Feb. 23, 2003
Erica Anderson led four Siena players in double-figures in a 71-61 victory over Loyola Sunday in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match-up at Reitz Arena. The number two Saints improve to 20-6 on the season and 13-3 in the conference. Loyola falls to 7-9 in MAAC play and 11-14 overall.
Siena took the lead almost immediately and held onto it, leading by as much as 11 at 2:29. Anderson made two of her eight free-throws to give the saints a 40-29 lead. But the Greyhounds took over for the rest of the half, cutting Siena's lead to seven for a 40-33 halftime score.
Loyola continued its run started in the end of the first half immediately in the second going on a 8-0 run to pull ahead three. Katie Netherton started the run with a layup at 19:49 and grabbed a defensive board on the ensuing Siena attempt to set up Lindsay Cobb at 19:12. Jennifer Mitchell scored the basket at 17:12 to bring Loyola within one and later dished the ball out to Shontrese Smith for Loyola's 41-40 lead ay 16:40. Netherton added another basket at 15:34 to get the 'Hounds ahead three.
Siena finally got on the board at 15:06 in the second half on a Liene Jansone basket at 15:06 and another by Jolene Anderson at 14:46.
The Greyhounds would not go quietly, with Smith adding two more baskets as well as one from Katie Scherle to lead take a five point lead at 11:21. The two teams would battle back and forth for the next three minutes before Anderson hit one of her four three-pointers at 8:08 to give Siena a 56-53 that they never let go.
Anderson led all scorers with 22 points, shooting 8-for-8 from the line and hitting four three-point shots. Jolene Johnston added 16. Siena's leading scorers Liene Jansone and Gunta Basko where held to 11 and six points respectively. Nathalie Marchino added 11 for Siena.
For the Greyhounds, Netherton lead with 16 points as well as five rebounds. Smith added 11 points followed by Mitchell and Scherle with 10 apiece. Mitchell also pulled down five boards.
Loyola outrebounded Siena, 31-28 but shot poorly from the charity strip, hitting just six of 14 in the first half but finished at 8-for-16.
The Saints return to MAAC action Tuesday when they face number one Manhattan. Game-time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.