ALBANY, N.Y. - After seven straight defeats against their conference rivals from Jersey City, Siena finally figured out Saint Peter's. Buoyed by a solid all-around the team effort, the Saints controlled the game and defeated the Peahens 65-52 Monday evening at Times Union Center, earning their first win over Saint Peter's in five years.
More importantly, Siena (8-10, 6-2) bounced back in impressive fashion following back-to-back conference defeats, holding their spot in third place in the conference standings. Four Saints scored in double figures and Siena shot 43.6% from the field as the Green and Gold posted its second highest scoring game of the season.
The unlikely offensive hero was senior guard Missy Ramsey who scored 10 of her career-high 11 points in the first half and served as the catalyst for the Saints during a game-changing 15-0 first half run.
The teams had exchanged 7-0 runs early, the latter giving Saint Peter's (3-16, 3-5) a 13-8 advantage at the 10:22 mark. It would mark the Peahens last field goal of the half and final lead of the game as the Saints responded with the aforementioned spurt and took a 29-19 lead into the lockerroom.
The Peahens would get as close as five, 37-32 at the 12:34 mark of the second half, but the Saints would let them get no closer. With a chance to make it a one possession game, freshman Kanika Cummings stole the ball and drove the length of the court for the basket and foul. She completed the three-point play to put Siena back up by eight and the Saints would never look back.
The turnover was one of 19 costly miscues by Saint Peter's that led to 22 Siena points, none bigger than the three put in by Cummings.
Serena Moore had one of her best all-around performances of the year. She scored a game-high 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds, four steals, three assists and three blocks in picking up her second straight double-double and sixth on the season.
Moore carved out space in the lane all night long, leading Siena to a 38-18 advantage in the paint. Cristina Centeno and Maja Gerlyng also reached double figures with 11 points apiece.
Jynae Judson led Saint Peter's with 16 points albeit on just 4-for-13 shooting and reigning MAAC Rookie of the Week Teresa Manigrasso was limited to just eight points on 3-for-12 shooting.
The victory was Siena's first over Saint Peter's since a 66-60 triumph on Dec. 10, 2006 at the ARC and was their first ever victory in six matchups with the Peahens here in Albany.
Siena returns to action Friday night when they host Iona at the ARC and go for the season sweep of the Gaels. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.