ALBANY, NY - Victoria Rampado and Kaylee Stroemple combined for 61 points to power Niagara past Siena Women's Basketball 73-68 at the Times Union Center on Sunday afternoon. Niagara shot 51% from the field for their first time shooting .500 or better this season.
Victoria Rampado exploded for a career-high 41 points, the second most points scored in a single game for Niagara (5-10, 2-2). She added 15 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season. Kaylee Stroemple tallied 20 points, two assists, one block and three assists for the Purple Eagles.
Niagara led by as much as 14 points in the fourth quarter, 56-42, but Siena would not quit and scored six points in the final minute to fall by just five, 73-68. This is the eighth time in last 10 matchups with the Purple Eagles that the score has been decided by 9 points or less.
After trailing by just two at the half, Gibson tied it up for the third time in the game to start the third quarter. The two teams would battle back and forth with the score being tied four more times in the frame. The Purple Eagles used the power behind Rampado and Stroemple to give Niagara the lead, as the duo scored 20 of the Purple Eagles 22 points in the frame. Niagara led 49-42 after three quarters played.
It was a slow start for both teams in the first and second quarter, but after a 7-0 run by Niagara the Purple Eagles led 20-13 and held onto the lead throughout most of the second frame. Scarbrough, who scored 16 of her 27 points in the first half, put the Saints ahead 23-22 with just under two minutes left in the second frame. DeAnna Winston would hit two free throws with 1 second left to cut the halftime deficit to just 27-25; Winston would go an impressive 1.000 (6-6) from the charity stripe on the game. Early in the first quarter, Siena would lead 11-6, with Scarbrough holding eight of those points. Niagara followed that up with a 7-0 run to lead 13-11. The score would be tied 13-13 after one frame played following a Scarbrough layup.
This is the fifth straight game the Saints have shot over 40% from the field after going 25-59 (.424). This was the best shooting percentage from an opponent at the free throw line as Niagara went 11-15 (.733). Niagara's 51% shooting is just the second team to shoot 50% or better from the field since Colgate's 54% on November 29.
Siena will head on the road to take on Canisius in the first half of a Western New York trip on Saturday, January 13 at 2 p.m.