Jan. 2, 2005
HANOVER, N.H. - Two free throws by junior guard Michelle Blot (Colonie, NY) with 0.4 ticks left on the clock sealed the victory for Siena College as the Saints held on for a 51-49 victory over Dartmouth College during Sunday's matinee at Leede Arena.
Dartmouth junior Krista Perry hit a lay-up with 23 seconds left to tie the score, but Blot was fouled while attempting a three-pointer and converted her first two attempts to secure the victory. With the win, the Saints improve to 4-7 (1-1 MAAC) on the season, while the Big Green falls to 3-7 (0-0 Ivy).
Freshman Laura Menty (Wilbraham, MA) and sophomore guard Katelyn Dooley (Troy, NY) paced the Saints offense with 15 points each. Dooley dished a team high of three assists while Menty grabbed eight boards and senior tri-captain Lauren Surber snatched three steals and seven rebounds.
The Saints entered the final 20 minutes with a 24-22 lead and went on a 6-0 run, which began with a Whitney Cave jumper capped by a lay-up. The run swoll to a nine-point Saints advantage when Menty made a lay-up with 13:48 left to battle.
Dartmouth chipped away at Siena's advantage and pulled within one, 42-43, after a steal by Whitney Cunningham who dumped it to Jeannie Cullen for a lay-up with 7:27 left in the game.
With time running out, the Saints held a four-point cushion with 4:00 to go; both teams exchanged missed opportunities. It was an Angie Soriaga missed three-pointer and an offensive board that resulted in Sydney Scott getting in the paint to score to bring the Green within two, 49-47, with 1:25 left. On Siena's next possession, Cullen stole the ball from Blot to set up Perry's game-tying and eventual last basket for the Green.
Siena won the battle of the boards, 41-30, including a 20-8 advantage on the offensive glass. Blot grabbed both game and season high of 10 caroms.
The Saints shot 33.3% from the field, while the Big Green shot 38.8% from the floor. For Dartmouth, Scott, Cullen and Soriage finished in double digits.
Siena returns home to battle MAAC-foe Fairfield at 7 p.m. on Friday in the ARC.