LOUDONVILLE, NY - In front of a crowd of 1,136, Siena Women’s Basketball played until the final buzzer but fell 83-72 to Quinnipiac on National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Siena’s 72 points are the second most points scored this season and most since they tallied 73 against Colgate on November 25.
Siena (13-12, 8-6) was led by Maddie Sims who recorded a career-high 20 points, with eight coming from the free-throw line. Aaliyah Jones poured in 15 points following a perfect six-for-six from the charity stripe. Joella Gibson and Kollyns Scarbrough both added 14 for Siena.
MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Aryn McClure tallied 23 points for a season-high for Quinnipiac (21-5, 15-0). Jen Fay recorded 21 points, including five-for-five from the free throw line.
Quinnipiac shot 57-percent in the second half and outscored Siena 48-29 to outlast the Saints and take the victory 83-72 at the Alumni Recreation Center. The Bobcats are averaging 23.4 points more than conference opponents this season. The Saints 11-point loss is the third fewest margin of defeat by a league opponent.
The Bobcats hit four of their 11 treys in the final frame help push them out into the lead, following the Saints hitting a layup right before the buzzer to end the third quarter trailing by just three, 59-56. The final frame had a lot of action for both teams, but the Bobcats held on and continued their undefeated league season 83-72.
Coming out of halftime, Quinnipiac went on a 12-4 run to take the lead 54-49 and would never relinquish the lead. The Saints bought it within two, 54-52 following a three-point play by Maddie Sims, but Quinnipiac connected on 53-percent of their shots in the third quarter to lead 59-56 after three. While the Saints were outscored 22-21 in the second quarter, Siena connected on eight of nine (88.9%) from the field, 1-1 from behind the arc and 4-4 from the free throw line to tie their most points scored in the second quarter, which they last had against UAlbany on December 9.
Right from tip-off it was a battle between the league foes. With the women’s teams supporting Siena for National Girls and Women in Sports Day along with members of High-Five, the Saints went on a 19-1 run early in the game and led by as much as 13 points. The Saints scored their most points in the first quarter as they led 22-16 after 10 minutes played.
Siena will head on the road for their final two-game road trip to take on Manhattan on Thursday, February 15. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.