POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist women's basketball team clinched at least a share of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season championship and the top seed at next month's MAAC Championships with a 66-47 win Sunday afternoon at McCann Arena. The regular season title is the 10th straight for Marist.
Four Red Foxes were in double figures in scoring, led by freshmen Sydney Coffey (New Hope, Minn.) who finished with a team-high 14 points and added two assists and two blocks while making her third career start. Casey Dulin (Milford, Conn.) and Elizabeth Beynnon (Burlington, Vt.) both scored 11 points, while Dulin tied her personal best with three three-pointers. Leanne Ockenden (Syracuse, N.Y.) had 10 points while registering team-highs with seven rebounds and six assists. She also had three steals and tied a career-high with three blocks. As a team, Marist had 18 assists while only making nine turnovers.
After Marist (19-6, 14-0 MAAC) fell behind 6-0 in the first three minutes of the game, the Red Foxes went on a 13-0 run over three minutes to take a seven-point lead. Beynnon put back an offensive rebound to start the run and Coffey found Emma O'Connor for a jumper before making a layup herself to know the score at six. Beynnon then made another layup and Coffey hit a pair of free throws. Ockenden capped off the run with a three-pointer.
Manhattan (6-19, 3-11 MAAC) came back to tie the score at 16, but a Coffey trey gave Marist the lead for good.
A three-point play by Beynnon and two more made free throws from Coffey gave the Red Foxes their largest lead of the half at 27-20.
The lead was five, 30-25, at the midway point.
The Red Foxes scored the first eight points, and 14 of 18 overall, to open a 44-29 6:04 into the second half. O'Connor scored the first five points on a layup and 3-4 shooting from the charity stripe. Coffey then hit her second three-pointer of the game to bring the lead to double digits at 38-27.
Ockenden then made one of her three blocks on the defensive end and, after Manhattan got the defensive rebound, she stripped the ball and took it for a breakaway layup. Beynnon followed with a turnaround, fade-away jumper from the baseline and Kristina Danella (Manalapan, N.J.) closed out the run with two free throws.
The Jaspers closed to within 13 at 51-38 with 7:22 left to play, but a three-pointer from Ockenden, a jumper from Madeline Blais (Exeter, N.J.) and consecutive layups from Dulin and Beynnon gave the Red Foxes their largest lead of the game at 60-40 with 3:05 remaining.
Freshman Eileen Van Horn (Waukesha, Wisc.) converted a three-point play to bring the lead to 66-44, but a Manhattan three-pointer in the final minute provided the final margin.
Marist closes out its three-game home-stand on Friday night when Rider comes to McCann Arena for a 7 p.m. game. It will be the Red Foxes' annual Pack the House game with this year's theme being a whiteout. All fans are encouraged to wear white to the game.
Notes - Sunday was the annual Play 4Kay Breast Cancer Awareness Game and the Red Foxes wore pink uniforms to honor the fight against the disease... Marist is now 16-0 this season when scoring at least 60 points... The Red Foxes have now won 37 consecutive MAAC games at McCann Arena.