BALTIMORE, MD. - Cristina Centeno's attempt at a game tying three-pointer was partially blocked as time expired as the Saints' comeback bid fell just short in a 67-64 overtime defeat at Loyola. Serena Moore scored a career-high 29 points and added 12 rebounds as the Saints nearly overcame a 13-point second half deficit.
Moore made another strong case for why she deserves serious MAAC Player of the Year consideration. She made 12-for-18 from the floor and for the second time this year hit a desperation three-pointer from 30 feet out as the shot clock expired for good measure.
Moore served as the catalyst during the Saints' (9-14, 7-6) second half run to get back into the game. Loyola (14-10, 11-2) had gone on a 12-0 run spanning the end of the first half and start of the second half to build a 39-26 lead with 16:34 remaining. But the Saints would battle back.
In the final minute of the game, the Saints still trailed by three and needed some help. They would get it, but it wouldn't be from Moore.
Freshman Kanika Cummings hit a pair of quick, coast-to-coast driving lay ins that brought the Saints back within a point each time. After the latter with 17 seconds to go, Cummings leaped into the air, stole the inbounds pass and was fouled as the Siena bench erupted.
Cummings made 1-for-2 from the line to tie the game and after both teams' missed last second game-winning attempts, the game went to overtime tied at 59.
In the extra session the Greyhounds went on top 66-64 following a Candace Walker jumper that rimmed in with 21 seconds to go. On the other end, Moore missed a layup and Cathy Cockrum was fouled on the put back, sending her to the line with a chance to tie it with 10 seconds to go.
But Cockrum missed both foul shots and after a Katie Sheahin free throw, Centeno's three was off the mark as the Saints fell.
In addition to Moore, Cockrum and Cummings were solid throughout. Cockrum posted her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Cummings added eight for the Saints which fell to 0-3 in overtime games this season.
Loyola's backcourt of Miriam McKenzie, Erica DiClemente and Sheahin - which is the highest scoring trio in the MAAC at 36.5 points per game - led the way combining to score 54 of Loyola's 67 points as the Greyhounds won their fifth straight.
Siena continues its season long four-game road trip Monday night at Rider in a 7 p.m. tip.