Feb. 8, 2005
Lawrenceville, NJ--The Saints erased a 13 point half-time deficit to take a 62-56 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win at the Sovereign Bank Arena Monday evening against Rider University (7-14, 5-7). Five time rookie of the week winner, Laura Menty poured in 19 points of her game and career high 23 points (7-of-8 FT), two assists and two steals.
Siena opened the second half with a 13-0 spurt when freshman Menty connected on two back-to back shots to pull the Saints with in eight points. Menty then hit a 15 foot jumper from inside the right wing, forcing the Broncs to call a timeout. Off an inside pass junior Whitney Cave fed inside the post to Michelle Blot who dished out to Menty who hit a lay-up to knot the game 36-36 with 12:25 left to play.
The Saints held the Broncs to a 9:48 scoreless drought before Leanne Moore drove for an easy lay-up off a Becky Hower assist. Both teams exchanged shots until sophomore guard Katelyn Dooley exploded to the basket to give the Saints a four point lead (50-46). Dooley would score Siena's final four points at the free throw line to finish with 19 points, with 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Cave grabbed her fifth double-double with 10 points and 12 caroms, Blot matched her career high seven assists and three steals
Siena out-rebounded Rider 37-28, snatched nine steals and swatted three shots, two committed by Blot. Rider went 2-of-4 to Siena's 13-of-15 from the charity line.
Siena (11-10, 8-4 MAAC) play Marist in a double-header at the Pepsi Arena on Thursday at 6 p.m. with the men's game to follow 20 minutes thereafter.