Jan. 28, 2005
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -Freshman Laura Menty recorded her third double-double finishing with game-highs 19 points and 10 rebounds to edge out Loyola College 70-58 in front of a boisterous MAAC Gives Back ecstatic crowd on Friday evening at the ARC. With the win, Siena improves to 9-9 (6-3) while Loyola falls to 7-11, 6-3.
Menty was a powerful force on the glass and down low on the block where she did the majority of her scoring to finish with a career high four steals. Senior tri-captain Lauren Surber also added 18 points, four assists, and a career high five steals. Katelyn Dooley rounded out the double digit scoring with 10 points.
In the second half the Saints started right where they left off forcing eight turnovers, pushing the Greyhounds to commit 24 for the game and getting 25 easy transition points. Junior Whitney Cave scored Siena's first four points, tallying six points and eight rebounds for the game.
The Greyhounds cut into Siena's ten-point lead early with their full court pressure. At the 16:28 mark, the score was 38-35, but a trio effort from the Saints added clutch shots in the next few possessions to extend their lead 48-37.
Siena trailed through out the first half, but rallied at the end with great defensive play that left Loyola rattled and down 33-23. Once the Saints got the lead; they never looked back, extending the lead by fifteen, 55-40, but Loyola continued to press throughout the final minutes clawing their way back to within seven with a three pointer by Lauren Troupe with under two minutes of play. Troupe led the Greyhounds with 15 points and seven rebounds in 32 minutes of action, while teammate Krystle Harrington poured in 10 points.
The green and gold held a staggering 31-29 rebounding advantage and snatched 14 steals from the Greyhounds. More impressively, each of Siena's players tallied a point in tonight's victory.
In honor of the MAAC Gives Back game, proceeds will be donated to the Capital Region Awareness Against Breast Cancer in special memory of Professor Pat Brown.
Next up for the Saints, they travel to Manhattan to take on the Lady Jaspers in a 2 p.m. tip-off.