Marist Swept by Siena For the First Time Since 2004

One step forward, two steps back. That might be one of the unofficial taglines for Marist women’s basketball this season. The Red Foxes dropped a difficult game to Siena in Albany on Saturday night.

Coming off of its best defensive performance of the year against Saint Peter’s, the Red Foxes were looking for only their second winning streak of the season. A victory would have vaulted Marist into a logjam of teams with six MAAC wins. It was not to be.

The win marked Siena’s first regular-season sweep of the I-87/Route 9 Rivalry since the 2003-04 season.

When the teams met in McCann in the middle of January, the Saints were only a few days removed from getting their first win of the season after a winless non-conference slate. Siena proceeded to outscore the Red Foxes 45-24 in the second half to run away with a 69-53 victory that was part of a five-game winning streak that also includes triumphs over Manhattan and Fairfield.

The Saints have come back to Earth since the glory days of January, coming into the game as losers of five straight, but it was senior night at the UHY Center, and no one wanted to lose that game.

After being unable to hit the ocean from the beach during the third quarter, the Saints drained two threes as part of an 11-2 run to grab a 48-40 lead with just over five minutes left. It was a familiar scene for Marist fans. The Red Foxes had some good looks but could not get them to go.

Kendall Krick finally provided Marist’s first field goal of the quarter to make it 50-42 with 3:12 left, but Deanna Winston drained a three off an offensive rebound to make it 53-42 at the 2:52 mark.

In a similar fashion to the first meeting, the Saints ran away for a double-digit win.

Marist shot three-for-22 from three and only made eight-for-15 from the charity stripe. After the first quarter, the Red Foxes only made nine field goals and scored 27 points.  

Trinasia Kennedy had 13 for the Red Foxes and Krick added 11 in the loss. Anabel Ellison had four points after leaving Thursday’s game early due to an ankle injury.

The Saints bested the Red Foxes inside, out rebounding their rivals 48-36 and outscoring the Red Foxes 30-18 in the paint and 15-4 on second-chance points 

Giorgis said that Thursday night’s win at home against Saint Peter’s was the first time that the Red Foxes sold out and committed to the scouting report. Rayshel Brown and Margo Peterson were at the top of the list for Saturday’s game after combining for 31 points in the last meeting.

Brown had a team-high 13 points and Peterson had nine, but it was Serena Philoxy’s 10 points and 10 rebounds that loomed the largest in a balanced effort from the home team.

Marist got some quality looks in the early going, making seven-of-nine from the field to open the game and taking an 18-14 lead into the second quarter.

Then, as so often is the case, the Red Foxes went cold in the following quarter. A five-and-a-half-minute scoring drought allowed the Saints to grab and extend the lead. Peterson hit a three to stretch Siena’s advantage to 33-24 with 17 seconds left in the first half. A bank shot from Krick made it a seven-point game at the break.

Both teams started slowly in the third quarter, but the Red Foxes slowly mounted a comeback. A three from Kennedy and a three-point play from Krick were highlights of a 10-0 run that gave Marist a 36-35 lead midway through the third.

The Saints could only muster four points for the entire third quarter, shooting two-for-15 over the ten minutes. The Red Foxes took a 38-37 lead into the fourth. It felt like it could have been more.

The Red Foxes continue their three games in five days stretch with a road trip to Rider on Monday night with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

This has been a season of unfamiliar territories for Marist women’s basketball, but after a win at Siena on Saturday evening, the Red Foxes bussed back to Poughkeepsie with only their second winning streak of the 2021-22 season.

One step forward, two steps back. That might be one of the unofficial taglines for Marist women’s basketball this season. The Red Foxes dropped a difficult game to Siena in Albany on Saturday night.

Coming off of its best defensive performance of the year against Saint Peter’s, the Red Foxes were looking for only their second winning streak of the season. A victory would have vaulted Marist into a logjam of teams with six MAAC wins. It was not to be.

The win marked Siena’s first regular-season sweep of the I-87/Route 9 Rivalry since the 2003-04 season.

When the teams met in McCann in the middle of January, the Saints were only a few days removed from getting their first win of the season after a winless non-conference slate. Siena proceeded to outscore the Red Foxes 45-24 in the second half to run away with a 69-53 victory that was part of a five-game winning streak that also includes triumphs over Manhattan and Fairfield.

The Saints have come back to Earth since the glory days of January, coming into the game as losers of five straight, but it was senior night at the UHY Center, and no one wanted to lose that game.

After being unable to hit the ocean from the beach during the third quarter, the Saints drained two threes as part of an 11-2 run to grab a 48-40 lead with just over five minutes left. It was a familiar scene for Marist fans. The Red Foxes had some good looks but could not get them to go.

Kendall Krick finally provided Marist’s first field goal of the quarter to make it 50-42 with 3:12 left, but Deanna Winston drained a three off an offensive rebound to make it 53-42 at the 2:52 mark.

In a similar fashion to the first meeting, the Saints ran away for a double-digit win.

Marist shot three-for-22 from three and only made eight-for-15 from the charity stripe. After the first quarter, the Red Foxes only made nine field goals and scored 27 points.  

Trinasia Kennedy had 13 for the Red Foxes and Krick added 11 in the loss. Anabel Ellison had four points after leaving Thursday’s game early due to an ankle injury.

The Saints bested the Red Foxes inside, out rebounding their rivals 48-36 and outscoring the Red Foxes 30-18 in the paint and 15-4 on second-chance points 

Giorgis said that Thursday night’s win at home against Saint Peter’s was the first time that the Red Foxes sold out and committed to the scouting report. Rayshel Brown and Margo Peterson were at the top of the list for Saturday’s game after combining for 31 points in the last meeting.

Brown had a team-high 13 points and Peterson had nine, but it was Serena Philoxy’s 10 points and 10 rebounds that loomed the largest in a balanced effort from the home team.

Marist got some quality looks in the early going, making seven-of-nine from the field to open the game and taking an 18-14 lead into the second quarter.

Then, as so often is the case, the Red Foxes went cold in the following quarter. A five-and-a-half-minute scoring drought allowed the Saints to grab and extend the lead. Peterson hit a three to stretch Siena’s advantage to 33-24 with 17 seconds left in the first half. A bank shot from Krick made it a seven-point game at the break.

Both teams started slowly in the third quarter, but the Red Foxes slowly mounted a comeback. A three from Kennedy and a three-point play from Krick were highlights of a 10-0 run that gave Marist a 36-35 lead midway through the third.

The Saints could only muster four points for the entire third quarter, shooting two-for-15 over the ten minutes. The Red Foxes took a 38-37 lead into the fourth. It felt like it could have been more.

The Red Foxes continue their three games in five days stretch with a road trip to Rider on Monday night with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

Edited by Connor Kurpat

Image from Marist Athletics

Author: Jonathan Kinane

I'm a freshman from Syracuse, NY, studying sports communications with aspirations to either become a sportswriter or broadcaster and to host my very own podcast. I consider myself a die hard Syracuse University sports fan, but I also follow the Knicks, Giants, and Yankees in the professional ranks. Sports has long been my passion and I am excited to join Center Field.

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