Despite taking a one point lead with 3:14 left in the third quarter, the Canisius women’s basketball team was bested by the Marist Red Foxes, 67-60 in Pougkeepsie, N.Y. on Saturday. With the loss Canisius drops to 6-15 and 5-7 in MAAC play while Marist improves to 9-12 and 6-5 in conference action.
Following the Griffs taking the lead late in the third quarter, Marist proceeded to go on a 10-4 run through the final two minutes to end the frame with a five point lead, an advantage it didn’t relinquish the rest of the way.
Its senior guard, Lauren D'Hont, who notched 19 points, shooting 7-of-10 for the game, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, led the Griffs offensively. Sophomore Sara Hinriksdottir broke double-digits as well, scoring 11 points and nearly recorded a double-double, taking down nine boards.
The Red Foxes had four players hit double figures with Claire Oberdorf pacing the team with 19 points. Kendall Baab (14 points), Hannah Hand (12) and Maura Fitzpatrick (11 points) also reached double-digits.
Canisius had a higher field goal percentage in the game, hitting 40.7 percent of its chances (22-of-54), while Marist shot 21-of-63 for a mark of 33.3 percent, however the Red Foxes led in the defensive categories.
Marist outrebounded the Griffs 41-35, while the team from Pougkeepsie, N.Y., turned it over just seven times in the game, while Canisius gave it away 12 times.
THOUGHTS FROM COACH ZEH
"We played well in spots tonight but not consistent enough to get a road win," head coach Terry Zeh said. "They had way too many second chance opportunities in the first half. We did a poor job of guarding them in the third quarter and they capitalized on that to create a lead. We got a few good looks when we cut the lead to four but they didn't go down. We didn't do a good job of guarding the arc. Credit to Marist for knocking them down.
• With the win Marist improves to 34-14 all-time against the Blue and Gold.
• Marist also improved to 14-6 all-time when playing in Poughkeepsie against the Griffs.
• Canisius continued the trend of not tallying a win when shooting under 37 percent from 3-point land. The squad is now 0-12 when failing to reach that mark.
• Sara Hinriksdottir got back on track in the game, scoring double-figures for the 18th time this season. She has failed to reach that number just three times this season.
Canisisu gets ready for a three-game homestand starting this coming Thursday, as the squad welcomes Manhattan on Feb. 2 and Iona on Feb. 4. The squad then welcomes Niagara on Friday, Feb. 10, which will take place as the first game of a Canisius vs. Niagara doubleheader, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Game times against Manhattan and Iona are 7 p.m. and 2p.m., respectively.