JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Serena Moore is now part of elite company. The senior forward scored her 1,000th career point making her just one of five players in program history with 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 100 blocks as the Saints defeated Saint Peter's 57-40 Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Saints sweep the season series from the Peahens for the first time since the 2004-05 season and earned their first win here at the Yanitelli Center since Jan. 14, 2005.
Moore wasted little time in becoming the 24th player in program history to join the four-figure club. She backed down her defender on the right block and hit a turnaround shot off the window for her second basket that tied the game at 11 with 8:42 to play in the first half.
Siena (11-14, 9-6) and Saint Peter's (3-23, 3-12) played to five ties and four lead changes in the opening half, the final of which tied the game at 13 apiece. From that point on however, it would be all Siena.
The Saints hit seven of their final 10 shots of the first half, ending the stanza on a 15-2 run to turn what was a close game into a comfortable advantage. Cristina Centeno scored 11 of her game-high 21 points during that spurt, the final three of which came on a trifecta as the first half expired.
Siena built its lead to as much as 21 in the opening minutes of the second half, increasing their game-changing run to 23-2 to take a 36-15 lead at the 16:06 mark. The Saints had a little trouble putting the Peahens away at the end as Saint Peter's closed to within 11 points (46-35) with 4:07 left before Siena ultimately put the game away.
Moore, who joins Katy Sturgis '82, Ann Marie Graney '85, Kathy Kaczkowski '90 and Gunta Basko '03 as the only Siena members of the 1,000 - 600 - 100 club, finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. She added four blocks, four steals and three assists in a solid all-around performance.
Playing in front of her home crowd, Centeno had another memorable game at the Yanitelli Center. She knocked down 7-for-13 from the field and added four assists.
Quiana Porter led Saint Peter's with 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench while Jynae Judson added 10 points and five steals for the Peahens which have lost eight straight.
Siena returns to action Monday night at Fairfield, site of next month's MAAC Championships. The Saints and Stags do battle at 7 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast back in the Capital Region on Time Warner Cable Sports.