Feb. 26, 2004
Jolene Johnston netted a game-high 15 points to lead Siena past Marist College, 57-51, at the McCann Center Thursday evening. With the win, the Saints moved into a three-way tie for first place in the MAAC along with Marist and Niagara. Siena improved to 16-10 overall and 12-5 in league play while Marist dropped to the same 16-10 on the season and 12-5 in the MAAC.
After about eight minutes of Marist leading the way, the Saints managed to earn their first advantage of the game on a jumper by Katelyn Dooley with an 11-10 score at the 12:34 mark. Following a brief period of lead changes, the Saints moved ahead for good, this time on a jumper by Johnston that made the score 19-18 in favor of the Green and Gold.
Siena spent the remainder of the first half climbing to an eight-point surplus before heading into the locker room with a 27-21 lead after a pair of foul shots by Kristen Keller brought the Red Foxes to within six.
The Saints took their biggest lead of the game after a Sherron Burgess free throw put the Saints up by 11 at the 12:08 mark of the second half. The Green and Gold held a nine-point advantage with just 53 seconds left to play, yet Marist refused to give up and with pair of steals managed to cut the Saint lead to just four with 37 seconds left on the clock. But Siena held on and knocked down a pair of free throws to seal the victory.
In addition to Johnston, Nathalie Marchino (14 points) and Dooley (10 points) also managed double-figure scoring. Burgess did her part on the boards, pulling in a season-high 15 rebounds.
Kristen Keller scored a team-high 13 points while Maureen Magarity added 12. Though limited to just six points, Stephanie Del Preore grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Saints will wrap-up their regular-season this Saturday when they host St. Peter's at the Alumni Recreation Center on Senior Day. Game-time is scheduled for 2p.m.