UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - Siena opened up their 2017-18 season by traveling to Big Ten contender Penn State where the Lady Lions came away with the homecoming victory 86-72. The Saints shot an impressive 56-percent from the field in the fourth quarter to come back from down 35.
Kollyns Scarbrough led the way and notched the first double-double of the season with a game-high 21 points and career-high 12 rebounds for the Saints (0-1). Deja Rawls recorded 10 points and dished out seven assists for Siena. Maddie Sims and Anna Lundquist came off the bench and tallied nine points a piece.
Penn State (1-0) was led by Amari Carter who tallied 19 points, six rebounds and dished out five assists. Siyeh Frazier went 3-3 from the field and recorded eight steals against Siena.
With 3:52 left in the third quarter, the Saints trailed Penn State by 35, 68-35. The Saints then began their comeback. It was a 14-5 run to end the third frame in favor of the Saints to trail just 75-47 with 10 minutes left to play.
The Saints began the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run before the Lady Lions drained two free throws, but Siena rallied. Lundquist and Karolina Severova tallied back-to-back treys to put the Saints down 18 points, 77-59 with 6:29 left in the game. It was a total team effort in the comeback with Sabrina Piper getting a steal and a layup, Scarbrough knocking down two free-throws and with just 2:13 left in the game, Siena trailed by just 12 points, the closest they would get to the Lady Lions in the second half. The Saints would continue to battle the Big Ten contender, but the Lady Lions would walk away with the victory 86-72.
The Lady Lions wasted no time in the second quarter as shot 58.8-percent from the field during the frame. Penn State also held the Saints scoreless in the final 4:22 of the quarter. The Lady Lions led 49-22 at the half.
Penn State had started off early when they won the opening tip and ran down the court for an early layup. The Lady Lions led by seven two separate times in the first quarter, but Siena continued to keep it tight. With just under 2:30 left in the frame, Aaliyah Jones swiped the ball and ran down for a fast break layup which created a three-point play to put the Saints down just 16-12. Karolina Severova put the Saints down by just one with two free-throws made 17-16 late in the quarter. Siena held Penn State to no field goals for 3:24 during the final four minutes of play, but the Lady Lions led 22-16 after 10 minutes played. Siena returns home to the Capital Region to host sister school St. Bonaventure on Sunday, November 12 in the home opener. It is also Siena’s annual Stomp Out Homelessness game. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.