Feb. 13, 2014
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. - Niagara ended the game on a 33-11 run to rally past Siena Women's Basketball 65-57 at the Gallagher Center. The Saints had led for the first 38 minutes and by as many as 15 points early.
Victoria Rampado gave Niagara (8-16, 6-9) its first lead of the game, 56-55 on a free throw with 2:02 remaining. The Purple Eagles scored 10 of the game's final 12 points as Siena (7-17, 2-13) missed seven of its final eight shots.
Siena shot just 20.7% (6-29) in the second half and 29.1% for the game. The Saints struggled against Niagara's zone and shot just 18.5% (5-27) from distance.
The Saints came out gangbusters scoring the first 12 points of the game and led 19-4 following a Brianna Logan three at the 11:25 mark. Fellow freshman Meghan Donohue got off to a strong start as well and finished with a team-high 15 points.
Siena led 32-25 at the half and went on a 13-2 run early in the second half to build a seemingly commanding 46-32 lead with 13:39 to go.
But Niagara stayed close throughout and slowly chipped away thanks in large part to Rampado and Chanel Johnson who led all scorers with 21 points apiece. The duo kept Niagara within striking distance early, scoring 22 of the Purple Eagles' 25 first half points on 10-16 shooting while the rest of the team was 0-15.
Rampado added 10 rebounds in posting a double-double off the bench for Niagara. Meghan McGuinness added 11 points and Kelly Van Leeuwen contributed eight points and eight assists for the Purple Eagles which swept the regular season series from the Saints for the first time in 10 years.
The Saints will look to bounce back Saturday when they conclude their Western New York swing at Canisius at 2 p.m.