Basko Dominates As Saints Outrun Canisius

Jan. 11, 2002

Box Score

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Gunta Basko scored 19 of her 30 points in the decisive first half and finished with 16 rebounds as Siena pulled away from Canisius 98-83 Friday night in front of a season-high 1748 fans in the ARC. The Saints won their ninth game in a row and 19th straight against a MAAC opponent.

Basko (Olaine, Latvia/Riga Secondary #3) notched her fifth double-double in a row and tenth of the season in the first half alone with 19 points and 10 boards. In addition to her 30 points and 16 rebounds, she added four steals, three assists and three blocks.

The Saints closed the first half on a 29-13 run en route to a 55-36 halftime lead. Canisius never pulled closer than 12 in the second half. The Saints (9-3/4-0 MAAC) shot 53 percent in the first half and a season-high 49 percent overall. The foul-filled game featured 50 total team fouls and 74 free throws.

Shimrit Gigi (Ramat Gan, Israel/Kiryat Sharet) scored all of her career-high 12 points in the first twenty minutes. Erica Anderson (N. Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) dished out a career-best nine assists while also scoring 18 points. Mary McKissack (Detroit, Mich./Communications and Arts) added 12 points and six assists.

Shauna Geronzin led Canisius (6-8/3-2 MAAC) with 23 points and 13 rebounds on seven of 17 shooting. Jenel Stevens added 18 and Jill Knapic scored 17 points.

The win kicked off a seven-game, 16-day stretch for Siena. The Saints' 19 wins in a row against conference foes is the second-longest such streak in the nation behind Louisiana Tech.

The Saints return to action Sunday against Niagara the Pepsi Arena. Tipoff in the first game of a doubleheader is 2:30 p.m. WNBA superstar Sheryl Swoopes will speak before the game at 12:30.