Feb. 25, 2005
Niagara Falls, NY--Sophomore Shauna Ambrose hit a three-pointer with 1.5 seconds left to give Niagara University a 54-51 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win over Siena College at the Gallagher Center Friday evening. The Saints had a chance to tie the contest with a three at the buzzer, but the shot was off target.
The Purple Eagles jumped off to a 6-0 run to tie the contest 29-29, forcing the Saints to take a time-out with 17:40 left to play. Both team exchanged baskets over the next three minutes before Niagara would take the lead up until the 5:31 mark when freshman Laura Menty drove to the basket and was foul to convert a three point play, knotting the game 44-44. Siena was held with out a field goal for the game's first 3:12, while Niagara held a slim 5-0 lead. The Saints led by as many as four before taking a six-point advantage into the break 29-23.
Niagara, which improved to 15-11 overall and 10-7 in the MAAC, took a 51-48 lead with 1:12 remaining when Ambrose sank a free throw to complete a conventional three-point play. Siena answered when sophomore guard Katelyn Dooley sank a lay-up and a foul shot with 53 seconds left to tie the game at 51-51. Both teams missed a shot on their next possession and Niagara freshman Michele Manfredi caught the loose ball with 8.9 seconds left to give the Purple Eagles possession. Niagara in-bounded the ball to senior Eva Cunningham who broke the Saints defense and found Ambrose open on the right wing for the game-winning shot.
The Saints out-rebounded the Purple Eagles 37-28 and each team finished with 15 assists. The Purple Eagles caused 22 turnovers to capitalize 13 points.
The Saints continue their road swing as they close out the regular season against Canisius. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.