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All good things must come to an end, as the Marist women’s and men’s basketball teams concluded play with losses in the MAAC tournament this weekend.

The 6th-seeded Marist women took on #3 Fairfield after downing Saint Peter’s two days before. In the quarterfinal game, the Stags got the best of the Foxes, as the season ended for the women on a 61-44 final. Marist defeated Fairfield in both regular-season contests, but this one did not go in favor of the Red Foxes.

Fairfield shot proficiently the entire game, finishing 41% from the field and 47% from three-point land. The Stags’ defense also generated 15 turnovers, as Marist failed to build a lead in the game. Additionally, unanimous MAAC Rookie of the Year Rebekah Hand was held to only four points in 36 minutes of play, after averaging a team-high 14 points per game during the season. Sophomore forward Maura Fitzpatrick paced Marist with 13 points, including three 3-point shots, while Hannah Hand and Lovisa Henningsdottir both finished in double figures.

Marist lost crucial minutes in the game from sophomore Claire Oberdorf, who went down hard in the second period and did not return with an apparent leg injury. The Red Foxes were riddled with injuries all season, most notably losing guard Allie Clement to an ACL injury early in the year. Oberdorf will look to recover soon and join the Marist softball team.

The women ended the season with a winning record in the MAAC, 11-9, and a 15-17 overall record in the 15th season under head coach Brian Giorgis. Seniors Morgan Metcalf and Sydnie Rosales are the exiting seniors on the team.

The Marist men entered the MAAC Tournament as the 10th-seed and fell to #7 Canisius in the opening round, 77-73. Marist defeated Canisius in their last meeting, but Phil Valenti’s 23 points and seven rebounds led the Golden Griffins past the Red Foxes. Canisius outshot Marist from 3-point range by a large margin, as the Griffins made 8 of 16, while the Foxes went 3 of 22.

Sophomore Brian Parker led the way for the Red Foxes with a near double-double, totaling a team-high 22 points and nine rebounds. Redshirt senior Khallid Hart tallied 11 points in the first half of his final game as a Red Fox, but finished with only 16. Senior Kentrall Brooks, also playing in his last collegiate contest, finished with 11 points and four rebounds.

The men finished the season with an 8-24 overall record, including 5-15 in MAAC play. Hart wrapped up his tenure at Marist with 1,879 points, good for 4th on the all-time scoring list in Marist program history.

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