No. 25 Marist runs record to 22-2
Red Foxes hold Gaels to 23.7 percent shooting from the floor
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – No. 25 Marist won its 18th consecutive game with a 56-45 triumph against the Iona Gaels in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game at the Hynes Athletic Center on Friday afternoon. Junior guard Corielle Yarde led the way for Marist with 15 points on 7 for 12 shooting. She was joined in double figures by senior Élise Caron who matched a season-high with 13 points, while classmate Erica Allenspach added 12.
Caron also equaled a season high with six rebounds and dished out three assists. She shot 4 for 5 from the field, 3 for 4 from 3-point range and a perfect 2 for 2 from the free throw line. Allenspach grabbed five rebounds and had an assist and four steals.
The Red Foxes and Gaels exchanged short runs to open the game. Marist (22-2, 13-0 MAAC) scored the first four points on layups by Allenspach and Caron. Iona responded with the next five points on a layup and 3-point field goal by Diana Hubbard.
From there Marist used a 10-0 run during a span of 1:51 to reclaim the lead at 14-5. Caron provided the spark on the run and scored the first six points on consecutive triples. She then assisted on the third basket, a layup from Kelsey Beynnon. Freshman Leanne Ockenden capped the spurt with a layup at the 11:58 mark.
Iona (9-16, 5-8 MAAC) cut the lead to four at 14-10 with 9:58 remaining in the opening stanza. Marist responded and grew the lead as large as 12 points at 29-17 with 5:21 to play in the period. The margin capped a 7-0 run. At halftime the Red Foxes held a nine-point lead, 33-24.
In the second half, Iona cut into the deficit. Anda Ivkovic made a free throw with 8:40 to go and the Gaels cut it back to eight points at 45-37 with 5:50 to go on a Tomica Bacic layup.
Allenspach gave Marist its largest lead of the game, a 13-point edge at 50-37 with 3:53 left. She hit a triple off a pass from junior Emily Stallings.
The Red Foxes went 4 for 4 at the free throw line in the final 52 seconds of the game to secure the victory. Stallings and Allenspach each hit a pair of foul shots.
Marist outscored Iona in the paint 32-12 and compiled nine steals on 16 Iona turnovers. The Red Foxes shot 21 for 54 (38.9 percent) from the field as opposed to Iona’s 14 for 59 (23.7 percent) performance from the floor. In comparison, Marist hit 13 field goals in the first half.