Nov. 12, 2010
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - With a young, new look team, Siena women's basketball suffered some early growing pains Friday night as the Saints' dropped their season opener to Navy by a 57-43 final here in the ARC. Serena Moore and Maja Gerlyng each reached double figures for the Saints' with 14 and 12 points respectively.
"I thought we played really hard tonight," said head coach Gina Castelli. "We just couldn't get over the hump. We had some good opportunities and open shots, but we really struggled to convert."
Siena (0-1) shot just 34% (17-for-50) from the field and struggled to cut into Navy's (1-0) lead for most of the game. Every time the Saints seemed to string together a few baskets, the Mids seemed to answer right back.
Navy point guard Angela Meyers was the key difference during those runs, including a spurt in which she scored seven straight points late in the second half, initiating a 14-5 run that all but sealed the game. Meyers finished with a game-high 21 points, adding five assists.
"She's a strong player and where I thought she was more of a difference maker was on the defensive end," said Castelli. "We knew she would score and she did, but a lot of it was because of her defense."
Gerlyng, who scored a career-high 13 in the opener on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting at Illinois a season ago, continued to show success in season lid-lifters. The junior guard finished 3-for-7 from three and scored eight straight points for the Saints during an early second half run that pulled Siena within seven at the 16 minute mark, 34-27.
"I thought she did really well," noted Castelli. "She's definitely a player you have to key on. She did a good job of making shots and is someone we will definitely look to more."
Navy, which last season ranked amongst the national leaders with 7.7 made threes per game, once again proved to be deadly from beyond the arc. The Mids connected on 9-for-24 (37.5%) from long range and were led by Jasmine Pitts who went 4-for-7 from distance, finishing with 17 points.
Moore complimented Gerlyng's performance, narrowly missing a double-double with eight rebounds. Lily Grenci
added seven off the bench for the Saints.
Siena returns to action Monday night when they continue their season-long five game homestand against Colgate. Game time is 7 p.m. and the contest will be televised throughout New York State on Time Warner Cable Sports.