Nov. 13, 2007
Cambridge, Mass. - Harvard used a game-high 22 points from senior guard Lindsay Hallion to earn a 75-60 victory over the Siena (0-2) women's basketball team this evening in Cambridge, Mass. The Crimson shot a blazing 61.2% from the field to secure the win in its home opener. Senior co-captains Laura Menty and Melissa Manzer paced the Saints with 20 points apiece in the losing effort.
The teams exchanged baskets in the beginning stages of the contest as the lead changed six times early in the first half. At the 12:54 mark, freshman Madel Gimpes got Saints going as she sparked a 13-2 run with a 3-pointer from the corner. Menty capped off the run with back-to-back baskets giving the Saints a 20-12 advantage.
This proved to be Siena's largest lead of the game.
Harvard (1-1) responded with a 26-4 run of its own courtesy of Hallion's sharp shooting. She went 5-for-6 from the field over the first 20 minutes, and 9-for-13 over the contest.
The Saints entered intermission facing a 38-24 deficit. The Crimson shot a stunning 70.8% from the field and connected on all four 3-point attempts in the first half.
Siena entered the second half recharged as junior guard Shondaya Burrell got the scoring going quickly with a lay-up just 19 seconds into the period. Burrell managed seven points and six rebounds on the evening.
Manzer's hot shooting in the beginning stages of the second also helped Siena deplete its deficit. She connected on her first four shots, including three 3-pointers to get the Saints within striking distance. At the 11:53 mark she knocked down a pair of free-throws cutting the Crimson lead to 53-47.
This would be as close as the Saints would get as Harvard weathered the storm with solid shooting of its own.
Menty proved to be efficient in the post shooting an impressive 9-for-12 from the field. Her final basket with 2:06 on the clock sent her into 11th place on the program's all-time scoring chart surpassing Sacha Baker '01 and Ann Marie Graney '85 (1,264).
Harvard simply outshot the Saints as they went 10-for-11 from the line, and 45.5% beyond the arc on the night.
Siena returns to action on Friday evening when the square off with Atlantic-10 foe Rhode Island. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. in Kingston, R.I.