LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Rider went on a decisive 14-0 run midway through the second half and pulled away from Siena Women's Basketball 73-61 Friday night at the ARC. Off the court the game was a success however as the Saints celebrated their 13th Annual Pink Zone Game raising money and awareness for breast cancer research in front of a crowd of 1,471.
Lily Grenci led the Saints (9-15, 5-8) with her eighth double-double of the year, posting 24 points and 14 rebounds. Grenci shot 8-15 from the field, but the rest of the team shot a combined 18.2% (8-44) as the Saints were just 27.1% overall.
That left the door open for Rider (12-12, 7-6) to snap its 10-game losing streak against the Saints dating back to Jan. 27, 2008. The Broncs went on an early 15-2 run and raced out to a 21-9 lead at the 12:08 mark and never trailed again.
Rider led 37-31 at the half and seemed to be pulling away early in the second half before the Saints answered back. Grenci knocked down a jumper to cap a 10-2 run to get Siena as close as 48-45 with 13:22 remaining.
But Siena went scoreless for the next six minutes as Rider used their 14-0 run to put the game away and defeat the Saints for just the fifth time in 34 all-time meetings.
Sironda Chambers paced Rider with 23 points including 14-15 from the free throw line in leading the Broncs to their fifth win in their past seven games. Both teams took advantage at the charity stripe where Siena made 27-31 and Rider 24-30.
MyNeshia McKenzie added 12 points and eight rebounds and Caitlin Bopp contributed nine points and 10 rebounds for Rider which posted its 12th win of the season marking the program's most victories since the 1999-00 season.
Tehresa Coles scored nine points and Allison Mullings added eight in another solid performance off the bench for the Saints which missed a chance to move into fifth in the MAAC Standings.
The Saints will look to bounce back when they continue their season long four-game homestand Sunday at 2 p.m. against Niagara.