Jan. 10, 2003
Siena dropped their first conference game of the season, suffering a 68-50 setback against Manhattan at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. With the loss, the Saints fall to 9-4 on the season and 3-1 in the MAAC while the Jaspers improve to 5-8 overall and 2-2 in league play.
After both teams knocked down a bucket to open-up the half, Siena went on a 9-0 run, courtesy of Gunta Basko and Liene Jansone, taking an 11-2 lead with 15:00 left on the clock. Manhattan battled back and cut the Saint lead to just one on a jumper by Christine Beach at the 7:28 mark and then went on to take their first lead of the half, going up 18-17, on a pair of free throws by Rosalie Mason. The lead change was at the front end of a 12-0 run that gave Manhattan a 26-17 advantage. Nathalie Marchino was fouled while attempting a three-pointer at the buzzer and sunk all three free throws for a 26-20 score at the half in favor of the Jaspers.
Manhattan increased their lead to 12 points early in the second, taking a 38-26 edge over the Saints with 15:30 remaining in regulation. Siena pulled to within three at the 10:30 mark with help from Mary McKissack who added eight points in that span, including two treys. Manhattan regained their 12-point lead, going up 52-40 with a little over four minutes left to play and the Saints were unable to stage another comeback as the Jaspers maintained their lead and took the eventual 68-50 victory.
Siena connected on only six of 28 three-point attempts (21.4%) and shot 30.5% from the floor. The Saints outrebounded the Jaspers 36-33.
Jansone had a double-double on the night, leading Siena with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Basko and McKissack also managed double-figures, netting 11 points apiece.
Three Jaspers recorded double-digits as well as Rosalee Mason led the way with 19 points while adding 10 rebounds. Tiffany Schettig had 18 points while Eve Walters added 12.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Saints and marked the first loss at the Pepsi Arena for Siena since February 13, 2000 when they h fell to Saint Peter's, 83-59.
The Saints will next travel to Hanover, NH on Tuesday, January 14, to face Dartmouth University in their final non-conference game of the regular season. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.