Jan. 5, 2006
Loudonville, N.Y.- In front of a raucous crowd of area elementary students, the Saints (6-6, 2-1) dropped their second game in a row and first to a conference foe in a 80-52 loss to Canisius (6-6, 3-0) at the Koessler Athletic Center this afternoon.
Siena got off to a rough start as Canisius grabbed eight offensive rebounds in the first five and a half minutes, which led to an 18-6 deficit early. Sophomore Laura Menty drew two fouls within a minute of each other and spent a lot of time on the bench to preserve her for the second half.
The Green and Gold once again had the range from the outside early as the team stroked four first half treys. Melissa Manzer opened the scoring with a 3-pointer from 30+ feet and was followed by one of Katelyn Dooley's two first half trey's to give Siena an early 6-2. From that point, Siena was outscored 43-24.
The Saints didn't register their first two-point field goal until six minutes was left in the first half. Laura Menty determined sweeping drive found the soft spot on the glass and she drew the foul for a three-point play. The Saints had an equal amount of two point field goals (4) as they did three-pointers (4).
In the second half the Saints couldn't pull any closer than 18 points as they connected on seven of 30 shot opportunities for a 23% conversion rate. Conversely, the Griffs hit 14 of 25 shots for 56%.
The Green and Gold were led by Melissa Manzer's 13 points, which ties a career-high for the sophomore. Manzer hit 3-of-7 3-point attempts in the loss.
Every player on Canisius' roster scored and they had four players finish in double-figures. Jessica Steeves led all scorers with 14 points and Becky Zak poured in a double-double with 10 points and 13 assists.
The Saints did grab 16 offensive caroms to Canisius' 15 but were outscored 15-13 on second chance points.
Siena wraps up the Buffalo swing with a 2 p.m. game on Saturday against the Niagara Purple Eagles. The Saints then finish their three game road trip with a January 12 date with Manhattan in Riverdale, N.Y. before returning home to face the Fairfield Stags on January 14.