ITHACA – Sophomore forward Catie Cunningham led the Red Foxes with a career-high 18 points, but it wasn’t enough, as Marist women’s basketball came up short on the road against Cornell, 74-61, Thursday afternoon inside Newman Arena.
With the loss, Marist falls to 2-10 on the campaign, while Cornell improves to 6-5 on the 2023-24 season.
The Big Red jumped out to a 15-0 run to open the contest before the Red Foxes closed the frame with an 11-4 run to trim the deficit to single digits entering the second quarter.
Marist opened the frame with a 12-6 run, capped by a Lexie Tarul three-pointer to trim the deficit to 25-23, forcing a Cornell timeout with 5:48 remaining in the half.
However, Cornell outscored Marist 12-7 to close the half to carry a 37-30 lead into the break.
After Marist fell behind 39-32 in the quarter, the Red Foxes responded with an 11-4 run, capped by a Catie Cunningham three-point play to trim the deficit to 43-41.
After the media timeout, Catie Cunningham scored on a driving layup to extend the run to 15-6 and tie the game at 45-45. After falling behind 46-45, Kiara Fisher found Jackie Piddock on the wing and drilled a three to give Marist its first lead at 48-45, before a buzzer-beater by Cornell tied the game into the fourth.
The Big Red opened the fourth quarter with a 15-4 run to take a 63-52 lead with 5:19 remaining in regulation. The lead proved to be too much for the Red Foxes, as Cornell held on for the 74-61 victory over Marist.
The Red Foxes will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 6, Marist continues MAAC play on the road at Iona.