March 4, 2005
Buffalo, NY -Senior tri-captain Lauren Surber half court shot counted as time expired, but the Saints fell one point shy of advancing to the semi-final round as Fairfield claimed a 66-65 overtime win in the second round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this morning at the HSBC.
Four of the starting five for Siena finished with double digit outings, as MAAC All Rookie Team, Laura Menty, led the Saints matching her career high 23 points and added six rebounds in the loss.
Not ready for an early season finish, Menty two free throws, knotted the contest 56-56 for its sixth tie of the game pushing an extra five minutes of play time. Junior guard Michelle Blot fouled out for the second time in the post season, committing her fifth foul on Stephanie Ryan with (:02) good for one shot that put the Stags up 66-62.
Fairfield controlled the first half and led 31-24 at the break behind 14 points by Janelle McManus. The Stags shot 41.4% in the opening half and both teams controlled the boards with 16 each. Siena shot just 36% in the opening half, but heated up in the final 20 minutes.
Siena opened the second half on a 6-1 run and would trail no more than three points before both teams would exchange baskets at the stripe, junior guard Michelle Blot one of two free throw tied the contest 37-37, but it was Whitney Cave charity ball that gave the Saints a one point advantage with 11:27 remaining. Fairfield would again make a push as a Candice Lindsay trey put Fairfield on top 46-41 with 8:01 left to play.
After a poor shooting in the first half, Siena canned 30.4% (7-of-23) in the final half and made 14- of-18 (77.8%) at the line.
Surber showed off her range by connecting on the first three pointer of the game to knot the contest up at 13-13 with 11:45 left to battle. From there on the Saints would hit a wall, and miss all shots and relied on their charity shots to keep the contest close.
Cave turned her second postseason double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds, while grabbing her 13th double digit scoring and her eight double-double of the season. Surber chipped in with 13 points (4-4 FT), nine boards, four assists and three steals.
Sabra Wrice reached double figures for the Stags with 11 points, behind
teammate McManus game-high 25 points.
Fairfield faces regular season champion and top-seeded Marist on tomorrow.