ALBANY, NY - After forcing Marist to 21 turnovers, their most since November 30, Siena Women's Basketball came away with a 58-53 victory at the Times Union Center on Thursday evening. The Saints have now won four of their last six doubleheaders played at the Times Union Center.
Siena (8-10, 3-4) was led by Sabrina Piper who knocked down 14 points off the bench as she went 3-4 (.750) from behind the arc. Kollyns Scarbrough notched her sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, nine of her points came from the free-throw line. Joella Gibson tallied a new season-high with 10 points.
Rebekah Hand led Marist (8-10, 4-2) with 17 points and eight rebounds. Willow Duffell was one rebound shy of a double-double as she recorded 13 points. Alana Gilmer tallied 12 points for the Red Foxes.
The game started with a lot of back-and-forth action with a quarter that would hold three ties and one lead change. The Saints went on a 5-0 run to take an early 17-9 lead, but the Red Foxes responded with a 5-0 run of their own to cut Siena's lead, 17-14. With four seconds left Gibson hit one of her eight free throws made to push the Saints ahead to an 18-14 lead after one quarter played.
Marist began the second quarter on a 5-2 lead and trailed Siena by just one 20-19. The Red Foxes then took their final lead, but the Saints came right back and beginning with a Marilena Gerosteriou layup that began Siena's 5-0 run to lead 27-23. The Saints would be outscored 11-9 in the frame but would hold onto a 27-25 lead at the half.
The Saints never let up the lead and following two tie games by the Red Foxes it would be all Siena the rest of the way. After Gilmer tied it up 29-29, the Saints would go on a 12-4 run and lead 41-33 after three quarters played. The Red Foxes eight points scored in the frame was tied for the fewest points scored in a quarter for Marist, which was last matched on November 25 against USC. The eight points were also the fewest points in the second third quarter allowed by Siena.
The charity stripe would be the key factor for the Saints in the final frame as they made 12 points off the free throw line in the fourth quarter alone, with Gibson making six of the 12. The Saints had their largest lead of the game, 48-36, with just under six minutes to play but Marist turned the engines on. The Red Foxes went on a 10-2 to cut the Saints lead to just four, 50-46. In the final 2:43 of play, the Saints would outscore Marist just 8-7 but take the victory 58-53 to take the third win in four games against the Red Foxes.
Siena's 24 free-throws made were the most of the season, while Marist's five free-throws made tied a season-low for any opponent.
Siena has a quick turnaround as they head to New Rochelle, New York to take on Iona on Saturday, January 20. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.