Feb. 28, 2004
Senior Jolene Johnston put away a game-high and career-high 24 points to lead Siena past St. Peter's, 63-47, on Senior Day at the Alumni Recreation Center. With the win the Saints (17-10, 13-5) clinched at least a share of the MAAC regular-season title. The loss dropped the Peahens to 13-14 overall and 8-10 in league play.
After just over nine minutes of play elapsed, Siena took the lead for good in the first half on a Jolene Johnston jumper at the 10:50 mark that gave the Saints a 14-12 advantage. The Saints were able to increase that lead to five with six minutes left on the clock, but Saint Peter's cut that to just four by the half's end as the Green and Gold entered the locker room with a 26-22 advantage.
The Peahens never managed to catch up to the Saints in the second, getting only as close as six points at the 11:27 mark on a jumper by Tyonna Vance. It was all Green and Gold from there, as Siena built up a 16-point lead with five minutes to go and finished out the game by the same margin with the 63-47 score.
Along with Johnston, seniors Sherron Burgess and Shimrit Gigi also finished their careers at the ARC with season highs, as Burgess posted a double double on the night, matching a season-high 10 points while pulling down 12 rebounds and Gigi grabbed a season-high five rebounds while managing double figures as well with 10 points. Katelyn Dooley rounded out the Saint double figure scoring, chipping in with 10.
Tanesha Seaton led St. Peter's with 23 points while Vance added 12.
The Saints outrebounded the Peahens 45-28 and shot 39.6 percent from the floor compared to just 30.0 percent for St. Peter's.
The win marks the fifth time in the last six years that the Saints have earned at least a share of the MAAC regular-season title.
With the end of the regular season this afternoon, Siena will now prepare for the MAAC Tournament. Although the Saints clinched at least a share of the MAAC regular season title, the first seed in the Tournament is still up in the air and will be dependent upon Sunday's match-ups between Niagara and Canisus and Marist and Iona.