Feb. 20, 2014
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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Quinnipiac ended the game on a 15-2 run, spoiling an otherwise inspiring effort from Siena's women's basketball team in the program's annual Pink Zone game Thursday night in Loudonville.
Four Quinnipiac (17-10, 12-5) starters reached double figures, and the fifth - sophomore guard Maria Napolitano - hit the game's two biggest shots, three-pointers from the left wing that pushed the lead to six and then seven in the final 1:20.
Tehresa Coles made 8-of-13 shots and led all players with 18 points in 35 minutes for Siena (7-19, 2-15). Ida Krogh chipped in 15 points and seven rebounds in the loss.
Siena led for 17 minutes in the second half, and by as many as 10 after Krogh's layup with 13:17 made it 49-39. Quinnipiac used a 9-0 run midway through the half to take a 54-53 lead on Brittany McQuain's three-point play that bridged the under-eight media timeout. But Siena answered and led until Jasmine Martin's two free throws with 2:45 to play.
McQuain had a team-high 14 points and 14 rebounds for Quinnipiac which has won nine of its last 11 games. Samantha Guastella and Martin had 11 each, and Gillian Abshire chipped in 10.
The Bobcats out-rebounded the Saints 50-40 and made 9-of-20 three-pointers in the second half.
Siena shot just 2-of-16 from distance, but 49% (25-53) from inside the arc. Quinnipiac got to the line 25 times on 24 Siena fouls, despite playing the majority of its offense outside the three-point line.
The Saints are now guaranteed to finish either 10th or 11th in the MAAC.
Prior to the game a reception was held to help raise awareness and money for Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB!). It's the 14th straight season Siena has hosted a Pink Zone game, and entering tonight over $105,000 had been raised through the event.