By Pete Fagan
LOUDONVILLE – Marist women’s basketball (16-7, 8-3 MAAC) was triumphant once again as they defeated Siena (9-12, 5-5 MAAC) 73-58. The Saints took the lead early in the first quarter, but the Red Foxes regained control for the entirety of the game from there, going on a 14-1 run in the second quarter to build a double-digit lead.
Siena found a rhythm early to pull ahead 18-12 midway through the first as they shot nearly 60% from the field.
Marist held the Saints without scoring for the final three minutes of quarter to lead at the break, 19-18.
Siena started off the second with a pair of buckets, but Marist went on an 8-0 run to lead 28-23 halfway through the quarter.
The Red Foxes did not give up a free throw until the 4:59 mark of the second quarter.
Marist’s run ballooned to 14-1, and Siena did not score a field goal until 3:30 left in the second.
Marist outscored Siena 21-13 in the second quarter to lead 40-31 at halftime. The Red Foxes had shot 54% from the field and 50% from three in the first half.
The Red Foxes started the third quarter strong, outrebounding Siena 9-4 for a 14-7 shot advantage and a 52-40 lead.
Siena shot well in the third quarter, but did not get that many opportunities after getting outrebounded 13-8
Marist scored well in the fourth quarter, but Aaliyah Jones singlehandedly kept the Saints from falling farther behind with clutch three-point shooting.
Despite an impressive 27-point performance from Jones, Marist outscored Siena 15-11 in the fourth and emerged victorious.
“We finally found our offense again. We had four starters in double figures and grace with 9, it was great to have her back” praised Head Coach Brian Giorgis. “Sarah Barcello had a great game for us and so did Willow once again. Allie best did a great job coming off the bench, especially in the first half when we had a slow start and needed someone to make plays. We had a really good second quarter, and took it from there.”
Marist women’s basketball will be heading to Manhattan on Feb. 7.