ALBANY, NY - League rival Marist ends Siena Women’s Basketball’s tournament run with a 67-51 semifinal victory over the Saints. In the last eight games, Siena (17-14) has forced their opponents to turn over the ball 175 times (21.9 per game).
Rebekah Hand tallied a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds as she hit two of the Red Foxes (20-12) treys in the game. Alana Gilmer led all scorers with 22 points, while Maura Fitzpatrick added 13.
Marist jumped ahead in the first quarter following a 12-1 run to lead 16-4. The Saints recorded nine points from the free-throw line in the opening frame, the most free-throws made in the first quarter. The 25 points scored by Marist in the first quarter were the most scored by an opponent all season. The Red Foxes shot an impressive 57% (8-14) from the field in the frame, while Siena was held to just 12.5% (2-16) as they trailed by 11, 25-14 after one.
Siena went on a 6-0 run to cut the Marist lead to just seven, 22-29, but the Red Foxes would respond. Both teams would tally 15 in the second frame to keep the Red Foxes ahead by 11, 40-29 at the half as the Saints registered the final five points of the frame, including a buzzer beater by Scarbrough.
The Saints came out of the locker room with a fire to continue onto the MAAC Championship and following an 8-0 Siena run the deficit was just three, 42-39. Marist would respond though and keep the Saints just out of arms reach from the lead. Following another three-point deficit, 41-44, Hand recorded the next five points to put the Red Foxes back ahead and keep the lead 52-43 after three.
Marist continued to battle and registered eight points to take a 16-point lead, their largest of the game, 65-49 with just over 2:30 remaining to play. The Saints would continue to battle, but the clock would expire with the Red Foxes ahead 67-51.
The Red Foxes won on the boards 44-31 earning 11 second-chance points. However, the Saints racked up their second straight game recording 15 steals and forced Marist to 21 turnovers.