Jan. 13, 2014
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena scored the final 14 points of the game but it wasn't anywhere near enough as Monmouth defeated Siena Women's Basketball 64-49 Monday morning at the ARC. The game drew a total of 1,906 fans - most of which were schoolchildren from 10 Capital Region area schools - for the Saints' Fourth Annual BlueShield of Northeastern New York Kid's Day Game.
Monmouth (4-13, 3-3) led throughout and built a commanding 37-19 lead at the break. The Hawks would lead by as many as 29 points in the second half in winning for the third time in four games after opening the season at 1-12.
Senior guard Ciara Stewart was a bright spot for the Saints (6-9, 1-5), posting career-highs of 13 points and five steals. She hit 5-7 from the field in becoming the 10th different Saint to lead the team in scoring through the first 15 games.
But Monmouth put the game out of reach early, shooting 55.6% in the first half and 47.3% for the game. The Hawks controlled the glass as well, holding a decisive 48-26 advantage in rebounding.
Shira Shecht talled 13 points on 5-6 shooting and nine rebounds for Monmouth, while Mia Hopkins added 13 (6-8 shooting) of the Hawks' 32 bench points.
Meghan Donohue contributed 12 points on 5-7 shooting for the Saints which have lost three straight.
The Saints take to the road for their next three games, first facing Fairfield Thursday night at 6 p.m. in Bridgeport, Conn. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.