POUGHKEEPSIE – The Marist women’s basketball team and Quinnipiac Bobcats battled to the end but after multiple big shots and comebacks from both teams, Quinnipiac prevailed, 80-74, Sunday afternoon in McCann Arena.
With the win, Quinnipiac snapped the Red Foxes’ nine game win streak and also clinched its fourth-straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season championship. The Bobcats improve to 22-5 overall and 16-0 in conference while the Red Foxes move to 17-11 overall and 13-3 in the MAAC.
After the first five minutes of play both Marist and Quinnipiac struggled from the field shooting 16 and 33 percent, respectively. Quinnipiac would jump out to an early 8-2 lead.
The first quarter would end on a buzzer beater from Willow Duffel and leave Marist trailing by only three points and Quinnipiac leading, 15-12.
A steal by Maura Fitzpatrick would turn into a layup by Alana Gilmer giving Marist its first lead of the game 20-19 with just over seven minutes to play in the half.
Marist and Quinnipiac would go back and forth for the remainder of the half resulting in nine lead changes. A jumper from Rebekah Hand with three seconds left would give Marist the lead going into the half, 29-28.
Marist and Quinnipiac went shot-for-shot in the third period but Quinnipiac grabbed the lead late and headed to the fourth up 41-40.
After going back and forth for most of the fourth quarter a three-pointer from Grace Vander Weide would tie things up at 55 a piece. Marist would continue on its 7-0 run and take a 57-55 lead with 30-seconds left in the game.
After a series of free throws and offensive rebounds by Quinnipiac, the Bobcats would tie up late in the game at 58-58 and send it to overtime.
In the overtime period, Quinnipiac grabbed the lead but playing to the theme of the game, Marist battled back and would tie the game at 67 after a wing three from Rebekah Hand.
Quinnipiac again was able to grab the lead early in the second overtime. This time they would hold on and secure the win over Marist 80-74.
“This was probably the best game in the MAAC in a long, long time. We’re just disappointed we came up on the wrong end,” said head coach Brian Giorgis.