Jan. 8, 2010
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -
Siena shot 25% from the field and had 23 turnovers as Saint Peter's defeated the Saints 46-40 Friday evening at the Yanitelli Center. Siena's 40 points were the fewest scored since it lost to New Mexico 78-39 in the AmeriSuites Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament on November 25, 2006. Siena's three-game win streak was snapped with the loss.
Both teams started slow as Siena's Sarah Fullmer scored the first points of the game on two free throws over three minutes into the game. Saint Peter's made its first field goal almost six minutes into the game courtesy of Jynae Judson.
The Saints (4-8, 2-1) opened up an 11-4 lead when Allie Lindemann hit a 3-pointer from the right corner. But Siena went almost 10-minutes without scoring (13:13 to 3:33) and the final 13 minutes of the half without a field goal. Even still, they led 17-16 at halftime.
Saint Peter's (6-8, 2-1) went almost five minutes (10:36 to 5:41) without scoring and shot 18.5% (5-27) from the field and had 10 turnovers in the first half.
Judson caught fire in the second half, scoring 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. With Saint Peter's up five (37-32) and 6:35 remaining, Merrick Volpe made three free throws in a row and Lindemann hit a jumper to tie the game with 3 ½ minutes left.
Lindemann's jumper followed a frenetic play where Volpe deflected the ball out of Natasha Morris' hands and the ball bounced toward mid-court. Morris stretched for the ball, thinking it would be a backcourt violation, and flipped it back toward the 3-point line and into Cristina Centeno's hands. Siena moved the ball to Lindemann and with a defender running at her, she shot-faked and stepped in for the easy jumper.
Free throws were crucial for Siena in the second half. After making 11-of-12 (91.7%) in the first half, the Saints made just 5-of-10 (50%) in the second half.
With 55 seconds left and Siena down 42-40, Lindemann attempted a 3-pointer that went in and out. Centeno grabbed the offensive rebound and Head Coach Gina Castelli
took her final timeout. Siena missed its shot on two possessions before Saint Peter's could make free throws and push it to a two-possession game. Cassandra Bryant went 4-for-4 from the line in the final seven seconds to secure the victory.
It is Siena's sixth straight loss to Saint Peter's.
Fullmer reached a milestone in the loss, eclipsing 100 career blocks with two rejections.
Volpe and Lindemann each scored 11 points to lead the Saints.
The Saints return to action Sunday when they play Fairfield at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn. Game time is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.