ALBANY, N.Y. - Siena led by as much as 22 points and held on late to defeat Manhattan 62-55 in the front end of a doubleheader with the Siena men Sunday at the Times Union Center. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak and marked the Saints' first win of both 2013 and in conference play.
Lily Grenci led the Saints (5-10, 1-3) with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Kate Zarotney came off the bench to tie a career-high with 14 points on a perfect 7-7 shooting.
Sophomore guard Ida Krogh served as the catalyst for Siena's offense, dishing out a career-high 10 assists. It marked the first double-digit assist performance by a Siena player in six years since Liga Alpe-Luka's 10-assist game on Nov. 10, 2007 against Boston University.
Siena led throughout and raced out to a 21-7 lead midway through the first half. The Saints would ultimately take a nine-point lead, 30-21, into intermission.
The Saints came out firing again to start the second half, opening the stanza on a 10-2 run to open up a 17-point cushion at 40-23 with 16:31 remaining.
The game appeared to be well in control after Grenci stole the ball and took it all the way for the layup to put the Saints up by 20, 59-39, with 4:49 to go. But it would be Siena's final field goal of the game.
Manhattan (4-11, 1-3) made things interesting, countering with a furious rally reeling off a 16-1 run over the next four minutes. The Jaspers ultimately got as close as five, 60-55 with 28 seconds to go, but would get no closer.
Monica Roeder led all scorers for Manhattan with 19 points, albeit on just 6-22 shooting and 3-13 from three. Allison Skrec added a career-high 15 points to go along with six assists for the Jaspers and Nicole Isaacs contributed a career-high tying 12 off the bench.
The Saints return to action Thursday for a 6 p.m. tip at Saint Peter's. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.