NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY - Niagara slipped past Siena Women’s Basketball 65-50 on Monday afternoon. The Purple Eagles took both regular season matchups against the Saints.
Siena (7-10, 2-4) was led by senior guard Kollyns Scarbrough who notched her fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Candela Hermida came off the bench and drained eight point, while recording one assist.
Kaylee Stroemple led all scorers with 20 points, while dishing out four assists and grabbing six rebounds. Jai Moore tallied 15 points, while Victoria Rampado and Maggie McIntyre added 14 and 13 points respectively.
Siena started the game off on a 5-0 run, including a three-point play by Scarbrough. Niagara came right back, while both teams battled. Jones put the Saints ahead for their final time of the game with a three-point play to put Siena up 10-8. The Purple Eagles pulled ahead on 50% shooting (6-12) from the field to lead 14-12 after one quarter played.
The second quarter mirrored the first with both teams battling back and forth. Siena brought it within two, 20-18 with a layup by Sims, but the Purple Eagles would then hold the Saints without a field goal for over four minutes of the frame. Siena would begin a comeback and trailed 28-21 at the half.
Niagara came into the third frame on a 9-2 run and took their largest lead of the game, 39-23. Hermida entered the game in the third quarter and dropped all eight of her points, her first collegiate baskets, in the frame. Hermida’s second trey with 13 seconds left brought the score within eight, 43-35, but McIntyre hit a jumper at the buzzer to push Niagara ahead by 10, 45-35.
Siena put out a solid effort in the final 10 minutes bringing the game within nine points on two separate occasions, but six of Rampado’s 14 points and eight of Stroemple’s 20 came in the final frame. While the Saints shot a game-best 41.2-percent (7-17) in the frame, it was not enough as the Purple Eagles shot 66.7-percent (8-12).
The Saints return back to the Capital Region to host Marist in their fourth and final doubleheader with the Siena men at the Times Union Center on Thursday, January 18. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.