Feb. 27, 2005
Buffalo, NY - Senior tri-captain Lauren Surber did all that she could to try and lead her team to victory in their regular season finale. The Saints game-high leading scorer netted 17 points and snatched four steals. However, it was Siena's inability to defend against Canisius deadly three-point shot that squashed all hopes of a victory in Buffalo, NY. The Griffs (18-9) hit 7-of-19 treys to defeat the Saints (12-15), 59-54, on Sunday afternoon in the Koessler Athletic Center.
The contest opened with a technical foul on the Griffs due to a line-up change. Sophomore guard Katelyn Dooley made one of two to put the Saints on the board early before the clock started to tick. But it was junior Whitney Cave who started off the scoring for Siena with a lay-up right off the tip. Surber made it 6-3 with a three-pointer at 18:18. In the first half, junior Cheri Wittlieb went 4-of-7 from the field and 4-of-5 from beyond the arc to score a game high 12 points for the Griffs. As a team they drained 6-of-9 for 66.7% while forcing 15 turnovers to secure a 34-27 advantage at the break.
The Griffs lead swelled to as much as seven in the second half, before the Saints were able to regain a defensive hold. Freshmen Laura Menty and Dooley attempted to close the gap, scoring six points a piece. Siena out-rebounded Canisius, 37-27, with the most noticeable difference coming on the offensive rebound end, where there was a 17-10 differential. The intense game saw nine lead changes and eight ties, the Griffs bench outscored the Saints 28-5, while the Saints shared the rock 17-16 and swatted two shots.
Dooley finished with 11 points, while Cave grabbed a game high 10 rebounds.
Siena returns to Buffalo to take on Iona College on, Thursday, March 3 at 12 noon at the HSBC Arena the first round of the MAAC Tournament.