March 22, 2003
The Siena women's basketball team ended their 2002-03 campaign falling to Creighton University, 96-86, in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). With the loss, the Saints finished up the season 25-8.
The Saints led the entire first half, going up by as many as 10 points with 11:47 on the clock. Creighton fought back however, and cut the Siena lead to just one at the 10:40 mark after sprinting to a 9-0 run. The Saints would not relinquish their lead and climbed back up to an 11-point advantage as Liene Jansone capped off a 10-0 Siena run on a layup with 3:20 remaining. The Blue Jays scored seven unanswered points in the final minutes of the first and the Saints went into the locker room with a 41-37 lead.
Siena climbed back up to a 10-point lead at the 13:39 mark on a three pointer by Erica Anderson. Creighton again battle back to pull to within one as they went on another 9-0 run making the score 57-56. After tying it up for the first time at 65, the Blue Jays took their first lead of the game with 8:36 left to play on a three pointer by Christy Neneman. The two teams were neck and neck in the remaining minutes and the game was tied up four more times before Creighton slowly pulled away from the Saints to take a six-point lead with 51 seconds on the clock. The Blue Jays went 8-for-8 from the line, including a six-for-six effort from Dayna Finch, and walked away with the 86-96 victory.
Five Saints scored in double figures. Gunta Basko finished her career at Siena netting a season-high 24 points. Liene Jansone and Erica Anderson finished the night with 14 a piece while Nathalie Marchino and Jolene Johnston recorded 12 each.
Five Blue Jays also scored in double figures with Neeman and Laura Spanheimer each matching a game-high 24 points.
The Saints shot 54.2 percent from the floor compared to Creighton's 50.7 percent but the Blue Jays sank eight three pointers while Siena put away only four.
Both teams pulled in 35 rebounds.
The Saints finished the season with a record-breaking 25 wins.