Jan. 29, 2010
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. -
Serena Moore scored a career-high 27 points but Siena ran out of time and Niagara escaped with a 65-63 overtime win. Siena ended the second half with a 9-0 run to force the extra period and almost came back once more.
With Siena down four points, Allie Lindemann was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer with two seconds left in overtime. She made the first two before intentionally missing the third attempt perfectly to Moore's side. Moore grabbed the rebound and was unable to get a shot off amid a swarm of defenders under the hoop.
Siena players, coaches and fans roared as Moore drew contact under the hoop, thinking she would go to the free throw line with a chance to force double overtime. But no foul was called.
It seemed Ali Morris' two free throws provided the dagger with 16 seconds left as they made it a six point game. But Lindemann drilled a 3-pointer the next time down the court and then Siena fouled Kayla Stroman who went to the line to shoot two. She only made 1-of-2 and Siena got the ball back to Lindemann who fired up another 3-pointer as Meghan Waterman fouled her.
Lindemann finished with 11 points.
Siena had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation. Morris turned the ball over and Siena regained possession with 16 seconds. They held for the final shot and created an open look for Sarah Fullmer at the top of the paint. But her jumper rimmed out and the game went to overtime.
Moore finished with a career-high 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line. She had nine rebounds.
The topsy-turvy game featured 10 ties and 16 lead changes and fittingly needed overtime to decide the outcome. Niagara led 52-43, the largest lead of the game, with 3:38 remaining in regulation. But Siena scored on four straight possessions to erase the deficit and force overtime.
Niagara snapped a seven-game losing streak against Siena.
The Saints conclude their western New York trip when they play Canisius on Sunday. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.