March 9, 2003
The Siena women's basketball team fell to Manhattan, 65-57, in the MAAC Tournament Championship game at Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J. With the win, the Jaspers advance to the NCAA Tournament while the Saints fall to 24-7 on the season.
After a couple of baskets by Manhattan in the first, Siena went on a 12-4 run to take a six-point lead at the 12:12 mark. Siena managed to maintain the lead for the next six minutes or so, but Manhattan slowly crept up on the Saints and tied the game at 20 apiece with a little over five minutes left in the first half. After a bried go ahead by the Saints, Manhattan took the lead for good on a layup by Eve Walters that follwed a pair of free throws by Siobhan Kilkenny, making the score 24-22. The Jaspers then increased their lead by as many as six before entering the lockerroom with a five-point advantage.
Gunta Basko nailed a three-pointer to start the second and pull the Saints to within two points of the Jaspers. But Manhattan then went on a `10-2 run, gaining a 10-point advantage over Siena with 14 minutes left to play. Manhattan continued to keep Siena at a distance for the next ten minutes, going up by as many as 14 points with 8:53 remaining on the clock. But the Saints would not go away, as Siena fought back to cut the Jasper lead to just two with 1:57 left to play. Manhattan held on though, walking away with the 65-57 victory and MAAC Tournament Championship.
Liene Jansone had a double double for the Saints, scoring 21 points and pulling in 14 rebounds. Gunta Basko and Jolene Johnston also hit double figure scoring with 11 and 14 points, respectively.
Rosalee Masone led Manhattan with 20 points and 11 boards and MAAC Tournament MVP, Siobhan Kilkenny added 19.
Siena shot just 42.3 percent from the floor and was plauged by turnovers as they threw the ball away 25 times. The Saints won the battle of the boards, 38-33.
Jansone and Johnston were named to the MAAC All-Tournament team for their efforts on the court for Siena.