Marist Beats Siena Women To Break Six Game Winning Streak

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Siena was cold from the outside and Marist took advantage while getting hot themselves as they beat the Saints Wednesday night, 70-59 at the Alumni Recreation Center. The loss breaks a six-game winning streak for Siena who will look to bounce back as they enter the final month of the regular season.

“Things didn’t go our way,” said Siena coach Ali Jaques. “We’ve got a lot of life in us and we’re going to be o.k. ”

Neither team was able to connect on the offensive end early on as they went a combined 3-17 in the first 6:24 of game time. Siena was dealt a blow when Meghan Donohue picked up two fouls in the first few minutes of the game, sending her to the bench. Marist led by 7 with :49 left in the first quarter but a made Siena free throw and two quick buckets by Joella Gibson made it 14-12 Marist, at the end of one.

In the second quarter, the Red Foxes began to heat up in a big way. They were 6-9 (66.7%) from the field while the Saints went just 5-17 including 0-5 from three-point range. At the end of the half Marist led, 32-23.

After shooting just 29% from the field in the first half and 1-10 from beyond the arc, Siena would need to find better shots in order to beat Marist as they had earlier in the season in Poughkeepsie. The third quarter was no kinder to the Saints as the shooting woes continued. Marist began the half on a quick 7-0 run. At times Siena couldn’t buy a basket missing their first 7 shots. In all they were 3-14 from the field and 1-9 3-pt. in the period as the Red Foxes extended the lead to 50-33 heading into the fourth.

The Saints found success getting the ball to the rim in the final period but it was too little too late as Marist came away with the series split.

Kollyns Scarbrough had 13 points to lead Siena (9-13, 8-5). Donohue finished with 12 points, all in the second half and Jackie Benitez who had an off shooting night (5-18 FG, 0-9 3 pt.) finished with 11 points.

“It’s a hard lesson to learn today.” said Donohue on the loss. “But, we’ll bounce back and we have the rest of February to get ready for the MAAC Tournament. So, just learn our lessons now that way we don’t make the same mistakes come March.”

“It’s not ideal but in the end it’s a game,” said Scarbrough. “We have several more. That’s the great thing about basketball you play one day and you get to play the next. We’re gonna keep on pushing.”

Rebekah Hand led Marist (10-12, 7-5) with 20 points and her twin sister Hannah added 10. Lovi Henningsdottir scored 17 points going 5-6 from three-point range. Maura Fitzpatrick added 14.

The Red Foxes finished 11-21 (52.4%) from three while Siena was just 3-23 (13.0%).

“That’s a typical Marist performance and we didn’t do very much to stop it,” said Jaques. “Give them a lot of credit. They shot the lights tonight and it really didn’t matter what we were in defensively.”

The Saints return to action on Saturday as they head on the road to face Rider. Tip off is at 2 p.m.

“This is a tough one for us to lose. I thought we had a great crowd tonight,” said Jaques. “I’m disappointed we couldn’t pull one off for them but it’s not the end of the world. We’re gonna get back after it and figure out how to get Rider.




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