COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Red Foxes fell just short to Ohio State on Saturday night at the Value City Arena, 62-59. Senior Leanne Ockenden (Syracuse, N.Y.) led Marist with a career high 23 points, shooting 6-7 from three point range, another career high for Ockenden. Sophomore Madeline Blais (Exeter, N.H.) led the team in rebounds with seven and contributed an additional 12 points. Senior Emma O'Connor (Lynbrook, N.Y.) posted 10 points and six assists. Sophomore Sydney Coffey (Hopkins, Minn.) had a team high seven assists. Marist shot 12-28 from three-point range (42.9%) and 5-5 from the free-throw line.
The game opened up with eight lead changes and three tied scores before Marist took the lead it would keep through halftime. With 9:34 remaining, junior Bri Holmes (Columbus, Ohio) hit the advantage three-pointer to give the Red Foxes its 15-12 edge. Freshman Katharine Fogarty (Peterborough, N.H.) then hit two free-throws to put Marist up by five. Ohio States’ Ameryst Alston responded with four points to bring the Buckeyes within two. The Red Foxes went on a 13-10 run to close the half, sparked by three-pointers from Blais, Coffey, and Ockenden. Marist headed into the locker room up 30-25.
Ohio State scored the first basket of the second half, pulling within three and then eventually creating a tied game, twice, in a two minute span. Ockenden hit a three to regain a 40-38 lead with 12:09 left in the second half. Marist maintained the lead, as large as eight, until there was 1:49 remaining in the game when Buckeyes’ Maleeka Kynard tied the game 57-57 with a free throw.
O’Connor hit a layup with 1:23 left to take a 59-57 lead, answered by a jumper from Alston to tie it back up at 59. Three consecutive free-throws from Ohio State gave the Buckeyes a 62-59 advantage with 15 seconds left in the game. Fogarty shot a three in the last second of the game that bounced back as the score went final.
Marist moves to 1-4 overall. The Red Foxes face Old Dominion in its final game in Columbus tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 24 at the Value City Arena. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.