LOUDONVILLE, NY - Aaliyah Jones, Kollyns Scarbrough and Maddie Sims combined to score 49 points and Siena Women's Basketball held off a late Manhattan rally to defeat the Jaspers 56-51 at the Alumni Recreation Center. Jones led the way with a career-high 21 points and four steals for the Saints which won their fourth straight.
Scarbrough scored 17 points and added eight rebounds on her bobblehead night for Siena (11-10, 6-4), which led throughout and by as many as 16 points midway through the third quarter. Sims stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and three blocks for the Saints which won its fifth straight contest against the Manhattan (7-12, 4-4) at the ARC.
Kayla Grimme scored 14 of her team-high 16 points in the second half for Manhattan, which rallied back within as close as three points with 2:30 remaining. Grimme added eight rebounds and five of the Jaspers nine blocks, in the process becoming Manhattan's career leader in rejections.
Manhattan used a 12-2 run in the final frame to cut the deficit to just five, 52-47. The Jaspers would continue to battle with Siena and following two free throws by Gabby Cajou, who came off the bench and knocked down 10 points, the Jaspers would trail the Saints by just three, 54-51 with 2:30 to play. Siena would hold Manhattan scoreless and two buckets from the charity stripe by Jones sealed the Saints victory.
The Saints held the Jaspers to just four field goals in the third quarter, as Siena went on a 7-0 run to begin the frame. Coming out of the media timeout, Manhattan hit three of their four field goals to cut the Saints lead to just 10, 41-31. The Saints held on as Jones ended the frame with two free-throws to put Siena up 46-33.
Both Siena and Manhattan shot 50% in the second quarter with the Saints outscoring the Jaspers 17-15. Aaliyah Jones hit both three's in the game in the frame to help Siena start the quarter on an 8-2 run and help them lead 32-23 at the half. Siena started the game on an 11-0 run and caused five Jasper turnovers in that run. The Saints led 15-8 after one quarter played, which tied for the fewest points allowed by an opponent in the first quarter.
The Saints held Manhattan, who was shooting .310 from behind the arc before entering the game, to just two-of-15 (.133) on the game. Siena shot 75% from the free-throw line after going nine-for-12, which stands as the fourth straight game shooting 75-percent or better from the charity stripe.
Siena heads out on the road to take on Saint Peter's on Thursday, February 1. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.