Nov. 8, 2004
In the lone preseason game of the 2004-05 Saints women's basketball, Siena outshined the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL) East tour team grabbing a 25-point lead at halftime en route to a 93-57 victory.
"The team played hard and played together and that is a good indicator of what this team can do," said Head Coach Gina Castelli. "It's a good sign that the perimeter game was there because it is something we are going to need to be a successful team."
The Saints rained down six three's in each half and shot 12-for-27 (44%) from beyond the arc for the game. Siena also dominated the boards grabbing 53 caroms, 25 off the offensive glass, compared to the NWBL's 24.
Sophomore Katelyn Dooley shot 9-for-17from the field on her way to a game high 23-points. Dooley also added eight assists, six rebounds and a pair of steals.
"This was a major boost to our confidence as a team," said Dooley. "The energy was there tonight, everybody was moving and we were able to hit the open shots."
Junior Whitney Cave (12 pts. and 10 reb.) and freshman Laura Menty (11 pts. and 10 reb.) added double-doubles in the victory. In all, three other Saints players finished with double figures (Lauren Surber 15, Laura Menty 11, Melissa Manzer 10).
Junior Michelle Blot swiped a game-high five steals leading the Siena defensive charge. The Saints forced 21 turnovers in the game.
Siena shot 11-12 from the free throw stripe.
The Saints open the season with a four-game road trip before returning to the ARC to open up the home schedule against Duquesne on Tuesday, November 30th, at 7 p.m. For more information or to buy tickets call Camelia Trahan at 518-782-6769.