Feb. 25, 2003
Siena snapped Manhattan's 13-game winning streak with a 76-64 victory over the Jaspers at Draddy Gymnasium in Riverdale, N.Y.
The Saints improve to 21-6 overall and 14-3 in the conference while the Jaspers fall to 16-9 on the season and 13-3 in the MAAC. Siena is now a half game ahead of the Manhattan for first place in the MAAC but the Jaspers can clinch first place with victories in their next two contests.
Despite Rosalee Mason scoring a game-high 25 points and grabbing nine rebounds, the combination of Gunta Basko, Liene Jansone and Erica Anderson proved to be too much for Manhattan. Jansone scored 24 points, Anderson had 13 points and Basko scored all 14 of her points in the second half to lead the Saints to the 12-point victory.
Jansone added a game-high 10 rebounds while Anderson dished out a game-high six assists.
After a Donnette "Shorty" Reed three-pointer tied the game at 44, the Saints went on a 15-6 run to take a 59-50 lead. After the teams traded baskets, Mason scored four straight points to bring the Lady Jaspers within five, 61-56. However, Jansone connected on a corner jumper and Basko drilled a deep three-pointer to keep the Saints ahead.
Manhattan took a 31-30 lead into the half. Mason scored 13 points and Serra Sangar scored seven of her 11 points in the first half.
Both teams shot extremely well from the foul line. The Saints shot a perfect 16-16 and the Lady Jaspers made 16-19 for the game. Siena shot 52.7% from the field while Manhattan made 35.9% of its shots.
The Saints will wrap-up their regular season this Friday, February 28 as they host Marist on Senior Night at the ARC in Loudonville, N.Y. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.