LOUDONVILLE, NY - Siena Women's Basketball scored the final five points of the game to outlast Monmouth 44-41 on Monday night at the Alumni Recreation Center. Siena has now won seven straight games against the Hawks.
Maddie Sims poured in a career-high 18 points, while her three blocks stand as a season-high for the Saints (13-11, 8-5). Anna Lundquist came off the bench and was one-point shy of a season-high with 11 points, hitting three from behind the arc. Kollyns Scarbrough added nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds while swiping the ball four times.
Monmouth (6-16, 4-7) was led by Rhaiah Spooner-Knight who tallied 15 points. Alexa Middleton came off the bench and notched a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Kayla Shaw, who is averaging 9.7 points per game, was held to zero points in 37 minutes played.
Despite the Hawks starting the final frame on a 12-1 run, the Saints chipped in the final five points to defeat Monmouth 44-41. Lundquist hit her third trey of the game, tying a season-high, with just over two minutes to play that put Siena ahead 42-41. Sims then put in a layup with 17 seconds remaining. Within those 17 seconds, the Hawks missed two free-throws and with one second on the clock, Shaw attempted a three-point basket for the tie, but it was no good as Siena has now won six of their last seven.
Trailing 24-19 at the half, the Saints opened the with a quick 4-0 run to trail by just one 24-23. The Saints would cause 11 Monmouth turnovers in the quarter, their 27 total is the most by any opponent this season. The Hawks did not score their first basket until the five-minute mark of the third quarter and Siena held Monmouth to just five points, their least points allowed in any quarter this season, to lead 38-29 after three quarters played.
The Saints trailed 18-10 after one quarter played but outscored the Hawks 9-6 in the second quarter but remained behind Monmouth 24-19. Monmouth shot 58.3-percent from the field in the first quarter, compared to the Saints 23.5-percent.
Monmouth's 41 points are the second-lowest score by an opponent this season as the Saints held Fairfield to 40 points on January 22. Siena's 44 points were the fewest scored this season.
Siena is set to host reigning MAAC Champions and Sweet 16 contenders Quinnipiac on Sunday, February 11 for National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.