Queen’s University basketball player joins elite club with 1,000-point benchmark

Marianne Alarie has become just the fourth player in Queen’s University basketball history to score 1,000 career points.

She reached the milestone on Jan. 26 at the Queen’s Athletic Centre in a victory over the Laurentian Voyageurs 72-46.

“To accomplish the feat at home was really, really special,” said Alarie, a life sciences student from Sudbury.

“Being from Sudbury, I knew the Laurentian coach really well and many of the girls,” continued Alarie.

“I know they were our opponents, but they’re my friends as well. It was special having them in attendance. The fans were great; they were so appreciative. I didn’t expect the response I got from the public. It was a heartwarming and touching experience.”

This is Alarie’s fifth and final season of U-Sport basketball at Queen’s. She joins an elite group of players who have reached the 1,000-point plateau, a list that includes Brittany Moore, Jenny Wright and Liz Boag.

“I couldn’t have accomplished this feat without my teammates, coaches and family,” Alarie said.

“I owe so much to my parents who gave me the opportunity to play my sport and pursue my passion,” she continued, “my coaches, Dave Wilson, James Bambury and Bob Freeman for giving me the opportunity to play and be a part of this amazing program, and I thank my teammates who always found a way to get me the ball. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Alarie and the Gaels ( 11-7) will host the York Lions on Friday night.

The winner will finish in fourth place in the East Division of the Ontario University Association and will receive home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Tip-off time at the Queen’s Athletic Centre is 6 p.m.

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