Feb. 1, 2009
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena went 4 minutes and 45 seconds without a point but their defense held off the Manhattan Jaspers 58-53 Sunday afternoon at UHY Court in Loudonville. The Saints allowed just six points in the final 4 ½ minutes to preserve the lead and stay in fourth place in the MAAC standings. Junior guard Allie Lindemann scored 18 points with none more important than her two clinching free throws with eight seconds left.
Siena (8-12, 7-4) led from start to finish but it was never comfortable. Senior forward Heather Stec led the charge early on with seven points in the first six minutes. Lindemann was perfect from the field in the first half, hitting all four of her shots (three from 3-point range).
Manhattan (6-16, 3-8) stayed close with balanced scoring. Nine players scored in the first half, none with more than six points.
Siena took a 34-28 lead into halftime on 54.2% from the field. Manhattan shot 40%. Kelly Regan carried the Jaspers in the second half, scoring 14 of the team's 25 points. She finished with 20.
The Saints took their largest lead of the game when Lindemann drilled a 3 with 5:13 left in the game. It would be Siena's last field goal of the game. On the next possession, Regan sprawled to the floor and shoveled a loose ball to Alyssa Herrington. Herrington threw a cross-court pass to Annie McIntyre who hit a deep 3 with the shot clock expiring.
Manhattan shot just 1-of-8 after that basket. Their lone field goal came from Regan which made it a 54-53 game with 34 seconds left. But Stec made two free throws with 25 seconds left and Lindemann's free throws with eight ticks to go sealed the game.
The Saints won both games against Manhattan this season, the first time they've accomplished that since 2003-04.
Siena returns to action Friday when they play Loyola in Loudonville. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.