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Red Foxes Cruise To 24-Point Victory

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Marist College women’s basketball team started strong and rolled to a 76-52 triumph over Albany in its home opener on Wednesday night at McCann Arena.

Marist improves to 2-0, while Albany stumbles to 1-2.

A balanced scoring effort saw redshirt senior Alana Gilmer and sophomore Sarah Barcello tie for the team high in scoring with 12 points apiece, followed closely by senior Rebekah Hand with 10. Redshirt senior Grace Vander Weide contributed nine points, eight rebounds, and six assists.

Before the game, Head Coach Brian Giorgis and Gilmer were presented with commemorative basketballs, the former for his 400th career Marist win last Friday at Boston and the latter for scoring her 1,000th career point in last season’s MAAC Quarterfinal against Manhattan.

“I thought we did a great job in the first and last quarter,” Giorgis said. “I’ll credit Albany; they made some adjustments. But we got contributions from a lot of people and great, balanced scoring.”

Vander Weide and Barcello combined for Marist’s first nine points in the opening three minutes and 37 seconds, leading to a Great Dane timeout. Marist capped the first quarter on a 13-3 run to lead 24-9. The team went 11-17 from the field in the opening stanza and never trailed.

Albany outscored Marist 13-11 in the third quarter, but the Red Foxes hit their final three shots in the frame to maintain a 16-point edge heading into the fourth.

“We really just played together. In practice, we harped on defense, so we wanted to make sure the intensity was up,” Gilmer said.

With her first field at the 3:57 mark of the first quarter, Rebekah Hand moved into third place on Marist’s all-time scoring list, passing Stacey Dengler. The senior captain now has 1,490 career points and 499 career field goals.

The Foxes host Elon on Sunday, November 17 at McCann Arena at 1 p.m.

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