Jan. 16, 2004
Three Saints scored in double figures as Siena defeated Manhattan College 70-58 tonight at Draddy Gymnasium in Riverdale, N.Y. With the win the Saints improved to 9-7 overall and 5-2 in MAAC play while the Jaspers fell to an even 7-7 on the season and 3-3 in the league.
The Saints got off to a slow start in the first, scoring just two points in the opening eight minutes of play. It wasn't until the eleven-minute mark that Siena began their scoring surge. After a 10-4 Jasper lead, the Green and Gold worked towards closing the gap, pulling to within three with nine minutes to go on a jumper by Jolene Johnston that followed a three-pointer by Liene Jansone. However, a three-pointer a minute later by Manhattan's Nikoletta Deutsch quickly gave the Jaspers their six-point advantage back.
The Saints made yet another run at the Jaspers, this time cutting their lead to just one on a jumper by Nathalie Marchino around the five-minute mark. Seconds later, Johnston gave Siena their first lead of the game at 22-21 on a pair of free throws. With the game tied at 29 and just 1:25 remaining, the Saints held Manhattan scoreless while putting away two buckets for a 33-29 halftime lead.
Back to back three's by Jansone and Katelyn Dooley gave the Saints their biggest lead of the game at nine points and a score of 46-37 some six minutes into the second half. The Green and Gold managed to maintain their lead for the next several minutes before the Jaspers mounted an attempt at a comeback around the nine-minute mark, closing to within five of Siena with 7:48 left on the clock.
The Jaspers continued to chip away at Siena's lead as they trailed by just three with five minutes to go in the game. Still trailing at the two-minute mark, Manhattan was forced to foul and the Saints sank 11 of 11 free throws down the stretch to secure the 70 to 58 victory.
Siena had three players reach double figures as Liene Jansone
led the Saints scoring 19 and Nathlie Marchino and Jolene Johnston
each tallied 17 a piece. The Saints shot 51.1 percent from the floor compared to just 43.9 percent for Manhattan and outrebounded the Jaspers 32-24.
Manhattan also saw three players hit the double digits with Rosalee Mason scoring a game-high 24 points in the loss. Serra Sanger and Donette Reed chipped in with 10 points each.
Siena will return to action at home at the Pepsi Arena on Monday, January 19th as part of a MAAC tripleheader that includes match ups between the Marist and St. Peter's men's teams and the Siena men and Iona. Tip-off for the women is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.