March 3, 2002
ALBANY, N.Y. - Saint Peter's scored 11 points in a row to break open a tie game early in the second half and the Peahens captured their ninth MAAC championship 83-71 over Siena Sunday night at the Pepsi Arena. The Saints (23-6/16-2 MAAC) came up one win short of repeating as conference champions.
Siena rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to tie the game at 38 with 15:43 remaining. However, the Peahens went on the decisive run over the next four minutes and never led by fewer than 10 points the rest of the game.
Saint Peter's (25-5/15-3 MAAC) dominated the glass, outrebounding Siena 45-31 and shooting 49 percent to Siena's 36 percent.
The Peahens had four players in double figures, led by Lindsay Gonzalez who scored 19 points, dished out nine assists and had six rebounds. Tournament MVP Felicia Harris added 18 points and six boards and Tyiana Sears had 13 points.
Gunta Basko (Olaine, Latvia/Riga Secondary #3) scored 20 points and had six rebounds but made just six of 17 shots. Liene Jansone (Riga, Lativa/Riga Secondary #45) added 15 points. Siena's starting five combined to make just 13 of 41 (.317) shots.
With the win, Saint Peter's earns the MAAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Saints will hope for an at-large berth into the NCAA's or possibly a bid in the WNIT. The NCAA field will be announced Sunday with the WNIT field to be announced soon thereafter.