Saints Down Dartmouth, 68-58

Jan. 2, 2004

Box Score

Senior captain Jolene Johnston recorded a double-double, scoring 13 points while pulling in 11 boards to lead the Saints to a 68-58 win over Dartmouth College at the Alumni Recreation Center in their final non-conference match-up of the regular season. With the win the Saints have posted two-straight non-league victories and now stand at 5-6 overall going into MAAC play. The Big Green fell to 4-6 on the season with the setback.

Siena first broke away from Dartmouth at the 10:55 mark in the opening half as Nathalie Marchino sank a three-pointer to give the Saints a nine-point lead with a 17-8 score. But over the next two minutes the Big Green fought back to within three, scoring six-straight points behind three points by Fatima Kamara and a trey by Jeannie Cullen.

The Saints took their biggest lead some four minutes later as the Green and Gold went on an 8-2 run for a 29-19 lead with just 5:27 left in the first half. But Dartmouth answered with a stint of their own, going on a 9-0 run to cut the Siena lead to just two.

The Saints shot 50 percent from the floor to take the 33-29 halftime lead. Liene Jansone scored 12 of her eventual game-high 18 points in the first half.

Michelle Blot kicked off the scoring in the second, knocking down her first of three second-half treys. Blot had all three of those three-pointers in the first five minutes of action to aid the Saints in their 16-6 run that gave them a 13-point lead at the 14:39 mark. It was all Green and Gold from then on as the Big Green never got any closer than eight points the rest of the way and Siena walked away with the 68-58 victory.

Marchino joined Johnston and Jansone in double-figure scoring, recording 11 points.

The Big Green also had three players reach double digits as Elise Morrison (10 points), Cullen (11 points) and Kamara (18 points) all reached the double figure mark.



The Saints shot 43.5 percent from the floor compared to just 39.2 percent for Dartmouth. Siena also held an advantage in assists (21-14), steals (12-5) and turnovers (14-21). The two teams faired equally well on the boards pulling down 37 each.

The Saints will hit the road next to face conference rival Fairfield on Monday, January 5. Game-time is set for 7:30 p.m