1-0 in the MAAC. Canisius is 4-7 overall and 0-2 in the MAAC.

Canisius is heading into Poughkeepsie coming off its second consecutive MAAC loss, falling to Manhattan 72-56 on Sunday, so while Marist might have the fresher legs from the 10-day layoff it will also be a tad more rusty. Junior Kayla Hoohuli led the Golden Griffins with 13 points while sophomore Tiahana Mills had 12 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Sophomore Crystal Porter added eight points and a career-high 10 rebounds. The Golden Griffins recorded 25 turnovers, leading to 30 points, which proved costly in its second conference loss of the season.

Marist and Canisius last met in Poughkeepsie on Feb. 1, 2013. Marist defeated Canisius 54-40. Kristina Danella scored her 1,000th career point, finishing with eight and a team-high five rebounds. Casey Dulin scored a game-high 12 points and Elizabeth Beynnon posted 11 points. Marist’s defense earned 10 steals and forced 17 Canisius turnovers while tying a season-high six blocks, including a career-high three blocks from Ockenden.

The Red Foxes are 27-13 all-time against the Golden Griffins, winning the last 10 consecutive meetings.

Marist will enjoy having 6-foot-3 forward Tori Jarosz back after the redshirt junior ruptured her Achilles. Jarosz has been cleared to play.

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