Feb. 2, 2002
Siena junior forward Gunta Basko (Olaine, Latvia) scored a team-best 22 points and pulled down 16 rebounds and collected a team-best four blocks to help lead the visiting Siena Saints to an 87-81 win over Canisius College on "Take a Kid to a Game Day" in the Koessler Athletic Center. The win pushes Siena's win streak to 17 straight overall. The win also allowed the Saints to pick up their 27th straight conference win dating back to last season. The win improves the Saints to a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference best 17-3 overall, 12-0 in conference play. The loss snaps Canisius' two-game conference winning streak, and drops the Golden Griffins to 9-12 overall, 6-6 in the MAAC.
The Griffs jumped out to an early 13-point lead thanks to a 14-0 run over 3:54 in the first half. The Griffs went into the locker room at the half holding a 43-41 lead after Siena charged back into the contest after scoring eight unanswered points over three minutes in the first stanza.
The second half saw the lead change hands eight times. The Saints took a 72-62 lead on a Liene Jansone (Riga, Latvia) lay-up with 7:21 to play in regulation. Jansone came off the bench for Siena to score 16 points. She also pulled down five rebounds in 18 minutes of play. The Griffs would make a run to tie the contest at 76-76 with 4:50 left in the game after Canisius junior Jill Knapic (Nanty Glo, Pa.) hit a three-point basket from the corner. Knapic finished with a game-high 23 points after shooting 8-for-16 from the field and 3-for-7 from behind the three-point arc. That was as close as the Blue and Gold would get down the stretch.
Siena had four players score in double figures, led by Basko's 22 points. Siena sophomore Jolene Johnston (Clifton Park, N.J.) chipped in with 16 points, while junior guard Erica Anderson (North Easton, Mass.) scored 15 points and dished out a game-high seven assists in 40 minutes of action. Fellow guard Mary McKissack (Detroit, Mich.) added 11 points and five assists in the win.
Canisius junior center Jessica Butler (Cambridge, Mass.) picked up her second consecutive double-double, tying her career-high with 20 points and pulling down a team best 10 boards. Senior Shauna Geronzin scored 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the losing effort. Geronzin is now second all-time at Canisius with 854 career rebounds. Senior point guard Tricia Breznitsky (Mahanoy City, Pa.) reached the 500-assist plateau with a team best six helpers. She is now ranked fifth all-time in career assists at Canisius with 503.
Siena returns to action on Thursday against Fairfield at the Pepsi Arena. Tipoff is 6 p.m. The Siena men will follow at 8 p.m. against Loyola.