Jan. 21, 2005
New Rochelle, NY--For 35 minutes, it was anybody's game. However, sophomore guard Katelyn Dooley both career best 21 points and eight assists led to visiting Siena leaving town with the 80-63 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Iona College on Thursday evening at the Malcahy Center.
The Gaels (3-13, 1-6 MAAC) erased an 11-point first half deficit with a 16-2 run over 5:12 seconds and went up by six with less than a minute remaining after an Abele jumper made the score 31-25. The Saints (7-9, 4-3 MAAC) cut Iona's lead in half heading into the intermission, 31-28.
Siena quickly tied the score and regained the lead early in the first half. The visitors went up by five points at the 15:08 mark on a Dooley three pointer. Iona came back again, tying the score at 40 a piece at 14:43. Tiara Headen hit a lay-up to knot the score at 45 with 11:44 to go. The Saints then ran away with the game, going on a 20-3 run over the next 5:31 and never looked back.
Melissa Yeagley capped an Iona rally with a 3-pointer with 4:58 to go, pulling within 12 -points. Siena countered with pressure defense countered with a three-pointer by Michelle Blot building a 15-point lead. Following a Naimah Abdullah bucket to make it 70-53 at the 3:58 mark, Gaels Lauren DeFalco nailed a 3-pointer to make it a 14-point contest. From that point on, Iona never got any closer than 13 points.
Fueling Siena's second-half surge was its 17-of-25 performance (68.0 percent) from the field and its 14-of-16 shooting (87.5 percent) from the foul line.
Junior Whitney Cave claimed her third double double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Laura Menty netted 11. While Blot poured in 15 points and four rebounds. Guard Talaya Wilkins finished with an all around career night chipping in seven points, six rebounds in 21 minutes of play. Senior tri-captain Lauren Surber continued her surging play with nine points and eight boards.
Siena's final 10 points came from the charity stripe with 3:19 left to play; while the Gaels remained scoreless for the remaining 1:48. For the Iona, Meg Abele scored a game-high 24 points and four assists.
Siena has a mini-two game home stand against Canisius on Saturday at 3 p.m. and then on Friday the Saints welcome Loyola College in a televised Time Warner Cable Channel 3 contest.