Jan. 5, 2004
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Siena had four starters score in double figures, as it defeated the Fairfield University women's basketball team 68-63, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) contest, Monday evening at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
The Saints (6-6, 2-1 MAAC) trailed 32-27 at halftime, but scored 41 points in the second half, on 13-of-28 (46.4%) shooting from the field, in the second stanza. Jolene Johnston and Liene Jansone each had 14 points to lead the Saints.
For the game Siena shot 43.1% (25-58) from the floor, but struggled from 3-point range connecting on just 2-of-11 (18.2%) from downtown.
The Stags (3-9, 1-1 MAAC) also had four starters in double figures led by junior Janelle McManus (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Bishop Kearney) who had a team-high 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.
Sophomore Ivana Podrug (Zagreb, Croatia/Zagreb) netted double digits for the third straight game pouring in 11 points on 4-of-6 from the field. Podrug also connected on all three of her free throw attempts to extend her consecutive free throw streak to 10 in a row. Earlier this season she went 18-for-18.
Junior Cathy Dash (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) and senior Schrene Isidora (Roselle, N.J./Roselle) each added 10 points apiece for the Stags. Dash shot 5-of-9 from the field, while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.
Fairfield shot 46.4% (26-56) from the field in the contest, and 3-of-9 (33.3%) from behind the 3-point stripe.
At one point in the second half, the Stags trailed by 10 points. But, the Stags were able to cut into the lead, and trail by only one with 1:44 to play, thanks to a lay-up by Dash.
Isidora then picked up her fifth personal foul, and Jansone made the first free throw attempt, but missed the second to take a 65-63 lead. With 1:20 to play.
The Stags had a chance to tie it, but Podrug missed a jumper, and Siena came down and set up Michelle Blot for a 3-pointer the missed the mark.
A Fairfield foul with :19 left would send the Saints to the line, where they would hit both to take a four-point lead, 67-63.