Sharpshooting Anderson Too Much for St. Peter's
Jan. 3, 2002
Jersey City, NJ - Erica Anderson scored a season-high 23 points, including six three pointers, to lead Siena over Saint Peter's Thursday night, 75-70. Anderson, a junior guard, was 8-for-13 and 6-for-8 from behind the arc. Siena won its eighth game in a row and 18th straight against a MAAC opponent.
With the score tied 15-15 at the 12:52 mark in the first quarter, Siena went on a 9-0 run, led by six points from MAAC Pre-Season Player of the Year Gunta Basko. Basko would finish with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Saints (8-3, 3-0) held a 38-28 advantage at halftime and led by 16 with 8:51 left in the second half. Saint Peter's (9-3, 2-1) would chip away, with Felicia Harris scoring 13 of her team-high 19 points. In the half, Harris, a senior forward, would move past the 1,000 point mark in career scoring, making her the 17th Peahen to reach the plateau. She also became the ninth Peahen to record 1,000 points and 600 rebounds.
Down by 10 with 4:06 remaining, a 9-3 Saint Peter's run would cut the lead to four points. Tyiana Sears hit a three-pointer and Lindsay Gonzalez hit two free-throws to shrink the deficit to 70-66 with 1:47 remaining.
Chrissy Loeliger went 4-for-4 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the game for Siena as Saint Peter's would get no closer than three points, 73-70 on a Gonzalez layup with 18 seconds remaining.
The Saints were strong on second-chance points, grabbing 18 offensive rebounds that led to 12 points. The Peahens had nine offensive boards and were outrebounded 40-32.
Sears would finish with 17 points, going 7-for-10 from the floor while Tanesha Seaton added 12. Gonzalez had seven points and a game-high five steals. In her last three games, she has 17 steals.
The Saints take an eight-day hiatus before returning to action on January 11th against Canisius. Tipoff in the ARC is 7:00 p.m.