POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The Marist Women’s Basketball team (1-7) returned to the McCann Arena after a two week absence but without the services of the twin Hand sisters. Rebekah and Hannah both out with injuries, and their absence caught up with the Red Foxes in the 4th quarter as Dartmouth pulled out a come-from-behind 60-51 win Saturday night.
Even still, there were some milestones to celebrate for the Red Foxes. Alana Gilmer recorded a career high 20 points and added 3 blocked shots. Marist had 7 blocks in the game. Junior Maura Fitzpatrick chipped in with a solid 15 points.
The Red Foxes shot 36.8% from the field but really fell short in it’s outside game, shooting just 11.8% to Dartmouth’s 36.4%
While Dartmouth jumped out to an early 15-10 lead after the first quarter, Marist came on strong in the second quarter and took a 26-25 lead into halftime, thanks to a steady diet of penetration by Gilmer and Fitzpatrick and two free throws by Fitzpatrick.
Free throws were another aspect of the game where Marist fell short – shooting just 46% from the charity stripe while Dartmouth was a cool 18-19 (94.7%) and 12-12 in the final quarter.
Marist kept its halftime momentum in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors 19-15 to take a 45-40 lead into the final frame, but Dartmouth’s defense kicked into high gear and went on a 12-0 run and was perfect from the foul line (12 for 12) to seal the win.
The Red Foxes are home again on Wednesday as part of a Marist basketball twin-bill. The Women’s team will host the University of Rhode Island at 5pm, followed by the Marist Men’s basketball team against Colgate at 7:30 p.m.