NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. - If one thing is certain, Siena Women's Basketball games are not for the faint of heart this season. For a third straight game the outcome was decided on the final play of regulation or in overtime and again the Saints came up on the wrong end. Niagara went on a 22-6 run over the final 10:32, defeating Siena 70-62 in overtime at the Gallagher Center.
Once again Siena (4-9, 0-2) held a late lead, taking a 56-48 advantage on a Tehresa Coles layup with 5:32 remaining in regulation. But it would be the Saints' final field goal as Siena's last six points over the final 10-plus minutes all came from the free throw line. Siena closed out the game by missing their final seven shots and committing six turnovers.
Adding to the Saints' late offensive struggles was foul trouble as Coles fouled out with 2:09 left in regulation and Clara Sole Anglada was disqualified with nine seconds to go in the second half. Additionally, Siena's other top scoring threat Lily Grenci was whistled for her fourth foul with 3:23 to play.
With Siena's top players in foul trouble Niagara (6-7, 1-1) took advantage. The Purple Eagles made seven of their final 11 shots in regulation and overtime and rallied to within a point, 60-59 on a Shy Britton layup with 58 seconds remaining. Siena then turned the ball over on the ensuing possession, giving the Purple Eagles a chance to win to win it in regulation.
Niagara's Kayla Stroman was fouled with 8.9 seconds remaining, but made just one of two free throws to tie the game at 60. The Purple Eagles struggled from the line down the stretch, making just three of six over the final 2:09 of regulation and were just 13-23 (56.5%) for the game.
Siena had a chance to win at the end, but an entry feed to the post sailed over the head of Grenci sending the game to overtime. Overtime would be all Niagara as the Purple Eagles scored the first six points of the extra session and pulled away for the win.
Sole Anglada led the Saints with her first double-double of the season, posting a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds. Grenci added her third double-double of the year with 19 points and 11 rebounds in another solid effort.
Sole and Grenci ignited the Saints early and often. The duo played a key role in Siena scoring the game's first 13 points in just over four and a half minutes.
But Niagara responded with the next 11 points thanks in large part to a solid bench effort throughout. The Purple Eagles' bench outscored that of the Saints 38-1. Britton led the way with a career-high 20 points, while Meghan McGuinness scored the other 18 for Niagara which snapped a three-game losing streak.
Following a season long four-game road trip the Saints finally return home when they host Fairfield Thursday. Tip-off is slated for 11:30 a.m. in Siena's Third Annual BlueShield of Northeastern New York Kid's Day Game. Nearly 2,000 schoolchildren will be in attendance for the game which will be televised throughout New York on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.