March 6, 2004
Despite double-figure scoring production from five players, the Siena women's basketball team fell to Cansisius College, 81-72, in the semifinal round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Championship. The Saints (17-11) are eliminated from the conference tournament while the Golden Griffins (19-10) will advance to the championship game to be played tomorrow, Sunday March 7 at noon.
After a bried two-point Siena lead to open up play, Canisius took the lead at the 17-minute mark and never trailed the rest of the way.
The Golden Griffs built up a seven-point first-half advantage at the 12:43 mark, but Siena closed to within one nearly four mintues later on a jumper by Shimrit Gigi. Canisius built their biggest lead of the half with 2:48 left to play on a layup by Becky Zak for a 37-26 score. Siena cut that lead to seven by the half's end as the two teams entered the locker room with a 37-30 score in favor of Canisus.
The Green and Gold would not get any closer than six points of Cansius the remainder of the way. After the Sherron Burgess layup that brought the Saints within three field goals of the Golden Griffs, Canisius went on to build up their biggest advantage of the game at 15 with 2:13 to play. The deficit proved too much for Siena as Canisius rolled to their 81-72 MAAC Championship clinching victory.
Jolene Johnston led Siena with 21 points and eight rebounds. Nathalie Marchino (14 points), Lauren Surber (11 points), Katelyn Dooley (10 points) and Shimrit Gigi (10 points) rounded out the double-figure scoring.
MAAC Player of the Year Janel Stevens managed the game's only double double, scoring 23 points while adding 10 boards.
Canisius outrebounded Siena 42-34 and shot 50.8 percent from the floor, compared to just 40.6 percent from the Saints.