Feb. 18, 2002
RIVERDALE, NY - The Manhattan College women's basketball team upset conference-leading Siena 78-72 in double-overtime in a crucial Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match-up in Draddy Gym on Monday evening.
Trailing 7-2 early in the first half, Manhattan put together an 8-2 run to take a 10-9 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining to play. Although Siena would tie the game on two more occasions, the Lady J's went into the locker room with a four-point lead (29-24).
The game see-sawed back and forth for the first few minutes in the second half, but Siena charged back with a 14-2 run sparked by three consecutive three-pointers, one by Erica Anderson and two by Mary McKissack. Siena led 39-33 at 13:33, but Manhattan wouldn't go away, as the Lady J's took the lead just two minutes later on two lay-ups by Siobhan Kilkenny (Castlebar, Ireland).
Donnette "Shorty" Reed (Syracuse, NY) hit a layup to cut the lead to three with 3:47 remaining and neither team would score for the next two minutes. Reed stole the ball with 1:34 remaining but missed the ensuing fast break lay-up. Reed picked off another steal with just a minute left to play and was fouled hard on the play. Reed left the floor and Mary Kacic (Howard Beach, NY) was substituted to shoot the free throws. Kacic hit both and the lead was cut to one with 1:05 on the clock. Liene Jansone hit a layup on an assist from Basko with 20 seconds left to play to put the Saints back up by three (61-58). The Lady J's got the ball back over half-court and called a time-out to set up the next play. Manhattan's Tiffany Schettig (Altoona, PA) hit a three-pointer with two seconds on the clock to tie the game at 61-61. Reed was credited with the assist. Schettig stole the ball on the inbounds throw to send the game into overtime.
Basko hit a three pointer to start the first overtime period, and Manhattan answered with a steal by Schettig and a layup by Walters. Basko hit two free throws and Siena held the lead until the 1:47 mark when Reed hit a layup to cut the lead to one (66-65) and then picked off a steal and made the resulting fast-break layup give Manhattan the 67-66 lead. Siena's McKissack made one-of-two free throws on the other end to tie the game back up with just over a minute left in overtime. Rosalee Mason (London, England) grabbed a pass by Reed and made a layup to put the Lady J's up by two (69-67) with 56 seconds on the clock. Basko missed a three and the McKissack deflected the rebound to Jansone, who tied the game with a layup.
Again, Siena started the second overtime period with a three pointer, this time by Chrissy Loeliger, to take the three-point lead. But after that possession, Manhattan controlled the remainder of the game starting with Reed's dramatic drive to the basket, hitting the layup and drawing the foul with 4:11 left in the second overtime. Reed hit her free throw and the Lady J's nabbed three consecutive steals to keep the Saints at bay. Neither team scored again until Mason went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe with 1:28 remaining. Reed made two more free throws after a key defensive rebound by Anna Hakansson (Bjarred, Sweden) with just 19 seconds left. After a thirty-second timeout by Manhattan, Schettig was fouled and made 1-of-2 shots. As Basko grabbed the rebound, Siena called a timeout, but didn't have any remaining, which resulted in a technical foul. Senior Birgitta Tsoma (Katrinholm, Sweden) hit both free throws to give Manhattan the six-point edge.
Mason and Reed led Manhattan with 17 points. Mason added 14 rebounds, while Reed chipped in five steals, five assists and two rebounds. Walters finished with 14 points, seven boards, three steals and two blocks. Kilkenny added ten points, six rebounds and four steals. Basko led the Saints and all scorers with 27 points and 17 rebounds to go along with her six assists. McKissack had 13 points and seven rebounds, while Jansone finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.
With the win Manhattan improves to 16-10, 11-6 in the MAAC, good for sole possession of third place in the conference standings, while Siena falls to 19-5, 14-2 in the MAAC, which ties them for first place with St. Peter's. Manhattan's 11 MAAC wins tie the College record for most conference wins in a season and this is only the second win over Siena in the past 12 meetings. Manhattan beat the Saints by one at Siena during the 1999-2000 season.