Siena Knocks Off Iona, 77-42

Feb. 6, 2003

Box Score

Gunta Basko led all scorers with 17 points as the Saints rolled past Iona, 77-42 at the Alumni Recreation Center in Loudonville, NY. With the win the Saints improve to 15-6 on the season and 8-3 in the MAAC while the Gaels fall to 1-19 overall and are still searching for their first conference win in 11 games played.

The Saints knocked down the first bucket of the night and maintained their lead throughout the entire half behind 12 points from Basko. Siena made a 12-0 run midway through the half going up 19-7 and slowly increased their lead to take a 16-point advantage into the lockerroom.

The Saints continued their assault on the Gaels in the second, holding Iona to just 15 points while putting up 34 points of their own. Siena held a 20-plus point advantage from the 17:48 mark on eventually taking the 77-42 victory.

Four Saints reached double figures on the night. Basko nearly saw a triple double as she grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 9 assists in addition to her game-high 17 points. Liene Jansone (12 points), Erica Anderson (15 points) and Mary McKissack (15 points) also managed to hit the double figure mark. Anderson and McKissack also combined for five of Siena's eight treys.

Iona did not see a player in the double figures as four Gaels recorded a team-high of six points. Iona's 42 points marked the lowest total scored against the Saints since the 1984-85 season when Siena held Delaware State to just 40 points.

Siena shot 55.2 percent (32-58) from the floor compared to Iona's 30.8 percent. The Saints sunk 8 of 17 three pointers for a 47.1 percentage and had 13 steals.

Siena returns to MAAC action this Sunday, February 9 as they travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to take on Marist. Game-time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.