Saints Fall Short Against Saint Peter's

Jan. 20, 2003

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Layla Willis had a team-high 17 points to lead her team to a 64-60 win over Siena in a MAAC match-up at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. With the loss, the Saints fall to 11-5 overall and 4-2 in the league while the Peahens improve to 8-8 on the season and 5-2 in the MAAC.

After a 6-6 tie at the 17:08 mark, Saint Peter's took the lead for good in the first half on a free throw by Kristen Hood. The Peahens went up by as many as eleven points and never let the Saints get any closer than six points as Siena made several attempts to cut the Peahen lead. The Saints pulled to within seven with 45 seconds remaining in the first, but Layla Willis hit a buzzer shot to send Saint Peter's into the lockeroom with a 30-20 advantage.

The Peahens opened up the second half increasing their lead to 15 points. Siena again made several attempts to cut the lead, finally closing in to within three points on a three pointer by Michelle Blot with 4:38 remaining in the game. For the next four minutes the two teams traded baskets. Liene Jansone hit a three pointer with 3 seconds remaining cutting the Peahen lead to just two points, but Willis hit both of the subsequent foul shots and time ran out on the Saints as Saint Peter's took the 64-60 victory.

Both teams were plagued by turnovers and neither team managed to shoot over 35 percent from the floor. The Saints recorded 21 turnovers, 15 of which came in the first half, and made only 31.7 percent of their shots. Saint Peter's had 18 turnovers and finished shooting 32.7 percent from the floor.

Erica Anderson led all scorers with 18 points, including four three pointers. Gunta Basko and Liene Jansone also managed double figures scoring 13 points apiece. Basko recorded her third-straight double double as she also pulled in 12 rebounds.



Two Peahens recorded double figures with Willis leading the way with 17 points. Lindsay Gonzalez had 12 points for Saint Peter's.

Siena returns to conference action this Friday, January 24 when they host Niagara. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.