Jan. 11, 2008
Riverdale, N.Y. - Manhattan forward Caitlin Flood posted a game-high 23 points leading the Lady Jaspers to a 70-68 victory over Siena (5-9, 1-3) this evening in Riverdale, N.Y. Manhattan (9-6, 4-0) used Flood's 16 second half points to hold off Siena's late scoring surge and remain perfect in the MAAC. Three Saints scored in double-figures, including a team-high 20 points from junior guard Shondaya Burrell. Siena forward Heather Stec pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds in the losing effort.
Siena struck first with a Burrell lay-up just seconds into the contest marking its only lead of the game. The Lady Jaspers used a 10-1 run midway through the opening stanza to break open the contest and hold a 22-10 advantage at the 9:32 mark. Nwafili capped the run off with a slashing lay-up through the lane to give Manhattan its largest lead of the game.
The Saints stormed back behind Laura Menty's efficient shooting late in the half. Menty, the MAAC's leading scorer, dropped seven points over an 11-2 Siena run to cut the Saints deficit to three. After exchanging buckets, Siena entered intermission trailing 35-30.
Siena refused to surrender in the second half and got within 65-64 with 33 seconds remaining thanks to consecutive field goals from Burrell. Although, this would be as close as the Saints would come as the Lady Jaspers connected on its free-throws down the stretch to secure the victory.
Burrell's 20 point performance marked her fourth of the season and seventh in her career. Senior tri-captains Melissa Manzer (14) and Menty (17) complemented Burrell well also scoring in double figures.
The Saints were a solid 25-47 (53.2%) from the field to Manhattan's 26-55 (47.3%) shooting efficiency. Siena won the battle of the boards 34-26 and outscored the Lady Jaspers in the paint 40-24.
With the loss, the Saints fall to 5-9 overall and 1-3 in league action. Siena returns to action on Sunday afternoon in Jersey City for its meeting with Saint Peter's. Tip off is slated for 2 p.m.