Feb. 8, 2009
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena went more than seven minutes without scoring a basket and Canisius used a 20-4 run during that time to come from behind and beat the Saints 65-58 Sunday afternoon at UHY Court in Loudonville. Junior guard Allie Lindemann led the Saints with 13 points. With the loss, Siena remains in fourth place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings.
Siena (9-13, 8-5) led for most of the first half as they shot 51.9% from the field. Lindemann scored 10 of her 13 points on 4-of-8 from the field and the Saints took a 35-29 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Heather Stec scored six straight points to make it 43-32 with 14:54 remaining, their largest lead of the game. Brittane Russell punched back with two 3-pointers and Sarah Fullmer responded with a 3 of her own. Fullmer hit 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and finished with 11 points. With 7 ½ minutes left, she hit a leaning jumper and was fouled. The shot put Siena up 51-43 and the team erupted going into a media timeout. After the timeout, Fullmer missed the free throw and Canisius went on their 20-4 run.
Canisius (18-6, 10-3) made 5-of-8 from the field and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc during that time. Siena was 0-for-6 with six turnovers.
Lindemann was held scoreless in the second half until she nailed a 3 with 14 seconds left to make it a 5-point game. But the Golden Griffins hit their free throws and held on for the win.
Canisius, the 12th best 3-point shooting team in the country, shot 61.5% (8-13) from beyond the arc in the second half. They turned the Saints over 10 times and converted that into 15 points. The Golden Griffins held a 21-2 advantage in points off turnovers for the game. They had eight assists to two turnovers in the second half.
Siena struggled from the free throw line. They hit 8-of-17 (47.1%) in their second worst performance from the line this season.
Canisius won both regular-season games against Siena for the first time since 2005-06.
Siena returns to action Friday when they finish their 4-game home stand against Saint Peter's in Loudonville. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.