(9-11, 5-6 MAAC)
  1st 2nd F
Rider  25 31   56
Marist   26  40   66 
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(16-5, 10-1 MAAC)
Women's Basketball Wins Fifth Straight; Defeats Rider 66-56
 Stat Comparison Rider Marist
 Points  56  66
 FG Made-Attempted 22-58  24-53 
 FG Percentage .379  .453 
 3P Made/Attempted 9-20  5-16 
 3P Percentage .450  .313 
 FT Made-Attempted 3-9  13-13 
 FT Percentage .333  1.000 
 Rebounds 28  41 
 Turnovers 10  14 
 Individual Leaders
 Stat Rider  Marist
 Points  Valiuskyte, 15 O'Connor, 23 
 Rebounds  McKenzie, 14 O'Connor, 15 
 Assists  Valiuskyte, 5 Coffey & Dulin, 4 
 Steals  Lightbourne, 4 Dulin, 2 
 Blocks  Gillcrease, 2 Dulin, 2 
 Up Next

Who: Monmouth (5-16, 4-6 MAAC)
When: Sat, Feb 1 - 2 p.m.
Where: Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) (Capacity (4,100)
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – On the back of senior Emma O'Connor (Lynbrook, N.Y.), the Marist women's basketball team (16-5, 10-1 MAAC) defeated Rider (6-13, 4-6 MAAC) on Wednesday evening, 66-55. The Red Foxes improved to 10-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) with the win. O’Connor recorded her fourth double-double this season with 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Sophomore Madeline Blais (Exeter, N.H.) posted 13 points and three assists. Senior Casey Dulin (Milford, Conn.) contributed eight points, four assists, six boards, and a team-high two steals. Senior Leanne Ockenden (Syracuse, N.Y.) had nine points and six boards. Sophomore Sydney Coffey (Hopkins, Minn.) matched a team-high four assists and had an additional seven points. 

As a team, Marist shot a perfect 13-13 from the free-throw line.

The opening four minutes of play were tight as Marist and Rider posted two tied scores, ending up locked at seven with 16:20 to play. The Red Foxes took a 9-7 lead off a layup from Dulin to take its final lead of the game. The remainder of the first half was a close game, with Marist’s largest lead of the half resting at seven at the 3:00 mark. Rider’s Mikal Johnson hit a three with 1:30 to play, followed by another three from Kornelija Valiuskyte to pull within one. The Red Foxes were able to maintain a slight 26-25 edge over Rider heading into halftime.

Marist opened up the second half strong, posting a 7-0 run out of the gate, taking a 33-25 lead. Valiuskyte broke the silence for Rider with a three, but O’Connor responded with a three of her own to put the Red Foxes back up by eight. Six points from O’Connor and three from Blais increased the Marist lead to 11 at the 13:50 mark. The Broncs began chipping away at the lead, trailing just 50-46 with 7:20 to play.

Fueled by six points from O’Connor, Marist posted a 9-0 run over the following three minutes to top Rider 59-46 with 4:30 to go. A jumper by MyNeshia McKenzie pulled the Broncs within 11 before Marist scored another five unanswered points to lead by 16, 64-48, with just over two minutes to play. Shereen Lightbourne posted five of the last eight points for Rider but it wasn’t enough as the Red Foxes earned a 66-56 victory over the Broncs.

The Red Foxes head back on the road to face MAAC newcomer, Monmouth, on Saturday, Feb. 1. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.

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