Saints Grind Out 54-51 Win at Manhattan
Feb. 8, 2013
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Tehresa Coles blocked Nicole Isaacs' attempt at a game-tying three as time expired and Siena overcame Manhattan 54-51 Friday night at Draddy Gymnasium. Senior captain Lily Grenci posted her seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds in leading the Saints to their fourth straight win over the Jaspers.
Siena (9-13, 5-6) led 30-22 at the half and built as much as a 10-point lead just under a minute into the second half. But the Saints were plagued by 27 turnovers, leaving the door open for Manhattan (6-16, 3-8) to come back.
The Jaspers slowly chipped away at the deficit, eventually tying the game at 46 with 5:50 to go. The teams would play to three more ties in the closing minutes before Manhattan took its first lead of the second half with 1:21 remaining.
Shayna Ericksen hit the front end of a one-and-one to put the Jaspers up 51-50, but missed the second. Kate Zarotney got the rebound and was fouled, sinking two huge free throws on a one-and-one at the other end to put Siena back on top for good.
Free throws were a difference as Siena, which ranks 21st nationally in free throw percentage, made 14-15 including two more clutch attempts by Ida Krogh on a one-and-one to provide the final margin with 19.7 seconds left. Meanwhile Manhattan, which entered the night ranking last in the MAAC in foul shooting, held to form making just 7-13.
Led by Grenci, Siena dominated inside and out-rebounded the undersized Jaspers 38-22 and held a decided 24-6 advantage in points in the paint. Zarotney complimented Grenci's effort with seven points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Krogh finished with 11 points and Coles scored nine as Siena posted its 31st MAAC Regular Season win over the Jaspers - its most vs. any conference foe.
Monica Roeder led all scorers with 18 points for Manhattan while Toni-Ann Lawrence added 12 points and four blocks. Allison Skrec added 11 points, six assists and five steals for the Jaspers which scored 26 of their points off Siena turnovers.
After a concluding a grueling stretch where nine of 13 games were on the road, Siena returns to the Capital Region to open a season long four-game homestand Sunday. The Saints host seven-time defending MAAC Champion Marist at 2 p.m. in a game that will be televised throughout New York on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.