Feb. 21, 2003
Liene Jansone netted a game-high 28 points and added 15 rebounds to lead Siena to an 80-70 victory over Canisius in the Alumni Recreation Center in Loudonville, N.Y. Friday night. With the win the Saints improve to 19-6 overall and 12-3 in conference play while the Golden Griffins fall to 11-13 on the season and 6-9 in the MAAC.
For the first sixteen minutes of play, the lead changed hands several times and neither team held more than a five-point advantage. In the final seven minutes of the half, Siena went on a 15-6 run to take a nine-point lead into the intermission.
Liene Jasone entered the locker room with a double double, scoring 15 of her 28 points and 10 of her 15 rebounds in the first period.
The Golden Griffins managed to close the gap midway through the second, pulling to within two points with eight minutes left in the game.
The Saints led throughout the second half, but the final ten-point difference was misleading, as the game came down to the wire with the Golden Griffins only trailing by two with three minutes remaining. Canisius was forced to foul after falling behind by five with a little over one minute left, and the Saints capitalized on their free throws down the stretch to climb to the ten-point victory.
Liene Jansone finished the night one point and one rebound shy of her highs for the season. Four other Saints scored in double figures as Erica Anderson (15 points), Gunta Basko (13 points), Nathalie Marchino (13 points) and Jolene Johnston (10 points) all hit double digits. Basko added a team-high three steals and five assists while Anderson dished out a team-high six assists.
Three Golden Griffins managed double figures with Jenel Stevens leading the way, sinking 21 points. She added a team-high five assists, three steals and seven rebounds. Jes Butler led the team in rebounds with 11.
Canisius won the battle of the boards pulling in 40 caroms compared to Siena's 38. The Golden Griffins also shot 45.2% from the floor while the Saints managed just 40.8%.
Siena returns to MAAC action on Sunday at Loyola. Game-time is set for 2 p.m