March 1, 2013
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - In her 100th career game senior captain Lily Grenci became the 25th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. But Grenci's effort was not nearly enough as Rider swept the regular season series from the Saints for the first time ever, 72-52 at Alumni Gymnasium.
As it was entering the night, Siena's (11-17, 7-10) path to a First Round bye in next week's MAAC Championships remained clear. The winner of Sunday's game between the Saints and Canisius at the ARC will clinch the No. 6 seed and a First Round bye in the MAAC Championships, while the loser will be relegated to a Thursday game in Springfield, Mass.
Grenci posted her 15th career double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds in just 28 minutes of action. But fellow MAAC Player of the Year contender MyNeshia McKenzie added a double-double of her own for Rider (15-13, 10-7) with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Siena missed 17 of its first 19 shots, but hung close early on. Grenci scored six straight points to pull the Saints within 20-18 with 3:08 left in the half.
But Rider, which had beaten the Saints just four times entering this year since joining the MAAC in 1997-98, ended the half on a 13-5 run to build a 10-point halftime lead and never looked back.
Siena struggled again from the field, shooting just 23.2% (13-56) and committed 23 turnovers. Clara Sole Anglada joined Grenci in double figures with 13 points off the Siena bench.
Emily Fazzini and Sironda Chambers added 14 points apiece for Rider which has won eight of 11 and tied a program record with their 10th MAAC win.
Now, it all comes down to Senior Day Sunday for the Saints as they look to send out their lone senior Grenci with a win. A victory clinches the Saints the No. 6 seed, while with a loss Siena could fall as low as eight. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. from the ARC.