Feb. 28, 2014
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Basketball broke a 49-all tie by ending the game on a 12-3 run to defeat Saint Peter's 61-52 on Senior Night at the ARC. With the win, the Saints secured the No. 10 seed in next week's MAAC Championships in Springfield, Mass.
After Antonia Smith hit two free throws to even the score for Saint Peter's (3-26, 2-18) with 3:39 left, the Saints (8-20, 3-16) scored the next eight points to reclaim the lead for good. Six of those points came from the free throw line where Siena shot 12-14 over the final four minutes after having missed six of their first 11.
Junior captain Tehresa Coles scored 21 points and added seven rebounds and a season-high tying five steals for the Saints which snapped a nine-game home losing streak. Coles catalyzed Siena's defense which swiped 15 steals and scored 25 points off 26 Peacock turnovers.
Siena led 29-27 at the half and senior guard Kanika Cummings canned a three capping a 7-0 run that put the Saints up 10, 45-35 with 9:53 to go. But Siena couldn't quite shake Kaydine Bent and the Peacocks. Bent scored eight points during an ensuing 14-4 Saint Peter's run that tied the game for the sixth and final time.
Bent led Saint Peter's with 19 points and nine rebounds and Smith added 10 points off the bench for the Peacocks which will carry a 14-game losing streak into postseason play and be the No. 11 seed in the MAAC Championships.
Ida Krogh added 13 points for the Saints which have won eight in a row over the Peacocks. Siena will face a yet to be determined No. 7 seed in the First Round of the MAAC Championships Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the MassMutual Center.
The Saints could still face any one of four potential opponents Thursday - Canisius, Manhattan, Niagara or Rider. Those four teams could potentially finish in a four-way tie for the fifth and final first round bye and seeds 5-8 are the only ones which are still yet to be determined.
But first Siena will look to build momentum heading into postseason play. The Saints conclude regular season action Sunday with a 2 p.m. tip off at Monmouth.