Jan. 4, 2009
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Saint Peter's came from behind and finished with a 13-0 run to shock Siena 61-57 Sunday afternoon at the Yanitelli Center. Jynae Judson and Tania Kennedy combined for the final 11 points of the game. New Jersey native Cristina Centeno scored 13 points and senior forward Heather Stec scored 12 to lead the Saints.
Siena (2-10, 1-2) shot a blistering 82.4% (14-17) in the first half where five of the seven players who made field goals were perfect. The Saints also played good team defense, holding the Peahens to 35.5% (11-31) from the field.
Saint Peter's (4-8, 1-2) stayed in the game by forcing 10 Siena turnovers and scoring 10 points off them. They also crashed the offensive glass, pulling down 10 offensive rebounds. Saint Peter's took their first lead of the game, 25-24, on a 3-pointer by Jamie Smith with 3:25 remaining in the first half. The Saints fired back on the next possession with a 3-pointer by Cristina Centeno. The teams traded leads in the waning minutes of the first half until Cathy Cockrum and Centeno supplied a 6-2 run to take a 35-31 lead into halftime.
Preseason First Team All-MAAC selection Tania Kennedy sat for much of the first half after she picked up two fouls in the first seven minutes of the game.
Freshman Maja Gerlyng had an impressive game off the bench for the Saints. In the second half, she was right in the middle of a Siena run that put the Saints up 49-38, their largest lead of the game, with 12:29 remaining. She hit a 3-pointer and then stole the ball from Natasha Morris on the next possession and took it coast-to-coast for the layup. She finished the game with a career-high seven points on a perfect 3-for-3 night. She also played solid defense as she forced two Peahens charging fouls.
Siena scored what would be their final basket of the game on a Serena Moore
layup with 4:36 remaining. Charlene Riddick converted two free throws and Kennedy hit just her second field goal of the game to cut the deficit to five. Siena committed a critical turnover with 2:42 left in the game. The Saints tried inbounding the ball, but Judson picked off the pass under the hoop and made the layup to make it a one-possession game. Following a Siena miss, Kennedy hit a 3-pointer to tie the game 57-57. With 28 seconds on the clock, Moore blocked Judson's shot, but Judson grabbed the rebound and made the layup to put the Peahens up 59-57.
Siena returns to action Friday in a doubleheader with the men's team at Times Union Center. The Saints host Rider at 4:30 p.m.