Dulin leads Marist in NCAA opener

The Marist College women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end on Saturday as the 12th-seeded Red Foxes fell 55-47 to Michigan State, the fifth seed, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Casey Dulin from Milford finished with a team-high 13 points, including going 3-for-4 from three-point range.

Sydney Coffey was also in double figures with 12 points, going 2-for-3 from three-point range and 4-for-4 from the free throw line, and finishing with five rebounds.

Elizabeth Beynnon and Emma O’Connor each scored seven points and O’Connor grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and handed out three assists.

Leanne Ockenden hit two of her three 3-pointers and finished with six points and held Michigan State’s leading scorer Klarissa Bell to just two points.

After a slow first half, the Red Foxes used an 11-0 run early in the second half to cut a 12-point deficit to just one, 31-30 with 16:24 left in the game.

Marist started out 4-for-4 from three-point range after halftime as Coffey, Ockenden, O’Connor and Dulin all hit treys in the first four minutes out of the break.Coffey also hit a pair of free throws.

Dulin hit her second 3-pointer at the 13:46 mark to complete the comeback and put Marist on top 33-31.

The Spartans scored five straight points to jump back ahead 36-33 just a minute later.

The teams played within two possessions of each other for the next five minutes, trading both two and three-point baskets.

Beynnon hit a pair of free throws, Dulin hit her third shot of the half from beyond the three-point arc and Kristina Danella and O’Connor each hit layups.

A layup by Beynnon brought the Red Foxes within four at 51-47 with 3:02 left.

However, the offense could not score again as Michigan State hit all four of its free throws in the final minutes to seal the win.

Marist started quickly in the first half as Beynnon scored on a layup just 10 seconds after O’Connor won the opening tip.

Coffey followed with a 3-pointer at the 19:00 mark to expand Marist’s lead to 5-0.

Michigan State answered with a 9-0 run to jump ahead by four with 12:43 remaining in the opening half.

Ockenden hit a 3-pointer to stop the run, pulling the Red Foxes within one, and stopping a 6:32 scoreless streak.

Four straight points by Dulin on driving layups and an O’Connor jumper eventually put Marist back on top at 14-12 with 8:03 left.

The offense against went cold for the Red Foxes, enduring another run of 4:55 without a basket as the Spartans went up 25-14 on the back of a 13-0 run.

Coffey ended the streak with a fast break layup following a defensive rebound.

Neither team was able to score over the final 3:08 of the half as Marist continued to trail 25-16 at halftime.

Marist’s season ends at 26-7. The Red Foxes reached the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in program history, and eighth consecutive year.

Marist had won 21 straight games entering Saturday’s contest.

As reported by Marist College Athletics