Jan. 18, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Senior forward Laura Menty equaled a career-high 28 points to lead the Siena women's basketball team to a 67-57 victory over league rival Loyola this evening in Baltimore. Fellow forward Heather Stec tallied her second straight double-double performance with 15 points and 14 rebounds and marked the fourth of her career. With the win, the Saints snap a two game losing streak and earn its first road victory of 2008.
"This was a great road win," explained head coach Gina Castelli. "Our post play was outstanding tonight. Laura and Heather gave us a great inside scoring presence. All around we did an excellent job defensively in the second half which really contributed to this win."
Despite an early setback the Saints finished the first half strong on both ends of the court. Siena's stellar defensive efforts held the Greyhounds to just one field goal over the last four minutes. In turn, the Saints rallied for a 10-2 run cutting its halftime deficit to 33-31.
Menty's efficient shooting kept the Saints within striking distance. She was responsible for 12 of the first 19 points. Menty finished the first half with 15 points going 6-9 from the field.
The Saints continued its scoring surge in the early minutes of the second half taking a 39-36 advantage at the 15:51 mark courtesy of back-to-back Menty lay-ups. The buckets capped off an 18-5 run. Menty and Stec combined for Siena's first 20 points of the second stanza.
Siena held a single digit lead for the majority of the second half. At the 2:03 mark, senior tri-captain Melissa Manzer delivered the dagger knocking down her second 3-pointer of the game to give Siena a comfortable seven point advantage. The Saints connected on its free-throws down the stretch to secure its double-digit victory.
Menty missed just five shots on the evening going 12-16 from the field and 4-5 from the charity stripe. Stec was nearly as efficient shooting 6-11 from the field over 32 minutes of action.
Junior guard Shondaya Burrell delivered a solid all-around performance finishing with eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals.
The Saints shot a stellar 48.1% (26-54) from the floor and 75% (12-16) from the line. Siena outrebounded the Greyhounds 41-32.
Siena improves to 6-10 overall and 2-4 in the MAAC. The Saints return to action on Monday for its first meeting of the season with Niagara. Tip off is slated for 4 p.m. at the Times Union Center.