March 1, 2002
ALBANY, N.Y. - Siena blew open a close game midway through the first half and cruised to a comfortable 73-44 victory over Iona in the MAAC quarterfinals at the Pepsi Arena. The 29-point win was Siena's largest of the season and marked the Saints first step in their effort to repeat as MAAC Champions. Siena will face Fairfield in the semifinals.
Top-seeded Siena (22-5/16-2 MAAC) trailed 17-16 with just under eight minutes left in the first half. The Saints closed the first half on a 25-5 run and opened the second half on a 22-5 run to open a 36-point lead with eight minutes left in the game.
The Saints dominated ninth-seeded Iona (8-21/5-13 MAAC) on the glass, amassing 25 offensive rebounds and 53 total to the Gaels' 35. Siena also held Iona to 28 percent shooting and just 21 percent in the second half. The Saints shot 44 percent.
MAAC Player of the Year Gunta Basko (Olaine, Latvia/Riga Secondary #3) led the Saints with 19 points, 13 rebounds and six steals-her 17th double-double of the season. Erica Anderson (N. Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) scored 17 points and added 7 assists. Freshman Lauren Surber (W. Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) provided a spark off the bench with a career-high 11 rebounds.
Megan Cobb led the Gaels with 13 points. Michelle Fahy was the only other double-digit scorer with 10.
Siena will play in the semifinals at 5 p.m. on Saturday against the winner of Canisius and Fairfield.