NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Twenty-two points would be the difference in a Siena Women's Basketball 70-48 rout of Iona on Saturday afternoon. Nine separate Saints would score in the victory over the Gaels.
Senior guard Kollyns Scarbrough led Siena (9-10, 4-4) with 23 points in 23 minutes played. Freshman forward Marilena Gerostergiou came off the bench and knocked down a career-high 11 points while going three-for-three from the charity stripe. Sabrina Piper also added 12 points off the bench.
Iona (0-18, 0-7) was led by Alexis Lewis who came off the bench and tallied a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Treyanna Clay added 12 points for the Gaels while going six-for-eight from the field.
While both teams starting slow, Iona led 8-3 lead with just over six minutes remaining in the opening frame. The Green and Gold then held Iona scoreless for the remainder of the quarter going on a 10-0 run of their own to lead 13-8. The eight points allowed by Siena in the first quarter is the least points scored by an opponent in the opening quarter this season.
For just the second time this season and first since UAlbany on December 9, Siena scored 20 points in the second quarter. The Saints were able to hold a 33-24 lead following the Gaels shooting 62-percent from the field.
Siena continued to battle and behind a 22-point quarter the Saints led 55-38 after three, the most points scored in the third quarter since the season opener at Penn State. The Saints were bolstered by 64-percent shooting, including a six-minute span where Siena went six-for-six from the field.
Iona hoped to make a comeback looking to Lewis, who had scored eight of Iona's 14 points in the third quarter. She added seven points in the final frame for 15 of her 21 points coming in the second half. Iona started off holding just a slight 10-9 lead in the frame, but in the final 5:18, the Gaels would be held scoreless and finish the game with the least amount of points allowed by any Siena opponent this season. Siena tallied their seventh 70-point performance to rout Iona for the fourth time in five games and win 70-48.
Siena has a quick turnaround as they head back to the Alumni Recreation Center to host Fairfield on Monday, January 22. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.