Jan. 19, 2004
Nathalie Marchino scored a team-high 16 points to help lift Siena College to a 65-55 win over Marist College this afternoon at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. With the win the Saints improved to 10-7 overall and 6-2 in the MAAC while the Red Foxes fell to 8-7 on the season and 4-2 in league play with the setback.
Marist kicked-off the scoring in the first and never trailed throughout the opening 20 minutes of play as they took a 31-24 lead into halftime.
After the Red Foxes gained a five-point advantage over the first six minutes of play, a Jolene Johnston foul shot put the Saints just one bucket behind the Red Foxes at the 13:16 mark. That was as close that Siena would get to Marist in first half.
The Red Foxes built up their biggest lead of the half at seven points with a little over 10 minutes to play on a jumper by Maureen Magarity. Back to back three-pointers by Michelle Blot and Katelyn Dooley pulled the Saints to within three, but Marist answered with a trey of their own to fight off the Siena strike while managing to maintain their lead over the Green and Gold. Another three-pointer, this time by Lauren Surber some four minutes later ,again brought the Saints to within three, but Marist answered right back and managed to hold Siena scoreless while knocking down four points of their own to regain their seven-point advantage by the half's end.
Marist built up their lead to nine points to open up the second half and it wasn't until around the six-minute mark that the Saints made their run at the game. Liene Jansone sank both of her free throws to give the Saints the tying and go-ahead point with 6:22 left to play. From then on it was all Green and Gold as Siena built up an 11-point lead over the next four minutes. Marchino sank her second three-pointer of the game at 2:18, giving the Saints the 62-51 advantage. The Green and Gold held on for the 65-55 victory.
Four different Saints scored in double figures with Marchino leading the way. Jolene Johnston was not far behind with 15 points and a near double-double as she pulled down nine rebounds as well. Liene Jansone (11 points) and Lauren Surber (10 points) also managed double digits.
Stephanie Del Preore led all scorers with 20 points and Maureen Magarity chipped in a game second-best 18.
The Saints will next head to Buffalo, N.Y. this weekend for match-ups against Canisius and Niagara.