Feb. 7, 2010
Final Stats |
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -
With their backs against the wall, the Siena women's basketball team fought back from an 18-point deficit and defeated Iona 75-67 in an overtime thriller Sunday afternoon. The Saints snapped a three-game losing streak with their biggest comeback win since December 1, 2001 when the Saints rallied from 21 points down at New Hampshire and won 78-65.
More than one Siena player stepped up to fuel its comeback. Merrick Volpe and Serena Moore led all players with 17 points. Allie Lindemann scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half and Cristina Centeno led all players with seven assists and had no turnovers. And freshman forward Lily Grenci came off the bench to provide 14 points and six rebounds - both career-highs - in 23 minutes.
Siena (8-13, 6-6) played without starting forward Sarah Fullmer as well as Missy Ramsey and Sara Parnell.
Iona (13-10, 9-3) used a 13-2 run to open up a 27-9 lead with 5:26 remaining in the first half. The Gaels shot 40% from the field in the first half and Siena shot 26.9% from the floor and 20% from 3.
But the Saints were locked in at the start of the second half, making their first six 3-pointers and eight of their first nine in the first 11 ½ minutes. Lindemann's 3-pointer with 8:30 on the clock put the Saints in front for the first time all day, 52-51.
Lindemann rattled a jumper home to tie the game 61-61 with 21 seconds left in regulation. Then the Saints withstood three missed shots from Iona in the final 15 seconds to reach overtime.
Thazina Cook left the game with an injury at the 8:18 mark of the first half and starting forwards Anda Ivkovic (3:36 in second half) and Kristina Ford (1:18 in overtime) both fouled out late in the game.
Siena's defense clamped down in overtime as Iona shot 2-for-10 from the field and had two turnovers. The Saints looked inside to Moore against the depleted Iona frontcourt and she scored six points. Volpe made all six of her free throws in overtime to secure the victory.
Siena took care of the ball in the second half with 12 assists and just four turnovers.
Iona made 4-of-19 (21.1%) from beyond the arc. The Gaels entered the game shooting 37.7% from 3 in conference games, the best mark in the league.
The Saints return to action Saturday when they host Saint Peter's at 2 p.m.