Jan. 18, 2014
HAMDEN, CONN. - Quinnipiac ended the game on a 21-4 run, defeating Siena Women's Basketball 70-49 in the first-ever meeting between the new MAAC foes at the TD Bank Sports Center. Tehresa Coles and Kanika Cummings led the Saints with 10 points apiece.
In what was a tight affair for the first 33 minutes, Siena (6-11, 1-7) pulled within 49-45 of Quinnipiac (11-8, 6-3) with 6:47 to go. But the Saints would ultimately miss their next 13 shots as the Bobcats rattled off the next 17 points to put it away.
Samantha Guastella scored a career-high 22 points, shooting 6-11 from three-point range for Quinnipiac and tied a career-high with 13 rebounds. She bookended a 10-0 second half Bobcats' run with a pair of threes that put Quinnipiac on top of good, 49-41 with 8:38 to go.
Quinnipiac led 28-24 at the half as the Saints were plagued by 13 first half fouls. But Siena battled back after the break and ultimately took their final lead 41-39 on a Kelsey Booth three with 11:35 to play. The teams exchanged the lead 10 times in the game.
Freshman Meghan Donohue added seven points and six rebounds and classmate Emia Willingham contributed six points and three steals for the Saints which have lost five in a row.
Guastella was one of four Bobcats in double figures along with frontcourt mate Brittany McQuain who poured in 13 points on 6-9 shooting. Quinnipiac dished out 20 assists on their 23 field goals including nine helpers from point guard Gillian Abshire who added 10 points.
Siena concludes its three-game road trip Friday night at Rider at 7 p.m.