POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Junior Casey Dulin (Milford, Conn.) scored a career-high 25 points, leading four Marist women's basketball players in double digits as the Red Foxes defeated Hofstra 85-70 at McCann Arena on Wednesday night. It was the program's first win over Hofstra in five matchups.
Dulin shot 7-12 from the field, 2-2 from three-point range and 9-11 from the free-throw line. She added seven rebounds - just one off her career high - to go along with three assists and a blocked shot. Elizabeth Beynnon (Burlington, Vt.) scored 17 points on 7-11 shooting. Leanne Ockenden (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Emma O'Connor (Lynbrook, N.Y.) contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively. Ockended hit four three-pointers, and O'Connor enjoyed a perfect shooting night (4-4 from the field, 2-2 from three-point range. Natalie Gomez (Andover, Mass.) dished out a season-high seven assists, and Kristine Best(Commack, N.Y.) also had a season high in assists with six. Delaney Hollenbeck (Alpharetta, Ga.) scored her first career basket in the second half and also recorded the first block of her career in the first half.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair as both teams were hitting their shots. Marist (4-3) used a 7-0 run midway through the period to eliminate a two-point deficit and open a 19-14 lead.
After Hofstra (1-4) scored five unanswered points to tie the score at 19, the Red Foxes responded with a 13-5 run over a 2:41 stretch to open an eight point lead. Kristina Danella (Manalapan, N.J.) hit a deep three-pointer while Sydney Coffey (New Hope, Minn.) and Dulin each hit a pair of free throws and Dulin also added a layup off of a Beynnon assists. A transition three-pointer by Ockenden gave Marist a 32-24 lead and forced Hofstra to burn a third timeout in the first half.
Hofstra converted a three-point play with seven seconds remaining in the half to take a 40-39 lead into the locker rooms. At the break, both teams were shooting 43% from the floor, while the Pride led 9-0 in second chance points. Dulin led all scorers with 15 points, shooting 4-6 from the floor and hitting 6-7 free throws while also grabbing five rebounds.
The second half opened with each team trading buckets. Marist started 4-4 from three-point range in the period, as Ockenden and O'Connor hit two apiece, yet were only able to build a small lead as Hofstra always had an answer.
Finally, the Red Foxes were able to put together a few defensive stands and were able to start pulling away. They put the game away on the strength of a 21-6 run over a span of 6:01 midway through the half, that put them up 77-61 with 6:30 remaining.
Leading the charge was Beynnon, who racked up 10 of her points in the run. Dulin, Ockenden and Coffey all hit three pointers as well as the Red Foxes started the second half 8-10 from beyond the three-point arc.
After the Pride closed to within 10 at 80-70 with 1:24 left, Dulin scored the final five points on a three free throws and a jumper to give her the career high.
Marist's 85 points were a season high, and marked the second straight game the Red Foxes topped the 80-point plateau. It's the first time Marist topped 80 in back-to-back games since the 2008-09 season, when the Red Foxes tallied 81 in both their regular-season finale against Rider and MAAC Tournament quarterfinal contest against Loyola.
Marist will return to action on Sunday, when the Red Foxes go on the road to face Big 12 foe Oklahoma. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. EST.