Women's Hoop: Pesky Purple Eagles Outlast Saints, 54-51

Feb. 25, 2005

Final Stats

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.

Menty led Siena (12-14, 9-8 MAAC) with 16 points while senior tri-captain Lauren Surber added 13 points. Junior Whitney Cave finished with a team high nine rebounds and seven points.



The Saints continue their road swing as they close out the regular season against Canisius. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.