BUFFALO, NY - Canisius snapped a six-game winning streak Siena Women's Basketball held against the Golden Griffs when Siena fell 65-57 on Saturday afternoon. Canisius had three scorers in double figures as they defeated the Saints.
Senior guard Kollyns Scarbrough exploded for her fourth double-double of the season with a season-high 32 points, her third 30-plus point performance of her career and a career-high 14 rebounds. Maddie Sims and Sabrina Piper added six points each for the Saints (7-9, 2-3). Canisius (4-14, 2-4) was led by Danielle Sanderlin who tallied 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Sara Hinriksdottir and Tiana Pugh added 14 and 15 points, respectively.
After heading into the fourth quarter down 43-32, Scarbrough started off the final frame with five points coming off her third trey, a career-high, a steal and a three-point play to put the Saints down 43-38. Down the stretch in a 20 second span, the Saints went on an 8-0 run to trail the Golden Griffins by just three, 59-56. In the final 20 seconds of the game, Canisius made six free throws to take the game 65-57, keeping with tradition that nine of the last 10 meetings have been decided by 11 points or less.
Canisius ended the third quarter on a 12-2 run which pushed them ahead 43-32. The Saints had cut the lead to just one point, 31-30, following an 8-0 run and four minutes which they held the Golden Griffins scoreless. Siena kept the score close, but were never able to catch Canisius, who shot 50% (7-14) in the third quarter, their 13th quarter this season where they would shoot .500.
Canisius buoyed by a 50% shooting frame (7-14) pushed ahead in the second frame. The Golden Griffins started the frame on a 15-0 run and held the Saints scoreless until 57 seconds left. The Saints scored the next five points, but trailed 25-18 at the half. The five points scored tied a season-low in points scored in a quarter.
The game started off with back and forth action between the league foes and following a three-point play, the Saints led 13-9. After the first frame Siena led 13-10, holding Canisius to the fewest points allowed in the first quarter, which was matched back on November 15 when the Saints played Harvard.
Siena will finish the Western New York swing on Monday, January 15 when they take on Niagara in Niagara University, New York. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.