FARUM, DENMARK - Siena Women's Basketball learned the past two days that the Danish National Team is a very imposing foe. The Saints fought hard and came out guns a blazing before Denmark pulled away late for a 72-56 victory at Farum Arena.
The Danish National Team had also defeated the Saints 77-58 just over 24 hours earlier, but on Tuesday night Siena gave the Danes everything they had.
Sophomore guards Allison Mullings and Ciara Stewart controlled tempo early, combining for 15 first half points as the Saints took a 35-34 lead into halftime. Siena succeeded in an up-tempo play, creating 27 Danish turnovers for the game which included 21 steals.
Denmark regained the lead in a back-and-forth third quarter and harbored a 47-44 advantage heading into the final period. After Mullings tied the game at 49-all early in the fourth, Denmark responded with a 12-1 run to break the tie and put the game out of reach.
Mullings continued her solid play on the trip and led the Saints with 13 points while swiping four steals. Lily Grenci narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds and Tehresa Coles was impressive again off the bench with eight points and three steals.
Clearly a marked woman playing in her home country and against many old friends and foes, Maja Gerlyng was bottled up throughout and finished with just four points. She left midway through the fourth quarter to a standing ovation from the Danish and Siena faithful alike.
Ida Tryggeson paced Denmark with her second straight 14-point effort, while Tea Jorgensen added 11. The Danes also held a 39-29 advantage on the glass.
Meanwhile the Saints struggled from the field, shooting just 28.8% (19-for-66) including 0-for-6 from three. Siena never got acclimated to the much deeper international three-point line, missing all 13 of their attempts from distance in their two games here.
The Saints depart Denmark early tomorrow morning with some wonderful memories both on and off the court. The second leg of their journey begins in Italy as the Saints are scheduled to arrive in Milan Wednesday and next play Thursday when they face the Como All-Stars.