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Marist Wins First MAAC/ASUN Challenge Game


KISSIMMEE, Fla. – For the second time in its history as a Division I program, the Marist College women’s basketball team has started 4-0.

The Red Foxes defeated North Florida by a score of 69-54 on Friday afternoon, the first day of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference/Atlantic Sun Challenge at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Ospreys kept the game close through three quarters, but the Red Foxes outscored them 23-14 in the fourth to clinch the victory in the first of three games this weekend.

Three Red Foxes reached double-digit scoring, as Rebekah Hand moved to fifth in all-time three-point makes at Marist with 187. She also matched Lori Keys at seventh in all-time free throws with 320.

The last time Marist won its first four games to start the season was last year, when it went 5-0 out of the gate.

Grace Vander Weide proceeded to go on a personal 5-0 run to give Marist the 30-27 lead at the break of a tight first half. The Red Foxes forced 13 turnovers while shooting 40.0 percent from deep, though the Ospreys had the edge in rebounding 21-9 through 20 minutes.

North Florida fought to stay in the mix in the third, but they turned the ball over six times in five minutes while the Red Foxes capitalized to jump ahead 39-34.

Marist closed out the third quarter with a strong defensive possession to take a 46-40 lead.

The Ospreys got the game within one possession with a quick three-pointer from Adrienne Jackson, but with just seven minutes left in regulation, the Red Foxes went on a 21-8 run sparked by Grace Vander Weide’s third consecutive three-point make.

Rebekah Hand tallied 17 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals in her 100th career game for the Foxes. Alana Gilmer recorded 16 points, four rebounds and an assist, while Vander Weide had an efficient performance at 15 points, six rebounds and five assists on 5-of-6 shooting overall and 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.

Marist plays Lipscomb at Noon on Saturday.




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