LOUDONVILLE, NY - Four players scored in double figures as Siena Women's Basketball cruised past Canisius 67-42 to take their fifth straight victory. The 42 points allowed by the Saints are the fewest since Dec. 21, 2013 when Siena defeated Binghamton 49-41.
For the fifth straight contest, sophomore guard Jackie Benitez led the Saints (8-12, 7-4 MAAC) with a game-high 15 points, eight of her 15 points were scored in the third quarter. Freshman guard, Sabrina Piper exploded for a career-high 13 points off of 62.5-percent shooting. The 25-point victory ties Siena's largest margin of victory this season.
Coming off the bench for Canisius (6-14, 5-6 MAAC) Maria Welch scored a team-high 13 points as she went six-for-six from the charity stripe. Sara Hinriksdottir, Margret Halfdanardottir and Lauren D'Hont, who are averaging in double figures for the Golden Griffs all scored just seven points a piece.
Canisius began the contest with a 4-0 advantage which would be their largest lead of the game. Siena struck back and led 15-14 at the end of the quarter. The Golden Griffs got one more lead to begin the second quarter, but it was all Siena from there. The Saints erupted and shot 53.3-percent from the field in the second quarter to take a demanding 33-22 lead at the half. Siena had forced Canisius to turn the ball over 17 times which the Saints had turned in 17 points. The Golden Griffs eight points scored tied the fewest points allowed in the second quarter this season.
Looking for their fifth straight win Siena opened the third quarter on an 18-2 run to take a 27-point lead, 51-24, their largest of the game causing four turnovers in that span. The Saints continued to stay hot and had caused the Golden Griffs to turn the ball over 24 times by the end of the third quarter, which was their most turnovers this season.
Siena could not be stopped as they outscored Canisius 12-9 in the final stanza to take a demanding 67-42 victory. The Saints shot 44.3-percent on the game to take their fifth straight win and their fifth straight over Canisius.
This was the fourth time this season four Siena players had scored in double figures. Meghan Donohue recorded 12 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Kollyns Scarbrough tallied 12 points on six-for-eight (.750) shooting. The Saints won on the board 34-24. Siena scored 40 of their points in the paint, while 29 came off of turnovers. Siena is now 28-9 (.757) all-time at the Alumni Recreation Center against the Golden Griffs.
The Saints head down to West Long Branch, New Jersey to face Monmouth on Saturday, Jan. 28. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.