Jan. 31, 2011
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.- Marist looked every bit the part of a five-time defending MAAC Champion Monday night as Siena couldn't maintain its early momentum and fell 60-30 at the McCann Center. The Saints lost for the fourth time in five games while Marist ran the nation's third longest active winning streak to 15 games.
After a promising first few minutes, Siena's (8-12, 6-4) offense once again sputtered. Marist (19-2, 10-0) held Siena to just 30 points, an all-time program low for the Saints during the Division I era.
The Saints took an early 9-4 lead at the 14:35 mark with Cathy Cockrum and Serena Moore scoring all nine points. But Siena's shooting woes continued as the Saints made just one field goal over a nine minute span immediately thereafter and fell behind by 10 points at the half, 27-17.
Siena's defense kept them close early on, forcing Marist into an uncharacteristic eight first half turnovers. The Red Foxes entered the game with the fewest turnovers in the nation, averaging just 10.9 per game.
But Siena could not capitalize on the offensive end and in the second half the MAAC's top scoring offense came to life. Marist went on a 19-0 run early in the stanza and shot 50% from the floor to pull away. Meanwhile, Siena shot just 15.6% (5-for-32) over the final 20 minutes and scored just four points in the first 12:36 of the half as the game quickly slipped away.
No Saints reached double figures, but Serena Moore narrowly missed a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds as Siena fell for the 13th straight time to the Red Foxes.
Marist, which is receiving strong top-25 consideration in both polls, spread around its scoring as 12 different players scored led by sophomore Kate Oliver's double-double effort with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Oliver led a tough Red Foxes' front line that out-scored Siena 32-8 in the paint.
Siena returns home Friday night for a men's and women's doubleheader at Times Union Center. The Saints host Manhattan in a 5 p.m. tip.