March 3, 2005
Buffalo, NY--Four players scored in double figures to lead fifth seeded Siena Saints women's basketball team to a hard fought 76-67 win over No. 10 Iona College in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on Thursday afternoon at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY.
Iona (6-22) led by one point 15-14 early in the first half before Siena put together a run off a Cave jumper to take the lead and pull away giving the Saints their largest lead of the half, 31-23. The Saints took a 35-27 lead at the break.
The Gaels managed to open the second half with an 8-0 run of their own with a solo act from freshman Tiara Headen, who connected on four consecutive shots for eight points to cut the lead back to two, 44-42, but Siena used a 7-0 run to retake a seven point lead with 13:21 left to play.
In addition to Dooley's 23 points, the sophomore point guard, who started her 28th consecutive game today, snatched a tournament game high of six steals, at the same time Cave recorded her 12th double digit scoring and her seventh double-double. She also grabbed a career high 17 rebounds in the win.
Junior Melissa Yeagley led the Gaels with 21 points while sophomore Meg Abele contributed 18 in the loss.
Siena shot 43.3 percent from the floor in the first half and finished the game hitting 43.4 percent. The Saints held a blistering 46-32 in rebound advantage and held the Gaels to 36 percent from the field. The Saints snatched 13 steals, and shared the rock 20 times.
Saints continue play tomorrow as they face Fairfield University in a 9:15 a.m. tip-off. Winner of this game faces top-seeded Marist College on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.