Jan. 30, 2004
It was a breakthrough day as three Siena players established career highs en route to a 76-58 victory over Fairfield University at the Alumni Recreation Center tonight. With the win the Saints improved to 11-9 overall and 7-4 in the MAAC while the Stags fell to 6-14 on the season and 4-6 in league play.
Fairfield jumped out to an early 11-2 lead in the first four minutes of play before Siena exploded on a 12-0 run that gave them a 14-11 advantage at the 10:15 mark. The Saints led by no more than three over the next five minutes of play as Fairfield s pulled to within one of Siena on four occasions, courtesy of eight-straight points by Ivana Podrug, before knotting the game at 21 a piece on Podrug jumper with five minutes to go. Siena outscored Fairfield in the remaining minutes of the first half and took a their biggest lead of the game and a 31-25 advantage into the locker room.
The Saints opened up the second half by pushing their lead to 18 in the first six minutes of play and never looked back. The Stags would not get any closer than twelve points as Siena cruised to their eventual 76-58 victory.
The Saints, who were playing without their leading scorer Liene Jansone, had four players score in double figures with Jolene Johnston leading the way with 18 points while adding a career-high six assists. Michelle Blot, who tallied a career-high 16 points in the victory, nearly posted a double double as she pulled down nine boards as well. Nathalie Marchino and Lauren Surber also hit the double figure mark with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Surber's 10 points tied a career high and her seven rebounds matched a season high.
Podrug poured in a game-high 22 points for Fairfield while Milica Miljkovic chipped in with 10.
The Saints will next host Iona College on Wednesday, February 4th. Game-time is scheduled for 7pm.