Senior Hot Hand Leads Siena To A 56-46 Win Over Manhattan

Jan. 16, 2005

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Loudonville, NY--The Saints women's basketball team, used solid defense and 17 points from Lauren Surber to get past Manhattan, 56-46, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Sunday afternoon in the Alumni Recreational Center.

Siena (6-9, 3-3 MAAC) held Manhattan (7-8, 3-3 MAAC) to just 33.3 percent shooting from the floor in the game and forced 14 turnovers that led to 11 Saints' points.

The Jaspers jumped out to an early 6-2 before enduring a 10-minute deficiency before Siena used a 5-0 run to take the lead and never look back. The Saints took the lead, 7-6, on a Surber half-court shot with 15:05. The Saints ended the break connecting on four straight three-pointers; Manhattan then got as close as two, 12-10, before Siena led 29-16 at the break.

The Saints then led by double digits early the second half before Manhattan cut the lead down to nine with 5:16 left to play. Siena then used a 6-2 run to pull away for good.

Surber scored nine of her career-high 17 points in the second half, a half that saw Siena shoot 41.4 percent from the floor. Junior guard Michelle Blot finished the game with 15 points and four rebounds, while Laura Menty added nine points and Whitney Cave had six points and a game high 10 rebounds.

Serra Sanger led the Jaspers with 14 points, while Donnette Reed added 10 points.

Siena dominated the boards 21-13 in the first half, and finished the game with a 36-35 advantage, led by Cave 10 boards.

The Saints look to extend their winning streak on Thursday as they travel to Iona on Thursday. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.