Marist Ends Siena Women’s Season In MAAC Tourney

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The Siena women’s basketball season came to an end Friday night, as MAAC powerhouse Marist was simply too much to handle as they rolled to an 87-65 victory over the Saints in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament in Springfield. It was Marist’s 24th consecutive MAAC Tournament consecutive victory.

“Really proud of our team’s effort in this tournament,” said Siena coach Ali Jaques. “It’s been an up and down season for us at times. I think we played the best game of our year yesterday. I thought we had some moments today where we really competed.”

After shooting the lights out in a First Round win over Manhattan on Thursday, Siena was unable to repeat the performance against a veteran Marist squad. They shot 37% from the field and just 3-9 from beyond the arc in the first half.

Marist on the other hand was deadly from the field hitting 15-25 from the field and 5-10 from three in the first twenty minutes. Still, Siena kept things within range when they pulled with 8, 32-24 on a Meghan Donohue lay in with 4:06 to go in the first half. Marist turned up the heat from there and they led at the break, 44-27.

Marist opened the second half with an 11-0 run ruining any chances of a Siena comeback.  The Red Foxes total run spanned two halves for a total of 18 points. Marist hit 11 three-pointers and shared the ball to perfection with 22 total assists on their way to the victory.

The Saints who end the season with a record of 10-22, were led by junior Kelsey Booth who finished with a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds along with 4 blocks and 4 steals to close out her season as the team’s most improved player. Senior Kanika Cummings who finished her career with 14 points. Tehresa Coles scored 10.

Marist displayed their signature balanced attack placing four players in double figures. Madeline Blais (16) and Leanna Ockenden (14) combined for 30 points and were a perfect 9-9 from the field. Sydney Coffey scored 15 points and Tori Jarosz added 12.

“Marist, their record speaks for itself,” said Jaques. “They’re top to bottom one of the toughest teams on any level that I’ve coached. They just put it all together and they play really hard and they’ve got some seniors and they get it and Brian does a great job so give them a lot of credit.”

Siena will look to continue to rebuild next season with an influx of solid young talent. This game marked the end of the careers of seniors Kanika Cummings, Ciara Stewart and Clara Sole Anglada. Siena loses 6 players in all including seniors Kate Zarotney, Onyx Mintah and Allison Mullings who did not dress for the MAAC Tourney.

“I’m thankful for our four seniors and what they did for the program over four years. But, I’m excited for the future of our program.”

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