Surging Saints Defeats St. Peter's, 63-53 in MAAC Play
Jan. 14, 2005
Jersey City, NJ--Four Saints scored in double digits over St. Peter's College in women's hoops in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match-up at the Yanitelli Center Friday evening where the Saints pulled away with a 63-53 win.
With the win, Siena improves 5-9 overall and 2-3 in league play. The Saints got two double-doubles, as junior Whitney Cave notched 14 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds and senior guard Lauren Surber scored 12 points and pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds. Michelle Blot, another guard, picked up 10 points and seven caroms.
In overtime, the Saints out-scored the Peahens 12-2 led by sophomore Katelyn Dooley who scored four of her game-high 16 points in the last 1:23 of overtime play. Dooley hit a jump shot that extended Siena's lead from 55-53 to 57-53. Dooley's basket opened the final spurt for Siena, as the Saints closed out with the game's last eight points, holding the Peahens to only two points of extended play.
The Saints had a 10-point lead with 14 minutes left in the game, but St. Peter's went on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 45-45 with 6:43 remaining; over the next four minutes, both teams traded baskets until the final minutes when Siena finally got back on the board on Surber's lay-up with 5:31 left. After that, each team led by two and there were two ties, the second coming when Surber's jump shot made it 51-51 with 2:33 left in regulation. There was no more scoring in the second half, as Siena missed its last four shots and the Peahens fell flat on their last three shots, including a miss by Tyonna Vance at the buzzer.
The Saints, who never trailed in overtime, went up, 55-51 on their next possession before Tiffany Jones finally got the Peahens back in the scoring column on a pair of free throws with 1:44 left. Those were the only points of the overtime for Saint Peter's, which shot 0-for-8 from the field, including 0-for-4 on three-pointers in the extra five minutes.
The first half belonged to the Saints as they raced to a 33-27 advantage at the break. Siena was hot in the first 20 minutes, hitting 42 percent of its shots, off setting St. Peter's run to start the game. The Peahens were hitting 50 percent of their shots in the first six minutes of the game, but could do no better than getting within three points as play went on. The Saints beat the Peahens on the block, claiming a blistering 22-11 edge on the boards with 10 off the offensive glass led by Cave with four. More impressively, the Saints recorded five blocks and did not put St. Peter's to the charity stripe while forcing the Peahens to commit seven turnovers.
Siena held junior Khalisha Lewis to six points, while teammate Jones poured in 13 points for the Peahens.
On Sunday the Saints welcome the Jaspers on Sunday at 3 p.m. The first 1500 fans in door will receive a Siena signature hat.